Building Permits and Inspections - Update (January 15)

Please accept this update further to the Province of Ontario’s recent announcement that restrictions have been placed on certain construction activities/projects as of January 12, 2021.

We have prepared this document to aid in assisting you with understanding our protocol for on-site building inspections. In all circumstances, please note that we will require you to follow all health guidelines, including the wearing of a mask and limiting your physical distance to 2m (6ft).

The health and safety of our residents, customers and staff remains a key priority in addition to our goal of doing what we can to support the economy. In response to the recent announcements, we have amended our inspection protocol.  Inspection services will continue subject to the following conditions:

  • Inspection request timelines continue to apply (2 working days notice).
  • Requests for inspections must be made via email to Please include the following information in your email:
    • Requested Inspection Date & Time (AM or PM)
    • Address
    • Contact Phone Number
    • Permit Number
    • Type of Inspection
  • Inspections will only be conducted for construction projects that fall within the Provinces list of permitted construction activities/projects.
  • Inspections will only be conducted on unoccupied buildings. The structure is to be vacant while the inspection takes place. An inspection will not be conducted while the building is occupied.
  • In the interest of limiting staff exposure to the virus, we are limiting occupancy inspections to buildings that have not been occupied. Requests for inspections of occupied buildings under renovation will be considered on a case by case basis. Please advise us when booking the inspection if this is the case and the CBO will contact you to discuss your specific circumstance.
  • We ask that all documentation which is required to conduct the inspection (ie. sealed truss drawings for framing, amended plans if changes have been made etc.) be provided electronically so that copies can be made and taken with the inspector.

The following inspections are to be postponed at this time:

  • Any inspection for a construction activity/project that is not permitted in accordance with the Provincial regulations
  • Any inspection which would require the inspector to be indoors of a building that has been occupied (meaning lived in) at any point.
  • Any inspection which is not critical to the progress of the project and the delay would not interfere with the use of the building (ie. Final inspections on older permits).

The above is subject to change without notice and certain circumstance may require special accommodations/changes. The above items are just guidelines and your project may have special considerations.

The Township Office has been closed to the public due to the Provincial Lockdown.  Staff remain available to assist you via e-mail and telephone. Applications for permits can be accepted electronically. Please forward PDF files to together with all other relevant documentation.

Note: Current Provincial Orders restrict certain types of construction projects and as such certain types of new building permits cannot be issued by the Township (e.g. residential construction where a permit has not been granted prior to Jan. 12/21). We will review submissions and process them in accordance with the Provincial Order. We will advise you whether the permit can be issued or not.  For any permits that are compliant under the OBC that cannot be issued due to the Order we will issue the permit as soon as restrictions have been lifted.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact

Planning Applications

  • The Selwyn Township Planning Department is accepting Minor Variance applications and Site Plan applications.
  • The Planning Department is reviewing Zoning By-law Amendment applications. We will work with applicants and process them dependent on the nature of the application.

If there are any questions, please feel free to

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