People who are contemplating purchasing a new subdivision home and those who have purchased a new subdivision home usually have a list of questions regarding what they are permitted to do and/or when they can expect the various stages of construction to be completed.
Prior to the registration of a plan of subdivision, the developer is required to enter into a Subdivision Agreement with the Town. The Subdivision Agreement details the obligations of the developer to construct roads, sewers watermains, parks, open spaces, and other services in your subdivision. The developer provides the Town with monetary security to ensure completion of these works. Subdivision Agreements may also contain warnings/notices to prospective purchasers related to noise, trails, special building setbacks, etc. Public notice of the Subdivision Agreement is given through its registration on title to all building lots created by the plan. Once the Agreement is in place and the Plan of Subdivision has been registered the Builder, who has purchased the serviced lots from the Developer, may apply for building permits and begin constructing homes.
How can I access the plans for my house and/or lots?
Homeowners or purchasers should contact their builder for specific plans and drawings. The Town does keep plans on files as part of the building permit process. They may be viewed in the Town offices. A fee may be charged for copies.
What are purchaser warning and advisory clauses?
All Builder/Homeowner Purchase and Sale Agreements include purchaser warning clauses that alert new homeowners of potential issues regarding their subdivision. Purchasers should carefully review these clauses. When in doubt, homeowners should contact the Town’s Planning and Development Services for clarification.
What is the developer's responsibility?
The developer is responsible for underground services within the Town Right of Way, roadway construction, curbs, sidewalk, grading, sodding, drainage, street lighting, boulevard trees, perimeter fencing in the subdivision, and cleaning of construction mud from the roadways, until the development is finally accepted or assumed by the Town. Although the grading, sodding and drainage of the lots as well as the cleaning of construction mud from the roadway are the responsibility of the Developer the work usually completed by the Builder.
What is the builder's responsibility?
The builder is usually responsible for the construction of your house, lawn, driveway, grading, and lot landscaping. Check your Builder/Homeowner Purchase and Sale Agreement for specific details, since sometimes the builder passes some of these obligations on to homeowners.
Will there be a hydro box, sidewalk, community mailbox or lamppost in front of my property?
Information regarding the placement of hydro boxes, sidewalks, community mailboxes, lampposts, etc. abutting your property may be obtained from the Town of Halton Hills Infrastructure Services department at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2200.
For more information about community mailboxes, please contact Canada Post at 905-339-1266.
For information on cable TV boxes, please contact TV Cogeco at 905-333-5522.
What does final acceptance or assumption of new subdivision mean?
Final acceptance and/or assumption of a subdivision occurs when the municipality assumes responsibility for the maintenance of all municipal services within the town road allowance. This typically occurs within three to six years after the registration of the subdivision, or when all obligations of the developer have been fulfilled. Until this happens, the developer is responsible for all municipal and regional services and maintenance of the streets with the exception of snow clearance, garbage pick-up and public park maintenance.
When will I be receiving my grading deposit?
Review your Purchase Agreement or contact your builder. The grading deposit is part of your Purchase Agreement with the builder and is not held by the Town.
When does my garbage pick-up start? What is the garbage pick-up schedule?
Garbage, recycling, and green bin collection is a regional service. Please visit Halton Region's website, or call 311.
Who do I contact about my water service?
The developer is responsible for construction and maintenance of water and wastewater services until the subdivision is assumed by the Town. Upon assumption, The Region of Halton becomes responsible for all services related to water and sanitary sewers (not storm sewers).
For more information call Access Halton at 905-825-6000 or visit the Region of Halton website.
When will my boulevard tree be planted? My boulevard tree is dying, who can I contact?
Boulevard tree planting is the responsibility of the developer until the subdivision has been assumed. Trees will be planted following the sodding of yards, and the selection is based on the approved landscaping plan. Boulevard trees will be reviewed on a biannual basis by the developer and Town staff.
Who do I contact regarding construction nuisances?
All new subdivisions have nuisances pertaining to noise, truck traffic, dust and debris. The Town does require the developer/builder to mitigate these nuisances and work to reduce them where possible.
Concerns can be directed to Infrastructure Services at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2200.
Who is responsible for cleaning mud/dirt off the roadways?
The developer is responsible for maintaining clean and safe roads throughout construction.
There is constant noise on my street due to construction. Can I make a complaint?
There is a by-law in place which indicates the hours when noise is permitted. See By-law 2010-0030.
My street light is out. When will it be fixed?
Street lights are the responsibility of the developer until your subdivision has been assumed. If street lights are not functioning properly contact Infrastructure Services at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2200.
What does it mean to wait for final lot grading certification?
A professional engineer, working on behalf of the developer, must certify the final grading of lots to ensure it meets with the drainage plan approved by the municipality. This certification takes place after the property has been graded and sodded. In the interim, homeowners should not alter lot grading without permission from the developer. For clarification please call 905-873-2601 Ext. 2200.
When can I construct a pool, fence, patio, shed or deck on my property?
Final lot grading certification should be completed prior to any changes the owner wishes to make to the lot. You may require approval from the Developer prior to constructing pools or major landscaping when altering grading or landscape work done by the builder on your property. Be aware that builders and Developers can request that homeowners dismantle fences, desks, sheds etc., if necessary to complete their work. Do not install anything including pools that may alter the grading and/or drainage on your lot, or that of a neighbouring lot.
For clarification please call 905-873-2601 Ext. 2200.
After final lot grading certification and final acceptance or assumption of a new subdivision, can I build a pool?
The Town has a Pool Enclosure By-law that requires adequate fencing of swimming pools. Homeowners are required to apply for a permit for pools to ensure conformity with setbacks, gates, fencing, and security.
The Town also has a Site Alteration By-law which regulates grading changes to your property. Homeowners are required to apply for a Site Alteration Permit to ensure conformity with grading, fill, and drainage patterns.
When will my driveway be paved?
Driveway construction within the public road allowance is the responsibility of the developer. Some portion of your front yard may look like your lot but may be actually part of the public road allowance. It is often recommended that paving a driveway be delayed so that natural settlement may occur. Always refer to your lot on the plan of the subdivision and your â€œBuilder/Homeowner Purchase and Sale Agreementsâ€ regarding driveway construction responsibility and timing.
Who do I contact for problems or deficiencies in my new home?
Your builder is responsible for any deficiencies in your new home. First give your builder a chance to act on your complaint. Then if the builder fails to respond, notify TARION (formerly known as Ontario New Home Warranty Program) and request assistance within the proper timeframe for your warranty. It is important to record all complaints in writing to both your builder and TARION.
What is my house address?
Your builder will be provided with street addresses when the subdivision is finally registered. Please contact your builder for the street address.
Postal codes are to be obtained from the local post office at 905-877-1917.
Questions regarding addresses can be directed to the Zoning Officer at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2320.