Building permits are issued by Building Services and are reviewed for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and the other applicable provincial and municipal regulations. Building permits are also required to guarantee compliance with Zoning By-laws and other Applicable Law (Building Code Act; Section 184.108.40.206).
By obtaining a permit you can also utilize the professional expertise of the Building Services staff. Our Inspectors and Plans Examiners are certified and skilled with extensive training in Building Code regulations. They serve as excellent sources of knowledge and can provide suggestions to assist in resolutions to construction issues, often before they occur; consequently, saving you project time and money.
The Building Code Act requires that a building permit be obtained for the construction of any new building having a building area of more than 10m2 (108 square feet). It is illegal to construct or demolish without first obtaining a permit.
The Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-0050 has been approved in part by the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.). The majority of properties in Halton Hills are now subject to this Zoning By-law.
Included in the Comprehensive Zoning By law you will find the text and schedules (maps).
By-law 57-91 applies to a small number of properties in Georgetown (those properties are identified in Part 1.7 of By-law 2010-0050 (PDF) (pages 1-2 and 1-3, and again on Schedules A3-2 and A5) and further properties as identified in the O.M.B. order. By-law 57-91 also applies to properties in The 401 Corridor Area (By-law 00-138).
By-law 74-51 applies to a number of properties in the rural area (those properties are identified in Part 1.7 of By-law 2010-0050 (PDF) (pages 1-2 and 1-3, and again on Schedules A1, A12 and A20) and further properties as identified in the O.M.B. order.
Properties that are in the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area (The Plan Area is identified on Schedule A1 of By-law 2010-0050) are not subject to the local Zoning by-laws.
For further information you should contact the Niagara Escarpment Commission at 905 877 5191.
For information on Zoning By-laws or any other zoning information please contact:
Halton Hills Zoning Officer at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2320.
Compliance letters are a service provided by the Zoning section of the Infrastructure Services Department to provide comment in writing on the building and zoning status of a property. They are sometimes referred to as zoning certificates or work orders.
Information will be provided with respect to property matters under the jurisdiction of the Transportation and Public Works Department, such as:
- Zoning of the property and the uses permitted within that zone
- Minor variances granted.
- The status of building permits.
- Occupancy status.
- Details of any open work orders.
If a survey is provided, or on file, comments will be provided regarding the survey's compliance with the requirements of the Zoning By-law.
To request a compliance letter:
- A written request and the current fees must be submitted. Requests are processed on a first come, first processed basis.
- It is recommended, to allow sufficient time for processing, that requests are submitted a minimum of ten (10) working days (more for some commercial and industrial properties) prior to the date needed.
- A copy of the completed letter will be faxed out and the original will be mailed.
Building Permit Process
Building Permits are Required For:
- Addition, alteration or repair of an existing building or its plumbing system.
- Placing a structure on your property (i.e. mobile home).
- Installation of a temporary building.
- Installation of new plumbing in a building or part thereof.
- Installation or modification to site services (water or sewage lines).
- Installation of a sign.
- Raising a dwelling to provide a full basement.
- Accessory building construction.
- Detached or attached garages and carports.
- Installation of heating, ventilation or air conditioning. 1
- Installation of a solid fuel burning appliance, i.e. Wood burn stove or fireplace.
- Installation of a new furnace utilizing a new fuel source.
- Installation or repair of an on-site sewage system. 2
- Completion of a roughed-in bathroom or washroom.
- Addition/removal of a structural wall in a dwelling.
- Construction of a deck. 3
- Changing the use of a building.
- Demolition of a building
1 A building permit is required for the installation for an air conditioning unit for all buildings except for a house.
2 A building permit is required if you are installing or repairing an on-site sewage system, with a design capacity of 10,000 litres per day or less. For more information, please refer to “Conditions forming part of a building permit for an on-site sewage system”.
Contact the office at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2960 or drop by the Transportation and Public Works counter.
3 Decks: please refer to the Decks Guide
Building Permits are NOT Required For:
- Structures not greater than 10m2 (108 square feet).
- Air conditioning units for houses.
- Kitchen or bathroom cupboards (building permit required if plumbing is necessary).
- Retaining walls less than 1m in height.
- Replacement furnaces if the new and old furnaces have same output and use the same fuel.
- Replacing roof shingles on a residential dwelling.
- Painting decorating or general maintenance.
