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 presented the Illlumintated and Electronic Sign Study findings and staff recommendations during consultations held from February 3, 2014 to February 12, 2014. The Planning and Growth Management Committee will be discussing the findings and staff recommendations at it's meeting on April 10th, 2014.
The Ontario Building Code is changing effective January 1, 2014
The new Building Code can be found on e-laws, or for general information and highlights of related provisions of the 2012 Ontario Building Code can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website. Transition rules can be found here.
Toronto Building now accepts applications for many types of building permits and other service requests by email and at any of our district customer service counters.
Toronto Building's Residential FASTRACK program has now been expanded to include additional project types and larger increases in floor area. This will allow for more homeowners and renovators to take advantage of this popular service when planning renovations or additions to homes.
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Learn about Building Regulations
What are the consequences of working without a permit?
Find out about the City of Toronto Sign Bylaw
Steps for applying for a permit include:
- Before applying for your building permit, find out about zoning compliance and identify all other applicable law by applying for a preliminary zoning review.
- Review the application guides.
- Submit your application at the appropriate Toronto Building customer service counter. Certain applications may also be submitted by email.
- Learn about the Building Permit Review Streams and the Plan Review Process.
- Once you receive your permit, but before you begin construction, review the Construction Requirements & Guidelines. If you are doing any digging or excavation on the property or in the yard Call Before You Dig for a free locate.
- Once you start construction you will need to book your inspections.
Find out about:
- Development Charges, Education Development Charges & Parks Levies
- Electronic Submission Guidelines
- Application Guides for Preliminary Reviews, Building Permits and other Service Requests
- Requesting copies of building records and plans
- Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition (PDF)