Be advised, the Civic Centre is closed to the public. However, Building Division services are available online, by phone and by email.
Due to a large volume of permit applications and inquiries, please allow five to 10 business days for a response. Once your application is processed or we respond to your inquiry, standard timeframes apply. The Zoning Examiner will endeavour to review and respond to your application within five business days. The Plans Examiner will endeavour to complete a building code review and respond within the mandatory times frames set out in the Ontario Building Code.
Check out our ePermit services that offers email service for permit application submissions, plan review software and permit issuance via email. Visit our building inspections webpage for information on site inspections.
If you still wish to submit paper applications and plans, please contact the Building Division by email or phone 905-476-4301.
The Building Division reviews permit applications, issues permits and conducts on-site inspections for construction and renovation projects within Georgina. If you are planning to construct or demolish a new building, addition or deck, install a pool or renovate/alter an existing building, you will need to obtain a permit before you start.
The information below will help you prepare to obtain a permit. For assistance or more information please contact the Building Division by email or phone 905-476-4301.
Permit applications must be complete at the time of submission; incomplete applications will not be accepted. However, appications without prior zoning by-law review and approval will still be accepted. These applications will result in longer review times.
Requirements for an application:
- A completed Permit Application form
- All required forms related to the type of work/permit
- Payment of permit fees
- 2 copies of a detailed site plan, including all buildings and setbacks to lot lines
- 2 sets of construction drawings, including all construction information
Other approvals and drawings may be required when you submit your permit application, including:
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority approval
- Site Alteration Permit approved by the Town's Development Engineering division (applied for at the Building Division)
- An Entrance Permit from the Town's Infrastructure and Operations Department (applied and paid for at Customer Service - 1st floor at the Civic Centre)
- Minsitry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Heritage Committee, etc.
After you review the web site for the type of project you are proposing, you may contact the Building Division by email or phone 905-476-4301.
Frequently Asked Questions
Owners of houses with 1 or 2 dwelling units may design and take responsibility for their own drawings. However, a level of design competency and an understanding of construction is required. If you feel overwelmed, you would be well advised to hire a designer with the appropriate credentials. All designers must be registered by Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Ask your designer for their Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) to ensure they are qualified.
You can have either the contractor or designer apply on your behalf if you fill out a Letter of Authorization. Although the contractor or designer is acting on your behalf, you are responsible to ensure inspections are scheduled and work is passed by the inspector. Ultimately, under Ontario's Building Code, the owner is responsible for all construction on their property.
Each project is given a cover sheet explaining which inspections are required and when to call for an inspection. The sheet also describes how and when to request the inspection.
There may be external agencies that are applicable law such as Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation, Ministry of the Environment, etc. If your property is along the lake or close to a water body, it is likely to be regulated by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation AuthorityDrop by to the Building Division service counter or call us at 905-476-4301 and discuss your proposal with our staff. They will be pleased to answer your questions.
You need an authorization letter from the current owner of the house prior to applying for a building permit. If you have bought a house that is in mid project from the previous owner, you must apply for a Transfer of Permit. You can also submit for the permit, have all approval and zoning in place, then apply for the final Building Permit once you own the property.
If, after 6 months, construction has not yet commenced, your permit may be revoked as per section 8 of the Building Code Act. If you find you cannot start the project within the 6 months, you can write to the Chief Building Official for an extension on the permit.
Ontario’s Building Code Act and municipal Zoning By-laws allow construction to be carried out in accordance with Ontario's Building Code and applicable law. This is not a public process where neighbours would be notified. Where the proposed construction would not comply with Zoning By-law, an application to the Committee of Adjustment for a Minor Variance to the zoning requirements may allow the applicant some relief. This is a public process where neighbours within 60 meters would be notified.
You must submit the revised drawing(s) to the Building Division. There may be a fee associated with the submission.
You must submit the revised drawing(s) to the Building Division prior to changing the construction from the plans on which the permit was issued. Any construction completed not in accordance with the permit drawings will result in orders being placed on the project. If you have a contractor doing the work, ensure the contractor submits revised drawings prior to commencing the change. There will be a fee associated with the revised submission.
Yes you need a permit to demolish any building over 108 square feet or for any structure that has plumbing. If the structure is connected to municipal water and services, the property owner must call the Building Division to have the capping off of the services inspected. It is the responsibility of the property owner to have the utilities (i.e. Hydro, Gas) located prior to demolition. Once the site is clear of debris, another inspection is required to clear the permit. Any material must be disposed in an approved site.
Yes, a Permit is required for the installation of water, drain pipes and fixtures.
If someone is constructing a building without a permit, you can call the Town at (905) 476-4301 to register a complaint with the Building Division. The Building Division will need:
- the address of the alleged construction,
- the name and contact information of the person you believe to be constructing without a permit,
- your name and contact information so that we may contact you for additional information/clarification, if needed. (Complainant information is held in confidence and will not be released as regulated by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act)
All septic designers and installers are licensed through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Building Division in the Town of Georgina handles applications and issues permits for the installation or repair of septic systems.
Tarion, the private company that provides new home warranty protection for most new homes and condominiums built in Ontario by registered builders, licenses all home and condominium builders pursuant to the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. This statute requires home builders to provide purchasers with warranty coverage that is guaranteed by Tarion. It also establishes minimum time standards for after-sales service, and adjudicates issues between homeowners and builders.
Property owners who act as their own general contractor (i.e. you are personally hiring each of the various construction trades) and intend to live in the home after construction, will not be covered by warranty under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
As the owner of the property, you are responsible for ensuring that you have hired qualified people. For more information regarding designer qualification and exemptions, please contact Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). Designer qualifications can be viewed through the MMAH or by accessing its online Public Search Registry.