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Permits and Drawings


What is a Building Permit?

A Building (or Construction) Permit is essentially a license, which must be obtained from the municipality by the property owner or contractor. A permit grants legal permission to undertake demolition, repair, alteration, construction or to change the use of a building / structure located on private property. A permit must be acquired prior to the commencement of any work and must be displayed in a conspicuous place until the job is completed and approved by the Chief Building Official.

Please be advised that projects may be subjected to further fees dependent on the scope of work. Fees include, but are not limited to: Development Charges, Site Plan Control Agreement, Subdivision Proposal Review, and Lakeshore Road Allowance etc. If additional costs may defer you, and to minimize additional surprise costs upon permit pick-up, please check with the Building Department before applying for a building permit for fees which may pertain to your project.

When do I Need a Permit?

Building Permits are required for:

  • Demolition
  • Construction of New Buildings
  • Removal or Replacement of Weeping Tile
  • Additions to Existing Buildings
  • Change of Use of Existing Buildings and Structures
  • Renovations, Repairs and Alterations to Existing Buildings
  • Installing or Changing Plumbing
  • Installing or Changing Drains and Sewers
  • Outdoor Additions (e.g. Pools, Decks, Retaining Walls, Gazebos, etc.)
  • Building Systems (Heating Systems, Cooling Systems, Fire Protection, etc.)
  • Relocation (e.g. Prefabricated Structures and Buildings)
  • Rehabilitation of a Building or Structure

For specific requirements contact your Chief Building Official.

Why do I Need a Permit?

A building permit is required to protect you and your community’s health, safety and well being. The process associated with acquiring a permit requires the comparison of the plans and details of projects against the requirements of the Ontario Building Code and pertinent laws, completed by an independent party from the Building Department. Once the plans are approved the Chief Building Official will inspect the project during several stages of the project. This process is meant to guarantee the safety of public, labourers and those who will occupy / use the structure. These inspections have the added benefit of preventing future issues by ensuring that all buildings and structures comply with the applicable Municipal Zoning By-laws.

Where Can I Get a Permit?

A permit can be acquired at any of the following locations:

  • Municipal Office in Callander, 280 Main Street North
  • Satellite Office at 26 Main Street, North, Unit #9
  • Permit Applications can be downloaded from this website by clicking on the appropriate form listed on the left hand side under the title “”Forms”"

How Do I Obtain Further Information?

You can access information related to any recent changes to the Building Code Act, Building Code or general information from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Building Development Branch: