Building Permits & Renovating

Why are building permits required?

Building permits are required to ensure that all buildings are constructed in a safe and healthful manner in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, the Township of Brock Zoning By-law, as amended, and all applicable laws. They are also required to ensure that a new use in an existing building does not interfere with life and structural safety elements in the existing building.

Plumbing permits are included with the building permit.  Stand alone plumbing permits are required if only plumbing work is proposed – i.e. water, sewer connection, relocating plumbing within an existing building, etc.

When are building permits required?

Building permits are required for the following:

  • New construction
  • Additions (regardless of the building area)
  • Renovations
  • Demolition
  • Creation of an apartment-in-house
  • Prefabricated buildings
  • Mobile homes
  • Installation or alteration to a building system (plumbing, heating, air conditioning)
  • Farm buildings
  • Fireplaces and other wood burning appliances
  • Decks, porches, carports, garages (detached or attached) and other accessory buildings
  • The change in use of a building
  • Finished basement
  • Roof Mounted Solar Panels
  • Wind Turbines
  • A tent under 3.14 of the Ontario Building Code
  • Free Standing Signs under 3.15 of the Ontario Building Code

Building permits are not required for new construction with a building area less than 10 s.m. (108 s.f.) provided that no plumbing is contained; and decks not attached to the house, not more than .60m. (2 ft.) above grade.

How long does it take to obtain a permit?

Article Division C of the Ontario Building Code prescribes the period within which the Chief Building Official shall issue or refuse to issue a building permit.  The times specified below are working days and the period commences the day after a complete application is submitted.  An application is deemed to be complete when the required plans and associated documents prescribed within the Township of Brock Building By-law – i.e., trusses, shop drawings, HVAC, building permit fees (except development fees which are payable when the permit is issued), etc. are submitted for review; and approval from other applicable laws i.e., Zoning By-law, Conservation Authority, Health Department, MTO, site plan approval, etc. is obtained.

Detached, semi detached, row or townhouse where no dwelling unit is located above another dwelling unit. 10 days
Detached structure serving a dwelling above and does not exceed
55 s.m. in building area.
10 days
A tent to which Section 3.14 Division B applies. 10 days
A sign to which Section 3.15 Division B applies. 10 days
A building to which Part 9 of the OBC applies. 15 days
A farm building having a building area less than 600 s.m. 15 days
A building to which Part 3 of the OBC applies. 20 days
A farm building having a building area greater than 600 s.m. 20 days
Post disaster buildings. 30 days
Complex buildings. 30 days

How long is a permit valid for?

Building construction must commence within six (6) months of the issuance of a permit, and once started, building construction must not discontinue for a period of more than one (1) year or the permit may be revoked.

What can result when constructing without a building permit?

  • Costly repairs if building construction does not conform
  • Removal of construction not in compliance
  • Permit fee is double the cost
  • May result in legal action to gain compliance

How do I make application for a permit?

Permit applications may be obtained from the Building Department or online.

What do I need to submit with the application?

A copy of the survey, or plot plan detailing distances of buildings to all lot lines and location of well and septic bed, if applicable; plus 2 sets of fully detailed construction plans are required at the time an application is submitted.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all necessary approvals as required prior to construction, such as the Conservation Authority, the Region of Durham Health Unit, Zoning By-Law amendments, Site Plan Agreements, Committee of Adjustment approvals, etc.

Designer Requirements (pdf)

Energy Efficiency Design Summary – Prescriptive Method (pdf)

When do I call for Inspections?

Mandatory inspections (pdf)

Swimming Pools – Installation of enclosure prior to filling pool with water.  Swimming Pool Fence By-law details here.

It is important to call for inspections at the stages indicated to ensure compliance to the Ontario Building Code and applicable By-Laws.

How much are the permit fees?

The permit fees are calculated based on the size of the structure and the type of construction, whether new residential, commercial or industrial; accessory buildings, decks and porches, farm buildings, alterations and repairs to existing structures, swimming pools and other categories.  The minimum permit fee for all building permits is $100.00 unless otherwise stated in the By-Law.  Fees are payable in full when the application for the building permit is submitted.

Building Permit Fee Schedule (pdf) (refer to Schedule ‘B’ of the by-law).

Development charges are collected on behalf of the Township of Brock, Region of Durham and the Board of Education upon issuance of the building permit for all new residential units and for non-residential development.

Development Charges – 2019

Mandatory On-site Sewage Maintenance Inspections

The Township of Brock was mandated by the Province through the Ontario Building Code to inspect all properties on septic systems that are located within 100 metres of Lake Simcoe and 100 meters of the Lake Simcoe watershed.  The Township of Brock has contracted the Region of Durham Health Department to perform these inspections.

Inspections of the properties within 100 metres of Lake Simcoe started in 2013.  The mandatory inspection program requires all systems be inspected every five years. Further information is available regarding the Important Information for The Property Owner Mandatory On-Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program (pdf).

Similarly, all properties within 100 metres of the Lake Simcoe watershed are also required to be inspected every 5 years. The Important Information for The Property Owner Mandatory On-Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program and Backgrounder (pdf)  contains further information pertaining to this program.

Response is requested by completing the Regional Municipality of Durham Health Department Sewage Inspection Form (pdf) and returning it to the Region of Durham Health Department by April 20, 2018.

How to Locate Your Private Sewage Disposal System (pdf)

The cost to perform this program is to be borne by the property owner as directed by Council.

Third party inspection reports may be accepted using the Third Party Inspection Certificate (pdf).

Further information about the program may be found through the Durham Region Health Department, or at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Housing, or by contacting the Building Department at the Township of Brock.