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Whether you are an experienced builder or an owner who wants to build your own new home, the information here will help prepare you to submit your permit application.

Preparation

Make sure you can build the house you want by consulting:

  • Town of Georgina, Zoning By-law:
    • How to use the Zoning By-law
    • Please email building@georgina.ca for Zoning By-law information to determine whether a new house is permitted on the lot; the minimum setback distances to property lines, maximum lot coverage and other zoning restrictions. We can also provide information about Development Charges.
  • Town of Georgina, Septic System Approvals:
    • If the property does not have municipal sewers, the house and an approved septic system must be designed to fit on the lot. Please speak to a septic system designer or begin with information from the Building Division
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority:
    • Approval from the LSRCA is needed if you are constructing in their regulated area. LSRCA regulations may restrict construction. Consult LSRCA’s mapping tool to see if your property is regulated.
  • Contact the Development Engineering Division by email at engineering@georgina.ca for information regarding a Site Alteration Permit. This ensures that the grading and drainage of your property will not negatively affect a neighbouring property. This approval will be needed before building permit issuance.
  • Infrastructure and Operations Department:
    • An Entrance Permit, which will be needed for driveway access if your property fronts onto a Town Road.
    • A Permit to Connect, which is issued when you connect or reconnect to Municipal Water and Sewers

Design

Design is the next step. You will need a set of construction drawings to submit to the Building Division to review before a permit can be issued and construction can begin.

  • Design drawings
    • Must be prepared by a competent designer
    • Must be drawn to scale and accurately and neatly drawn
    • May be made by the owner if the owner takes responsibility for the design (Note: all designers must demonstrate a level of design competency)
    • May require a designer with specific credentials (ie. P.Eng.) for complicated or specialized designs
  • The drawing package will include:
    • Site Plans (showing lot dimensions, north arrow, the road, any watercourses, all buildings, building sizes, proposed construction dimensions, setbacks to property lines of all buildings, driveway dimensions)
    • Foundation plans
    • Floor plans
    • Cross sections of wall construction
    • Elevations
    • Roof framing plans (or Truss drawings with layout and P.Eng seal, where proposed)
    • Heat Loss design from a suitably qualified designer
    • Manufacturer’s layout of any proposed engineered floor, roof or wall systems, as well as specifications for laminated beams or other engineered products.
    • Additional information as deemed necessary to accurately show proposed work

When applying for a building permit we require:

  • Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish, including Schedule 1 - Designer Information
  • 2 copies of detailed Site Plan
  • 2 sets of all construction drawings to scale and dimensioned
  • Letter of Authorization signed by owner, required only when the applicant is not the owner
  • Permit Fees:
    • $1.33/ft2 (including decks less than 108ft2),
    • $311 flat rate for Decks and Porches greater than 107ft2,
    • $311 flat rate for each woodstove and fireplace,
    • A separate Septic System Permit will be necessary if you are not on a street with municipal services,
    • $311 Occupancy Deposit. This Deposit is refunded if a Final Inspection is passed within 6 months of occupancy occuring,
    • Other fees depending on the scope of work.

Note: the above fees are provided for convenience only, see Building By-law for official fees schedule

Contact the Building Division by email at building@georgina.ca to request more information or to clarify anything regarding construction of a building.

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