Township of Carlow/Mayo Building Department helps to ensure public health and safety, fire protection, resource conservation, environmental integrity and accessibility although its primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of appropriate uniform building standards while safeguarding buildings where we live, work and play, are safe.
The building department reviews permit applications, issues permits, and conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, Township Comprehensive Zoning By-law and other legislation.
Also the building department performs preliminary reviews of building projects and provides zoning and Building Code information to the public, committees and other agencies.
Building Department staff would be happy to discuss your building plans, answer any questions, and help guide you through the permitting process. Please contact the building department office or the municipal office to schedule an appointment to ensure that the Chief Building Official is available to meet with you.
Chief Building Official Operating Hours
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required to construct, demolish, renovate, alter, install or change the use of a building. The following is a list of typical projects or situations that require the issuance of a building permit prior to construction:
- New buildings or structures greater than 10 square metres (108 ft²) in area, measured by the outside dimensions. This includes sheds, sleeping cabins or other accessory buildings or structures, including sheds and shed packages purchased from a store.
- Additions to existing buildings or structures.
- Renovations that involve structural framing.
- New or replacement decks.
- Replacement of windows or doors if the rough opening size is enlarged.
- Relocation or addition of plumbing fixtures.
- Replacement of interior water supply or drain pipes.
- Repair or replacement of all types of building foundations.
It is not necessary to obtain building permits to perform the following work. However, you must still comply with the requirements of the Township of Carlow/Mayo’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law and, if applicable, the Ontario Building Code.
- Accessory buildings with a floor area of 10 square metres (108 ft²) or less. Note: Zoning By-law requirements must be followed.
- Swimming pools and hot tubs.
- Replacement of plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, bathtub, shower, hot water tank) in their original locations.
- Replacement of windows or doors provided the rough opening size does not change.
- Replacement of shingles or other roofing material. However, if you are replacing or adding new roof trusses or rafters or changing the roof material example, shingle to metal, a building permit is required.
If the above lists do not include specifics related to your project, or if you are not sure whether a permit will be required, please contact the Building Department.
Please contact the building department to obtain a checklist of requirements specific to your project.
An Additional Administration Fee of $ 50.00 will be added to all Permit Fees (except $ 50. 00 Demo Permits).
|Building Types||Fee payable per square foot|
|Minimum Building Permit Fee||
|Residential Dwelling (seasonal/hunt camps)||$ 0.75 per square foot|
|Wood stove/Chimney/Plumbing||$ 100.00|
|Renovation||$ 50.00 plus 1% of construction cost|
|Garage/Accessory Building/Deck||$ 0.25 per square foot|
|Farm Building||$ 0.30 per square foot|
|Commercial/Industrial/Institutional||$ 0.50 per square foot|
|Change of Use||$ 50.00 plus 1% of construction cost|
|Residential Sewage System|
|Swimming Pool||$ 100.00|
|Stop Work Order/Order to Comply with Act or Building Code||$ 50.00|
|Work started without obtaining permit||$ 300.00|
|Building Permit Renewal (bi-annual)||$ 100.00|
|Other structures (towers, etc)||$ 8.00 per $1000.00 construction value|
|Designated Structures (retaining walls)||$ 100.00|
As a property owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained, even if you are hiring a builder or contractor. If you are unsure whether you need a permit, contact the Building Department to inquire. The Building By-law and the Ontario Building Code Act have penalties of up to $50,000 upon conviction for illegal construction. The costs to the property owner becomes much higher due to legal/engineering requirements.
- Electrical permits and inspections fall under the jurisdiction of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). It is the responsibility of the homeowner or builder to contact the ESA for proper approvals.
- Septic system permits and approvals fall under the jurisdiction of the Township of Carlow/Mayo and ARE required as part of the building process.
- An entrance permit is required to install a new entrance on your property, to change the location of an existing one, or to install a second entrance. Entrance approvals are handled by the Roads Department.
- New civic addresses (9-1-1 numbers) for vacant lots are acquired through the Township of Carlow/ Mayo municipal office.