For all of the above projects you are still required to comply with the requirements of the Town of Halton Hills Zoning By-law.
Please see Transportation and Public Works User Fees for all applicable fees.
The official provincial "Application to Construct or Demolish" must be used for all permit applications for construction or for demolition. The Town also has a Change of Use Permit form. The council approved Building By-law is available for information. The various rates for which Building Permit Fees (see: Infrastructure Services User Fees) are calculated are available in the council approved User Fee By-law. The Ontario Building Code has been revised to include an explicit list of applicable laws that must be complied with prior to the issuance of a Building Permit. View the Town of Halton Hills Building Permit Application Process. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Building & Development Branch, has produced many helpful guides and other publications to assist Building Permit Applicants. For more information please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Website at www.mah.gov.on.ca or call 416-585-6666.
Building Services Inspection staff are responsible for the inspection of all new construction, ensure buildings and structures are constructed to meet health and safety provisions of the Ontario Building Code, the Building Code Act, the Building By-law and other applicable law and standards. Inspectors also perform building investigations of illegal construction and unsafe buildings.Schedule a Building Permit Inspection through our online web request form.
Mandatory Inspection Process
Pursuant to the Building Code Act and Ontario Regulations the persons to whom a Permit has been issued shall notify the Chief Building Official of:
- Readiness to construct the footings (Footings inspection)
Note: P.Eng.'s review/certification is required for all Part 4 designs or if the building is to be founded on engineered fill. (Information regarding engineered fill is marked on the building permit cards).
- Substantial completion of the footings and foundations prior to commencement of backfilling (Foundation Pre-Backfill inspection)
Note: This inspection must not be passed until the footings inspection is passed.
- Readiness for inspection and testing of building sewers and drains, prior to backfilling (Inside and Outside drains inspections)
Note: The inside drains inspection for houses must not be passed without the drain card being submitted to the town. If the outside drains have been installed prior to footings, a connection between the inside and the outside drains must be either inspected by the Town or certified by a P.Eng.
- Readiness for inspection and testing of water service pipes, prior to backfilling (Water service inspection)
- Readiness for inspection and testing of fire service main, prior to backfilling (Fire service mains inspection)
- substantial completion of ductwork and piping for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, prior to structural framing inspection (HVAC rough-in inspection)
Note: This inspection must pass or the “OK for framing” statement must be indicated on the inspection report.
- Readiness for inspection and testing of water distribution system, drainage and venting systems, prior to structural framing inspection (Plumbing rough-in inspection)
Note: This inspection must have been passed or the “OK for framing” statement must be indicated on the inspection report.
- Commencement of construction of:
- Masonry fireplaces and masonry chimneys
- Factory built fireplaces and allied chimneys
- Stoves, ranges, space heaters and add-on furnaces using solid fuels and allied chimneys
Note: This inspection must have been passed or the “OK for framing” statement must be indicated on the inspection report.
- Substantial completion of framing, including framing for fire separations and closures (Structural Framing inspection)
Note: This inspection cannot be scheduled until footings and foundation inspections are passed, HVAC and plumbing inspections allow for framing, and the OLS & TOW certifications have been submitted and accepted (for all houses, larger Part 9 and all Part 3 buildings).
- Substantial completion of the installation of air barrier, prior to the installation of exterior finishes (Air barrier inspection)
- Substantial completion of the installation of insulation and vapour barrier, prior to the installation of interior finishes (Insulation and vapour barrier inspection)
Note: This inspection must not be scheduled until the HVAC rough-in and plumbing rough-in inspections have been passed, and the framing inspection has been passed or the “OK for insulation & vapour barrier inspection” statement must be indicated on the framing inspection report.
- Substantial completion of all required fire separations and closures, and exterior fire rated walls (Fire separation inspections)
Note: This inspection is usually required to be conducted in two phases (the first phase may be required to be conducted prior to passing the framing inspection).
- Substantial completion of all fire protection systems, including standpipe, sprinklers, fire alarm, emergency lighting and commercial cooking equipment (Fire protection systems inspections)
- Readiness to construct the sewage system (Sewage system - ready to construct inspection)
Note: This inspection shall be conducted when the excavation of the tile bed is complete.
