Township of James/Elk Lake

​​​Why are building permits important?


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BUILDING PERMITS

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


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

SIGN PERMITS

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

IMPORTANT:
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.