Toronto Building ensures that the buildings where we live, work and play are safe. Learn how to apply for a permit for your next building or home renovation project; read the latest news about building safety and regulations in Toronto; or find out more about an existing application.
The City of Toronto's Homeowner's Guide to Building Permits provides a general outline of the building permit process and will help first time applicants complete their projects. You can download the guide here.
Before work begins on a construction project the General Contractor (Constructor in health & safety legislation) should file a Notice of Project (NOP) to the Ministry of Labour. The Government of Ontario has developed some great tools and informational items to keep you informed. You may be asked to complete the Notice of Project as the home owner. Here are some things you should know first.
Learn how to apply for one of three Preliminary Zoning Review Programs to determine what Zoning or Applicable Law requirements apply to your project before you make an application for a building permit.
Learn how to make an application for a Sign Permit in-person or by email.
Find out who to contact if you have a complaint about construction in your neighbourhood
Learn how to use Telepermit to request, reschedule, cancel or review a Building Inspection.
Drawing records of prior permit applications to Toronto Building may be requested as an Application for Routine Disclosure. Learn how to make a disclosure application or how to request other Toronto Building records.
Under the Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction and/or demolition of a new building, an addition, or material alteration of any building or structure. The following is a list of common projects that require or do not require a building permit:
Learn what is required to submit an application for a:
Calculated based on the work you propose in your application, the fee schedule lists the fee rate charged for each type of work proposed, and explains your payment options.
Information on the City of Toronto harmonized zoning bylaw and former zoning bylaws.
Learn about the actions the City is taking to minimize the negative impacts of residential infill construction in your neighbourhood.
Learn about making a development and Committee of Adjustment application including an Official Plan Amendment, Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Site Plan Control, Part Lot Control, and Draft Plan of Subdivision.
If you are a homeowner or contractor planning a renovation, demolition, construction or landscaping project, you may need to apply for special permits if any part of the work takes place within the public right of way.
Learn about stormwater management and the actions you can take, and the approvals you may need, to reduce flooding and improve Toronto's water quality when undertaking a construction project, such as:
Learn about applying for a temporary sign permit. Temporary Signs include Portable Signs (including A-Frame Signs), Mobile Signs, Ground-Mounted Signs, and New Development Signs.