- Substantial completion of the installation of the sewage system, prior to the commencement of backfilling (Sewage system pre-backfill inspection)
Note: This inspection shall be conducted when the septic tank has been installed, all approved filter material has been installed and distribution pipes have been installed and levelled. This shall be a joint inspection with the responsible designer.
- Completion of sewage disposal system (Sewage system final inspection)
Note: This inspection shall be conducted when the final grading is completed and the vegetation is present and alarms have been installed where required. Designer's final review report is also required. Plumbing final inspection must not be passed until sewage system final inspection is passed, or the use of this system is permitted by the mechanical services inspector.
- completion of sewers, drains, vents and water distribution systems, including readiness for inspection of plumbing fixtures and appliances (Plumbing final inspection)
Note: Occupancy inspection must not be passed until Plumbing final inspection has been passed or the following statement has been written on the inspection report by the mechanical services inspector: “OK for occupancy as per the OBC, S.220.127.116.11.(1)”.
- Completion of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems and associated equipment (HVAC final inspection)
Note: Occupancy inspection must not be passed until HVAC final inspection has been passed or the following statement has been written on the inspection report by the mechanical services inspector: “OK for occupancy as per the OBC, S.18.104.22.168.(1)”.
- Completion of construction of required fire access routes (Fire routes inspection)
Note: The fire routes layout must be certified by an OLS prior to permitting occupancy.
- Substantial completion of construction and installation of components required to permit occupancy by Sentences 22.214.171.124 (2) and 126.96.36.199. (1) of the Ontario Building Code, (Occupancy inspection)
Note: The following statement must be used whenever the occupancy of an unfinished residential building is permitted: “Occupancy may be permitted as per the OBC, S.188.8.131.52.(1)”.
- Completion of exterior cladding and lot grading* (Final inspection)
*A separate lot grading inspection will be required whenever the lot grading plans have been submitted in support of a building permit application.
Note: When a separate lot grading inspection is scheduled, it will be conducted by the Lot Grading Inspectors. Building permits cannot be closed until both final and lot grading inspections have been completed. In all other cases, building inspectors shall inspect the grading based on requirements of the OBC, Articles 184.108.40.206. or 220.127.116.11.
Any inquiries should be directed to 905-873-2601 Ext. 2922.
NEW - Effective January 2, 2019, requests for surveys will be processed by Transportation & Public Works Building Services at Town Hall.
Only property owners or those with owner’s authorization will be able to obtain a survey.
If the requester cannot obtain owner’s authorization, they can:
The Building section derives its authority from the Ontario Building Code Act. Plans examination prior to issuance of Building Permits and on site inspections to ensure Code compliance are the main responsibilities. Structural, architectural, mechanical (heating, air conditioning and ventilation), plumbing, health and safety aspects of the designs are reviewed in the office and inspected during construction. All types of construction (for example: new, additions, renovations, demolitions and alternations) defined under the Ontario Building Code Act would fall within the scope of this section, for all types of buildings, including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, farm buildings, signs, tents, demolitions, etc.
Our Services includes
- Processing building permit applications and issuing permits for the construction, demolition, renovations, alterations and repairs of buildings and change of use.
- Plans examination of the design documentation submitted in support of the applications for permits.
- Performing mandatory inspections and inspections of unsafe buildings
- Issuing pool enclosure permits
- Review and inspect all new or renovated/altered buildings to ensure compliance with Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Town's Building By-law.
Our multi-disciplined team of professionals and administrative staff is committed to satisfy our customers' needs and promote safety of buildings through the application of appropriate uniform building standards.
New Interim Changes to the 2006 Ontario Building Code to be enforced on or after January 1, 2012.
The new provincial form must be used for applications submitted on or after January 1, 2011.
For code related issues please contact
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2924.
For general email inquiries to the Building Services section, contact us.
Under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, the Town of Halton Hills passed the Pool Enclosure By-law No. 2009-0028. As regulated under this By-law, owners of privately-owned swimming pools are required to erect and maintain enclosures around their pools. Building Services Section of the Transportation and Public Works Department is responsible for the issuance of pool enclosure permits and associated inspections.
What documentation do I need in order to apply?
All pool enclosure permit applications are to be submitted to the Transportation and Public Works Department - Building Division with the following documentation:
- Completed Application form for a Swimming Pool Enclosure Permit.
- Owner’s Authorization form if applicant is not the owner.
- Authorization form if applicant is not the owner.
