Effective January 1, 2006 building permit application
forms have been standardized province wide.
To obtain an Ontario building permit application form
from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing click
As part of the standardized process, the Ontario
Building Code now requires that all plans being submitted for a building permit
be reviewed by qualified & registered Ontario designers. Each designer must
have a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) & complete a Schedule 1
form in the building permit application.
Designers may be qualified & registered in one or
more categories that require review.
A typical house plan being submitted for a building
permit now requires review in at least two categories:
Some municipalities (check with your local municipal
building official) may also require review in two additional categories:
- Plumbing - House
- Building -
A garage plan may require review in either of
the House or Small Buildings categories & possibly the
Building - Structural category (again, check with your local municipal
If you are building with a septic system, a designer
qualified in On-site Sewage Systems must design the septic system &
complete a Schedule 1 form for submission with the building permit application.
Plans obtained from Home Concepts or other plan
providers must be reviewed by designers qualified & registered in the
We strongly suggest you discuss design review
requirements thoroughly with your local municipal building official to get a
clear understanding of the design reviews that will be required in your
Normally your heating contractor will provide the
design review and complete Schedule 1 for HVAC - House.
Similarly, your plumbing contractor will provide the
design review and complete Schedule 1 for Plumbing - House.
If the plan involves the use of an engineered truss
system, the truss manufacturer may be required to complete Schedule 1 &
certify the design of the proprietary trusses.
If the plan involves the use of an engineered floor
joist system, the joist manufacturer may also be required to complete Schedule
1 & certify their proprietary floor joist design.
Your general contractor or local municipal building
official may be able to provide the names of local qualified & registered
designers for reviews in the following categories:
- Small Buildings
- Building -
Alternatively, Home Concepts has arranged for
qualified & registered designers to review our plans in these three
categories. The following qualified & registered designers will review
Construction Plan Sets (no reviews of Study Sets)
House or Small Buildings category
House Plan - $225
Garage Plan - $150 CAD
Building - Structural category review:
William Kollaard, P. Eng.
Kollaard Assoc. Inc.
Fee: House Plan - $250 to $350
CAD (depends on plan)
Garage Plan - $150 CAD
Design reviews will require additional 'front end' or
'lead' time & some expense prior to submitting plans for a building permit
However, under the new provisions of the Ontario
Building Code, municipalities are now required to issue (or give reasons why
they will not issue) building permits within 2 weeks from the submission of the
building permit application form.
Ensure that the building permit application is
COMPLETE & all reviews required by your local municipality have been
undertaken & appropriate Schedule 1 forms submitted.
Correct submissions will ensure that
a building permit in 2 weeks.
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