Licences, Permits and Exemptions

Apply for a Preliminary Zoning Review

Toronto Building only accepts applications for Preliminary Zoning Reviews in electronic format. All
plans, forms and other documents must be submitted in PDF format on a rewritable DVD or USB at ANY of our service counters or by email. All submission must adhere to our Electronic Submission Guidelines

Apply for one of three Preliminary Zoning Review Programs to determine what requirements apply to your project before you make an application for a building permit.

Email Applications

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

 

  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 listed in the Application Guide. These forms will be attached to your email submission.
  4. Prepare drawings and any additional information that your application may require. Save these in PDF format. Files must be unsecured and not password protected.
  5. Complete and sign the application form for your service request. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. An automatic confirmation email will be returned to you, acknowledging receipt of your submission.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Zoning Bylaws and applicable laws.
  11. Once your application has been reviewed and complies and all the fees have been paid, it will then be issued electronically.

 

 In-Person Applications

  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 ANY Toronto Building Customer Service counter. 
  6. If your application is acceptable, you will be required to provide payment via 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
  8. Once your application has been reviewed and complies and all the fees 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.