Approval Process

The Municipality's application process requires that you provide information about your construction project such as by who, where, when and how the work will be done.

Applications for a simple alteration or addition can be processed fairly quickly, while more complex proposals may take longer. The approval process begins with staff reviewing your application for completeness. If there are problems with your application or drawings, staff will contact you by telephone or e-mail, if address provided.

Statistics

The Building Services Team approves nearly 300 building permits per year 

14% Residential and Cottages 

14% Residential Garages 

12% Commercial and Industrial 

60% Renovations/Repairs, Additions and Accessory Structures 

 

Issued Building Permits by Year and Type

 PERMIT TYPE 2015 2016 2017 2018
Single Familly Dwelling 32 33 20 22
Duplex 3 4 7 5
Triplex     1  
Sixplex      2  
Cottages / Seasonal Dwellings 1 8 7 11
Commercial \ Industrial 39 40 32 41
Residential Garages 48 37 36 34
Total Permits 311 295 285 288

 

 


  

Permit Types and Estimated Costs

2016

PERMIT TYPE 2016 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 42 9755000
Garage 37 1384000
Farm Buildings    
Commercial 28 1242000
School 5 1748000
Municipal Project 7 907874
Public    
Alterations 176 2439000
TOTAL 295 17475874

 

2015

PERMIT TYPE 2015 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 36 8122000
Garage 48 1617000
Farm Buildings 0 0
Commercial 29 4164000
School 2 1950000
Municipal Project 6 3200000
Public 2 417000
Alterations 188 2042400
TOTAL 311 21512400

 

2014

PERMIT TYPE 2014 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 36 7770000
Garage 47 1207000
Farm Buildings 7 2605000
Commercial 20 3774000
School 4 2942000
Municipal Project 5 1006000
Public    
Alterations 179 2376834
TOTAL 298 21680834

 

2013

PERMIT TYPE 2013 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 51 9603000
Garage 42 875000
Farm Buildings    
Commercial 18 1535500
School 2 865000
Municipal Project 3 44500
Public    
Alterations 217 2660000
TOTAL 333 15583000

 

2012

PERMIT TYPE 2012 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 55 10900000
Garage 57 2042000
Farm Buildings    
Commercial 29 1348000
School 4 797000
Municipal Project 2 3000
Public    
Alterations 209 2101000
TOTAL 356 17191000

  

2011

PERMIT TYPE 2011 TOTAL
Single Family Dwelling 68 11744000
Garage 49 1657000
Farm Buildings    
Commercial 26 1391000
School 5 2500000
Municipal Project 1 5000
Public    
Alterations 209 2136750
TOTAL 358 19433750

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Plans

New Single Family Dwellings

Addition to Single Family Dwelling

Garage

Repair to Foundation

Wall Section

Sun Deck

Carport Addition

Building Inspections

Once you receive your building permit, a Building Inspector will monitor your project to ensure that construction meets the requirements of the Ontario Building Code, municipal and provincial regulations, and the stipulations of your building permit. The Building Inspector may send you a notice by mail if work does not conform to approved plans. Re-inspection may be required before you resume construction. You may be subject to legal action if work continues without resolving the situation.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to inform the Building Inspector of any proposed changes to the construction project which may require additional approvals. Alternative methods of establishing compliance with the Ontario Building Code, such as professional consultant reports, are not acceptable without prior approval of the Chief Building Official.

The property owner or contractor is expected to cooperate and remain in communication with the Building Inspector. In addition, the property owner or contractor must: post a copy of the building permit in a window or other prominent place on the work site, keep a copy of approved construction plans on the work site. Mandatory Field Inspections are identified at the time of permit application.
Property owners or contractors may also request an inspection by a Building Inspector for advice and information at any time during construction. Electrical installations may require an inspection by the Electrical Safety Authority. Call 1-877-372-7233 or visit online at www.esasafe.com.

