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The Espanola Building Services Department implements and employs the Ontario Building Code to minimize the risk of the public's harm with respect to the use and construction of structures. Building Services enforces the requirements of the Ontario Building Code in order to ensure protection from tragedy caused by fire, structural collapse and general deterioration of structures, such as homes, schools, offices, stores and warehouses. When the elements of the Ontario Building Code are applied, potential hazards to building occupants are reduced.
Download the Town of Espanola Building Bylaw and various permits below.
What is a Building Permit?
A building permit gives you legal authorization to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. Building permits are issued by the Town Of Espanola Building Services.. Building permits are reviewed for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, applicable municipal zoning bylaw and other provincial and municipal regulations for the protection of public safety, health and welfare.
Why do I need a Building Permit?
A building permit is the best way to protect a major investment in your home. A building permit provides information about the Town’s construction by-laws and regulations. It ensures that minimum construction standards are met and appropriate materials are used. It provides access to the professional advice of Building Services staff during the design and construction phases of your project to avoid problems in the future. Construction, alteration, conversion and/or demolition cannot start until a building permit is issued. Starting construction without a permit is illegal and a Provincial Offence under the Ontario Building Code Act. Charges may be laid. At a minimum, you will be subject to a double permit fee. Unsure whether you need a building permit?
The Town of Espanola Building Services staff will be pleased to answer your questions and to help you assemble and submit your application(s) for a building permit and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code. Who is responsible for obtaining a building permit? An architect or contractor may obtain a building permit on your behalf but the property owner is ultimately responsible.
When is a building permit required?
In general, a building permit is required to erect, install, extend, alter or repair a building.
The following are examples of projects that require building permits:
Are other permits required?
In some circumstances, Building Services staff will inform you that additional approvals are required before a building permit will be issued.
What information do I need to apply for a permit?
The Town of Espanola's application process for building projects requires detailed information from the property owner or authorized representative. Requirements depend on the nature of the project.
Deed or tax bill to verify property ownership and to provide a legal description of the property.
What is a BCIN and when is it required?
A BCIN (Building Code Identification Number) is issued to designers by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
In general, designers other than professional engineers and architects that engage in the following 'design activities” are required to meet the qualification/registration requirements under the Building Code:
Homeowner's who do their own design work are not required to obtain a BCIN.
Projects That DO NOT Require a Building Permit
• Fences (other than for swimming pools/hot tubs)
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