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BUILDING DEPARTMENT (Construction, Demolition, Change of Use, etc.)

The Ontario Building Code & Act are regulations that are set in place by the Province of Ontario. Under the requirements of the Building Code Act, municipalities are responsible for the enforcement of the Act. The Building Code sets minimum standards, which ensures public safety and uniformity in the construction industry.

Building permits are required in the following instances:

  • For any structure greater than 108 sq. ft.
  • An addition (of any size), to an existing building, including residential, commercial and farm buildings, decks, storage buildings, garages, etc.;
  • Renovations or alterations to existing buildings depending on the change and type of materials used.
  • Any new plumbing or changes to an existing plumbing system
  • A change of use.

Building permit application forms can be picked up at the Municipal Office Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The proposed use of the building(s) must conform to the uses permitted in the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw. A permit for construction on a vacant property is subject to an entrance permit and/or driveway requirements. Please inquire at the municipal office if your property has no approved access from a public road. Access from a provincial highway is subject to approval from the Ministry of Transportation.

A permit for a residential dwelling or residential addition/renovation is subject to the Timiskaming Health Unit septic approval, to confirm sufficient capacity of new and existing sewage systems. Forms for Health Unit are available at the municipal office for your convenience.

All applications for building permits must be accompanied by a site plan; indicating setbacks from property lines, other structures, road, etc., as well as a floor plan of the proposed building.

Please feel free to contact the Chief Building Official should you have any questions on the specifications of construction.

Francis Rivard, Chief Building Official
Phone: 705-563-2426
Address: 35 10th Street, Earlton, Ontario, P0J 1E0

Please visit the BYLAWS page for more details and the FORMS page for an application form.