Township of James/Elk Lake
Why are building permits important?
Building Permits must be obtained before any construction project. Building Permits are for the safety of the home owner and any future owners of the property and provide information to MPAC in order to keep property assessments current.
Demolition Permits must be obtained before any structure, over 108 square feet, is demoed or moved off of a property. Some farm buildings may be exempt from this but please contact us or your municipality for more information on farm buildings.
WHEN DO I NEED A PERMIT?
BUILDING PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR:
any addition to an existing structure
any new structure 108 square ft or more
porches or decks 24” or more in height
carports or garages
structural alterations to existing buildings
moving or lifting an existing building
installing a woodstove or fireplace
adding windows or doors
increase in size of existing windows or doors
creating an apartment
altering or adding plumbing
DEMO PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR:
demolishing any structure 108 square ft or more
moving any structure 108 square ft or more. Example: removing a shed off of your property
Any and all signs require a Building Permit except for:
signs for regulating traffic
signs in display windows
small directional signs
signs painted directly on a building
WHEN IS A PERMIT NOT REQUIRED:
detached decks less than 24” in height
detached structures less than 108 square ft
replacing roofing (shingles, tin, etc.) or siding
replacing windows and doors of the same or smaller size (no change in header)
interior walls, floors, ceiling or finishes
weeping tiles or tarring a basement
replacing current plumbing fixtures
Always check with your Municipality before starting any project to determine if a Building Permit is required or to find out about local zoning or by-law requirements.
Local utilities such as hydro, gas and telephone operate independently from the municipality and need to be contacted regarding specific approvals and inspections.
Ensure you know where utilities are located before starting to dig. You can obtain line locates by calling 1-800-400-2255 or visit their website www.ontarioonecall.ca.