Building Permits

Apply for a Building Permit

Toronto Building requires that all Building Permit applications be submitted in an electronic format. All plans, forms and other documents should be submitted in PDF format on a rewritable DVD or USB at one of our service counters or, if eligible, by email. All submission must adhere to our Electronic Submission Guidelines.  

When making an application at one of our service counters, projects not eligible for email submission must be submitted with one reference set of paper drawings in addition to a rewritable DVD or USB. 

Email Applications

Please note, that not all projects are eligible for email submission. Review the list of eligible applications

To submit an application by email please use the "Email" button on top of the Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish

 

  1. Confirm that your application is eligible for email submission.
  2. Review the submission requirements listed in the Application Guide for your service request.
  3. Review the Electronic Submission Guidelines
  4. Complete and save copies of all required forms listed in the Application Guide. These forms will be attached to your email submission.
  5. Prepare drawings and any additional information that your application may require. Save these in PDF format. Files must be unsecured and not password protected.
  6. Complete and sign the application form for your service request. For building permit applications, this is the Application to Construct or Demolish. 
  7. Once the form is complete, click the "Email" button at the top of the form. This will open a new email window with the form attached.
  8. Attach all other documents and plans to the email and add the project address to the subject line of the email. Press send, and the email will be sent to bldapplications@toronto.ca.
  9. An automatic confirmation email will be returned to you, acknowledging receipt of your submission.
  10. Customer service staff will review the submission within 1 business day to determine whether it is sufficient to make an application.
    • If the application is sufficient, you will receive a Submission Status Letter requesting payment of the initial fees, and you may then make payment over the telephone via credit card. 
    • If the application is insufficient, the application examiner will reply by email with a Submission Status Letter indicating what additional items are required for an acceptable application.
  11. Once payment has been received, your application is accepted for review and assigned to a plan examiner. It will then be reviewed in full for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and all Applicable Law, including applicable Zoning Bylaws.
  12. During the Plan Review process, if the examiner identifies any deficiencies, a notice will be returned to the Applicant via email.
  13. Once your application has been reviewed and complies and all the fees and charges have been paid, it will then be issued electronically. If additional permit fees are required, you will be notified via email, and be required to make payment prior to issuance of the permit.

 

In-Person Applications

When making an application at one of our service counters, Projects not eligible for email submission must be submitted with one reference set of paper drawings, in addition to the rewritable DVD or USB.

 

  1.  Review the submission requirements listed in the Application Guide for your service request.
  2. Review the Electronic Submission Guidelines
  3. Complete and save copies of all required forms, drawings, and documents listed in the Application Guide on a rewritable DVD or USB (see "Examples on how digital files must be named and organized" for help).
  4. Save all other documents and plans to the rewritable DVD or USB.
  5. Bring your rewritable DVD or USB with all the forms and documents to one of our customer service counters.
    1. Customers also have the option to attend ANY Toronto Building Customer Service counter to make an application for services that are also eligible for email submission.
    2. If your application is not eligible for email submission, you must submit an application at the counter that services the ward where the property is located. Search to find your ward by entering your address on this Toronto Map-It Application, then check the City-wide Ward Boundary Map to find your district customer service location. 
  6. If your application is acceptable, you will be required to provide payment by cash, debit, cheque (cheques under $2,000 must be certified), Visa, or MasterCard.
  7. Once payment has been received, your application is accepted for review and assigned to a plan examiner. It will then be reviewed in full for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and all Applicable Law, including applicable Zoning Bylaws.
  8. During the Plan Review process, if the examiner identifies any deficiencies, a notice will be returned to the Applicant via email.
  9. Once your application has been reviewed and complies and all the fees and charges have been paid, it will then be issued electronically. If additional permit fees are required, you will be notified via email, and be required to make payment prior to issuance of the permit.

 


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