- Two (2) copies of a plot plan/site plan (see: Guide for Pool Owners for details).
- Complete details of any existing fence(s) and gate(s) proposed to be part of the pool enclosure (including photographs).
- Pool enclosure permit fee (see: Transportation and Public Works User Fees).
- Written approvals from Directors of Recreation & Parks and Transportation and Public Works for the proposed construction access from any Town-owned property, if applicable.
- Written approval of the developer or owner of the subdivision if the proposed pool is within an unassumed plan of subdivision.
- Refundable damage deposit (see: Transportation and Public Works User Fees).
For more information please see:
Inquiries should be directed to 905-873-2601 Ext. 2960.
What is a Two-Unit House?
- A house containing two residential units.
- A residential unit consists of a self-contained set of rooms that:
- are located in a building or structure
- are used, or can be used, as a separate unit, and
- have a means of exit from the building (which may be shared with another residential unit).
A common example is a basement apartment.
Registration of Two-Unit Houses
Provincial legislation, the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, gives municipalities the authority to pass and enforce by-laws. In order to regulate the registration of two-unit houses the Town of Halton Hills passed the By-law 2016-0005. Registration of a two-unit house legalizes its existence and ensures that a two-unit building complies with all applicable codes and standards. Building Services Section of the Transportation and Public Works Department is responsible for the registration process.
For more information on the registration process please see
Inquiries should be directed to 905-873-2601 Ext. 2924.
Prior to submitting an application to register a Two-Unit House with the Town of Halton Hills the property owner needs to confirm that the Town of Halton Hills Zoning By-law permits Two-Unit Houses as a land use for their property.
For more information on zoning, contact the Zoning Officer at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2320.
“Environment Canada“ has provided the Town with the additional information respecting the ground snow load zones for the Town of Halton Hills area:
- The northwestern zone (including Acton) – a 50-year ground snow load of 1.9 kPa
- The southeastern zone Including Georgetown – a 50-year ground snow load of 1.4 kPa
- The zone along the Escarpment – the snow loads vary with elevation from 1.4 kPa at 275 m to 1.9 kPa at 305 m.
Please see detailed information.
Pamphlets and Guides
Building Services is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Building Code Act, and the Ontario Building Code. The primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of appropriate uniform building standards. Building guides are a way for residents to understand the process and correct documentation required for each project.
Permanent and Portable Signs
The Town of Halton Hills' Sign By-law controls any sign located outside a building wall, whether on private property or Town road allowance.
A Building Permit is required for a Permanent Sign.
A Portable Sign Permit is required for a temporary sign.
Section 6 of the Sign By-law describes signs not requiring a permit.
Portable Sign Permit Application Forms:
A variance process is available where the sign cannot be erected in compliance with the by-law. The process takes approximately 3 months.
For further information regarding Permanent Signs, please contact 905-873-2601 ext. 2924
For further information regarding Portable Signs and Sign Variances please contact 905-873-2601 Ext. 2330
- Permanent or Portable Signs and Variances
- Building Permits (required for a permanent sign)
The Town has no jurisdiction on Regional roads or provincial highways. Permanent Signs on private property adjacent to provincial highways require a permit from the Ministry of Transportation before a Town of Halton Hills' Permit can be issued.
Zoning staff administers the Town Sign By-law as it applies to the installation of permanent signs.
Zoning staff provides municipal addresses to subdivision developers for distribution to builders and future homeowners.
Urban and rural infill developments are assigned municipal addresses at the time of Building Permit issuance.
Green and white reflective rural municipal address blades are available from F.L. Signs Ltd., located at 14030 Steeles Avenue, 905-878-8549.
All fees for the blades are paid to F.L. Sign Inc.
Rural property owners are encouraged to erect the reflective green and white blades, which are easily identified by Emergency Response Personnel rather than municipal addresses of other colours or material.
Instructions of Placement of Rural Municipal Street Address Signs.
Please note that your Rural Municipal Street Address should be attached to a post which is clearly visible from both sides of the street. Numbers should not be placed on your house as they may not be clearly visible from the street. The sign should be adjacent to your property line at your driveway.:
Your Rural Municipal Street Address Sign
- Flat aluminium or metal sign blank of (5”x16”) dimensions.
- White numbers (4” height) on green background)
- Numbers and background to be made of Engineering grade retro-reflective traffic sign sheeting.