Building

Building Services provides an efficient system of building permit approvals which minimize hazards to persons and property by ensuring construction within the Municipality of West Nipissing adheres to provincial and municipal regulations.

Through inspections, Building Services ensures that projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable municipal and legislative requirements. This section issues building, plumbing, demolition, occupancy and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code.

Click on one of the links below to view the by-law for lot grading:

Lot Grading By-Law 2007/33
Lot Grading By-Law 2008/05
Lot Grading By-Law 2008/36

 

Contact Information:

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Alain Bazinet, Chief Building Official 
(705) 753-2250, ext 6906
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6949
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Forms

AssignmentWe have made many of our application forms available online for your convenience.

You may download the forms to review them and have all relevant information ready when you file your application with our staff at our main office at 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON.

Click on the relevant file below to download. Application forms are available in PDF format.

forms-iconBuilding & Demolition Permit Application
forms-iconLetter of Authorization
forms-iconCommitment to General Review by Architect and Engineers
forms-iconAcknowledgment of Incomplete Application
forms-iconPermit Application Guide
forms-icon
Formal Complaint and Agreement Form (Property Standards and Vital Services By-law 2001/71)
forms-iconPlanning and Building Information Request
forms-iconRequest for 9-1-1 Sign
forms-iconInspection Request

Related Links and Contacts

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, www.mah.gov.on.ca/site4.aspx

Electrical Safety Authority, www.esasafe.com

Ontario Building Code Information, www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page7393.aspx/site4.aspx

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, www.wsib.on.ca

North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, (705) 474-5420, www.nbmca.ca

Service Locates – Call Before You Dig, (800) 400-2255

Union Gas (888) 774-3111

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (705) 474-1400

Apply for a Permit

forms-iconPermit Application Guide

 


 

You need a Permit to

  • Construct any new building such as new single family dwelling, garage, or shed
  • Install or repair a foundation
  • Install a pre-manufactured fabric structure or shelter such as a tent or greenhouse, that is:
      a) more than 60 m² (646 ft²) in aggregate ground area
      b) not attached to a building, and
      c) constructed more than 3 m from other structures
  • Repair or add to a building, including porches and decks 
  • Do interior renovations that include structural, plumbing and mechanical systems
  • Enclose a porch or add a roof over a deck
  • Add a chimney, woodstove or fireplace 
  • Install an above ground pool or in ground pool
  • Replace foundation drain tiles 
  • Re-brick or install siding (lumber, vinyl, hardboard, metal) 
  • Finish a basement 
  • Move a building onto a property 
  • Create a basement apartment

Other types of structures or renovations not noted above may require a building permit. Please contact Building Services Department to confirm. 

 

You do not need a Permit to

  • Do non-structural work such as eaves troughs, kitchen cupboards, landscaping, driveways, sidewalks or fences (however, Fence By-law requirements apply)
  • Build a wooden deck with no roof, where the finished deck level is 24" (600 mm) or less, above finished grade, regardless of size when not attached to building (however, Zoning Regulations apply) 
  • Replace windows and doors, provided openings are not enlarged 
  • Change or add cooling systems, air cleaners, plenum heaters and in-line humidifiers 
  • Replace a furnace 
  • Build a proposed free standing structure that is under 108 sq. ft. (however, Zoning Regulations apply) 
  • Replace plumbing fixtures 
  • Replace roof shingles

A demolition permit is required before you take down all or part of a building. The process is much the same as for a Building Permit; however, your application may be affected by special circumstances. For example, if a building has historical or architectural significance, it may be designated as a heritage building under the Ontario Heritage Act, in which case, the demolition would require approval from Municipal Council.  

  


 

Building Services provides an efficient system of building permit approvals which minimize hazards to persons and property by ensuring construction within the Municipality of West Nipissing adheres to provincial and municipal regulations.


Through inspections, Building Services ensures that projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable municipal and legislative requirements. This section issues building, plumbing, demolition, occupancy and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code.

 

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