The Province of Ontario, through the Ontario Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code, is responsible for the development of building regulations. These documents outline specific regulations and requirements that are to be adhered to from the submission of an application, the plan review, and inspections. The purpose of the Code is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and building occupants. Each municipality is then responsible for the review, inspections and enforcement of the Code as laid out by the Province of Ontario for their specific area.

The primary responsibility of the Building Department is the issuance of Building Permits. Every application requires plans review, permit processing and field inspections as required by the Municipal By-law or Building Code.

It is also the Zoning By-law Administrator for the Municipality. Prior to issuing any permits, applications have to be reviewed to verify compliance to the Township's Comprehensive Zoning By-law provisions for each specific request. In some cased the Building branch becomes the initial step.

In addition, the Chief Building Official is the Property Standards Officer for the Municipality. Property Standards involves the enforcement of a By-law regulating the physical condition of structures and property within the municipality. The Building Department responds to complaints received and follows up with an enforcement procedure as required under the provisions of the Act.

Administration of the Sign By-law is also a function of the Building Department, which includes issuing of permits, enforcement of the By-law and collection of fees.

Our goal is to continue serving our clients in a courteous, professional manner to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens building and occupying structures in the Township of Selwyn.

To Obtain a Building Permit

We recommend that you obtain and review a copy of our Permit Information Package before attending our office for a permit. Please see our Forms & Applications page for this package and for other Building related forms & applications.

Please contact the Permit Intake Administrator at 705-292-9507 ext. 214 prior to your visit, to ensure that someone will be available to meet with you to review your plans.

Building Inspections

Mandatory inspections by the Chief Building Official and/or Inspectors are required at specific stages of construction. These inspections are to ensure that Ontario Building Code regulations are being followed. Two days notice to the Building Department is required for these inspections. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that inspections are completed and the permit is closed.

Inspections can be booked by calling the Building & Planning Department at 705-292-9507 ext. 214


*** NOTE: 48 hours minimum notice required for scheduling an inspection ***

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