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After careful consideration and to reduce the risk to Town of Georgina residents, customers and employees during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town’s Building Division is amending some permit services and suspending most interior permit inspections until further notice. Be advised, this procedural change may be amended as events and decisions occur.  

Building inspection requests must be received by 3 pm to receive your inspection on the next business day. 

All work must be ready for inspection at 8:30 am on the date of your scheduled inspection.

The Building Division inspects construction, demolition and changes of use of buildings and private swimming pool enclosures that are regulated by the Pool Enclosure By-law. Inspectors also perform special investigations of unsafe buildings, illegal construction and changes of use. Notification by the owner and inspections by the Town are mandatory.

To request an inspection, use one of the following three options:

The following information will be required when you submit your inspection request:

  1. Permit number
  2. Street address of construction
  3. Type of inspection required
  4. Contact name
  5. Contact phone number

Additional Inspection Fees

A fee  is payable for re-inspection of a previously failed inspection due to defective or incomplete work.

Deposit Refunds

Construction permits for new buildings and demolition permits of all buildings with plumbing, a deposit is collected prior to issuance. The deposit is returned only to the person identified on the receipt if the final inspection results in permit closure within 6 months of occupancy of new buildings or satisfactory completion of  required inspections related to demolitions.

When do I need an inspection?

You will find the required inspections marked on the back of your permit placard that accompanied your issued permit. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify the Building Division when the work is ready for the appropriate inspection. Safe access must also be provided to the building that is to be inspected. The permit placard must be posted and all approved drawings must be on site for the inspector. 

If your inspection request is received before 3 p.m, we will attempt to inspect the work the next business day. However, sometimes inspection requests exceed our resources. Occasionally we need to reschedule to another day. If we find that we will not be able to attend, we will try to call the contact person.

The following are some stages of construction that require inspection by the Building Division.

  • Demolition
  • Before pouring concrete for footings/structural slabs/piers
  • Foundations (before backfilling)
  • Structural framing
  • Insulation, vapour barriers and air barriers
  • Readiness to occupy (prior to occupying)
  • Fireplaces / wood stoves / chimneys
  • Sewers, underground drains and water services before backfilling
  • Water distribution piping
  • Pressure tests of plumbing systems
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Fire safety systems such as fire separations, alarm systems, sprinklers and standpipe systems, emergency lighting, exit signage
  • Commercial exhaust hoods and dust collection systems
  • Septic system construction and repair
  • Pool enclosures prior to filling the pool

For a complete list of required notifications and inspections, please refer to the Town's Building By-law, the Swimming Pool Enclosure By-law, and/or the Ontario Building Code.