It is important to be fully aware about specific city services and operations, which may affect a homeowner’s property.
The decks and buildings by-laws and standards of each municipality ensure quality levels in the design and construction of all buildings and structures in cities across Ontario. If you plan to do major repairs and renovations to your home including building or renovating decks and gardens, you must contact your municipality’s Building Department to inquire if you need a permit before you begin.
Most construction work will require a building permit. This includes all detached or attached elements like decks and garden renovations. Before you can get a building permit, the Building Department will ask you for various specific information including drawings. This ensures that every construction project meets the requirements of the Ontario Building Code and all applicable laws, including any relevant zoning bylaws where you live.
A municipality’s Zoning By-law sets out what is and what is not permitted when it comes to renovations in decks and gardens. Normally, regulations for decks vary depending on the zone, the yard the deck is located in and the design of the deck including the height of any roof. Creating sidewalks, planters and other general landscaping in your yard may not require a building permit, but you are expected to take into consideration the way surface water drainage occurs on your and surrounding property.
In summary, here is a quick ten point checklist for Building Permits in Ontario.
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