Building Permit FAQ

What is a building permit required for?

A building permit is required for the construction of a building or structure, for additions, for a fireplace or wood stove and for most alterations (including plumbing).

A building permit is not required for:

  • Landscaping, sidewalks, driveways
  • Painting and decorating
  • New flooring (tile, carpet, etc.)
  • Installation of kitchen cabinets (not including plumbing fixtures)
  • Replacing doors (in existing openings)
  • Installation of new windows (in existing openings)
  • Re-pointing brick veneer or chimney brock
  • Replacing deteriorated wood for verandah floors or steps
  • Installation of air conditioners or heat pumps
  • Garden or tool sheds under 108 ft2/10 m2*
  • Re-shingling a roof (a $25 permit is required for the disposal of the old shingles to our landfill site; obtain permit from Landfill Attendant)

Why are there By-laws and Codes?

  • By-laws and codes ensure that development meets health, fire, structural and general safety requirements for the protection of the individual as well as the community as a whole. By-laws and codes also ensure a better standard of growth and development of the Municipality.

What drawings are required for a building permit?

  • If roof or floor trusses are used, they must be engineered by a recognized truss company
  • If you find that you cannot draw the plans yourself, you may be required to obtain the services of a qualified person
House
  • Site Plan
  • Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan(s)
  • Cross-section(s)
  • All Elevations
  • Fireplace details
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs)
Additions (view sample drawing [PDF: 549 KB])

Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following:
  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan(s)
  • Cross-section(s)
  • All Elevations
  • Fireplace details
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs)
Attached Garage or Detached Garage and Sheds or Carports (view sample drawing [PDF: 333 KB])

Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following:
  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan(s) NOTE: Windows and doors between garage and house should be shown
  • Cross-section
  • All Elevations
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs)
Decks

Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following:
  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Cross-section
  • Front Elevation
Inground Pools

Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following:
  • Site Plan including: Location of pool, building(s), deck(s) and fences
  • Cross-section of deck
Other Permits and Approvals

Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following:
  • 2 copies of working drawings
  • Septic approval (where required)
  • North Bay/Mattawa Conservation Authority Approval (where required)
  • Entrance Permit (from Ministry of Transportation on Highway 17 or 630)
This information is intended to provide general information only. The original By-laws, acts, regulations and other relevant documents should be consulted for detailed reference.

What other Departments and Jurisdictions may I need approvals and permits from?

Municipality of Calvin

  • Planning Department and Council By-laws, East Nipissing Planning Board, Site Plan Control Agreements, Land Severances, and Committee of Adjustment
  • Public Works Department – Entrance Permit

Ministry of Transportation

  • Entrance and/or
  • land use/construction permit on lands adjacent to provincial highways

North Bay/Mattawa Conservation Fill & Authority

  • Fill, construction, alteration to water ways permit
  • Septic system approval

Ontario Electrical Safety Authority

  • Electrical Permit

Ministry of Natural Resources

  • Work within water or building over water

Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada

  • Conservation Authority will advise of this requirement

What is the length of time to obtain a permit?

  • New house – 7 days for most applications
  • Additions – 7 days for most applications
  • Repairs, alterations, decks, carports, garages, and similar items are usually issued in a day or two

There may be exceptions depending on:

  • The complexity of the application
  • The completeness of drawings and information submitted
  • If referral to other departments or jurisdictions is necessary
  • If special approval(s) is required such as variances, septic systems and well approvals and development control

What are the mandatory inspections for housing?

Stage 1 Readiness to construct footings
Stage 2 Foundation/backfill
Stage 3 Below grade plumbing rough-in
Stage 4 Structural framing
Stage 5 Above grade plumbing rough-in
Stage 6 Insulation and vapour barrier
Stage 7 Substantial completion separations, fire alarms, closures and all fire protection systems of fire
Stage 8 Substantial completion of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and air contaminant extraction equipment
Stage 9 Occupancy inspection prior to completion
Stage 10 Completion of interior and exterior finishes, plumbing and site grading

Notice for Inspection

Failure to request mandatory inspections will result in a deficiency being recorded against the project and will be disclosed to any person having legal right to the information and may result in an Order to Uncover.

  • Notice must be given 24 business hours in advance for the above inspections
  • If work is being carried out by a contractor, ensure that the contractor calls for each necessary inspection
  • Look for inspection approvals before carrying out the next phase of construction
  • Mandatory inspections for housing call 705-744-2700 to arrange for an inspection

What are the types of permits and their cost?

BY-LAW NO. 2012-005

SCHEDULE B

BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES

New building and additions (except for accessory buildings) $400 for the 1st 50m2 of building area and $30 for each additional 10m2 or part thereof
Addition to buildings (except for accessory buildings) $150 for the 1st 20m2 and $30 for each additional 10m2 or part thereof
Accessory buildings i/c garages, storage buildings, barns, porches, carports, sundecks, balconies, solariums and sunrooms (i/c additions to accessory buildings) $100 for the 1st 20m2 and $30 for each additional 10m2 or part thereof
Residential alterations, repairs or renovations including chimneys, plumbing, windows, doors $100 flat fee
Demolition permit $75 flat fee
Change of use $100, includes one inspection
Moving a building into, within or out of the municipality $75 flat fee
Re-shingling a building. Permit issued to the homeowner allowing the disposal of old shingles at the landfill $25 flat fee plus tipping fees
Compliance letter (site inspection required) $75 flat fee
Occupancy permit (site inspection required) $75 flat fee