Building Services

Building Permits

The Building Department is responsible for ensuring that construction and renovation projects in the Township are safe and adhere to the zoning by-laws, the Ontario Building Code and any applicable health and safety regulations.

Building Permit Fees

To view the 2021 Building Permit Fees, please refer to By-law 2020-91, Fees and Charges – Building.

Apply for your Permit Online!


The Township is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community an online application system to apply for and track your building permits.

The online building permit system allows you to apply for and to see the status of your application anywhere, at any time. You can start an application and finish it later, and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. You can even request building inspections!

To get start, click the following link:  Apply for a Building Permit

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Guide to Cloudpermit – the Application process

A building permit is a formal written approval from the Township to construct, add on to, or renovate an existing building on your property.  A septic permit is required to repair or install a septic system.

There are many instances that require an individual to obtain a building permit. It is necessary to apply for a building permit when you plan to:

  • Construct a new building
  • Renovate an existing building
  • Construct or excavate a foundation
  • Install or replace a septic system
  • Demolish a building
  • Build a deck

Once you have submitted a building permit application to the Township, it will be reviewed to determine compliance with the Building Code Act. Your application will also be reviewed to ensure that it complies with the Zoning By-Law and any other applicable requirements.

Once a permit has been issued, it is your responsibility to contact the Building Department to request the building inspections as noted on your permit. Failure to do so may result in additional fees and/or the need to uncover work already completed so that an inspection may be completed.

Building Permit Fees

The following Building Permit Fees for the 2018 year were calculated in accordance with the Fees and Charges by-law. Building Services has delegated fees for building, demolishing, and renovating in residential, institutional, commercial, agricultural, and industrial settings.

Development Charges

Development Charges for the County of Grey can be found here. Please note, County Development Charges are collected by the Township at the time of issuing the building permit for new or redeveloped residential properties.

Sea Cans and Shipping Containers

We are noticing an increase in the use of sea cans or shipping containers being used for storage across the Township.  When a shipping container is no longer used for its original purpose (i.e., shipping or storage of freight) and is permanently placed on private property for use as storage, it is then considered to be a building as defined in the Ontario Building Code Act. When a shipping container becomes a building and it occupies an area greater than 10 square meters, a Building Permit is required.

These containers are only permitted in specific zones and the number of units permitted on any one property is limited.  Please contact the Clerk’s or Planning Department before placing a unit on your property.

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