Building and Renovating

Building and Renovating in Mississauga

What am I allowed to build?

Permitted development and uses are regulated by the Zoning by-law. Visit the Zoning web page for more information

 

www.mississsauga.ca/zoning

What is a building permit and why do I need one?

The requirement for a building permit is prescribed in the Building Code Act

 

Building permits are required to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, the city can ensure that your project meets:

 

  • The Ontario Building Code, which outlines design standards that are in place to retain health, safety, fire protection, and accessibility.

  • The Mississauga Zoning By-law

  • Other applicable law, including conservation authority, heritage authority, site plan control etc.

It is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained when required.

 

When is a building permit required?

A building permit must be obtained prior to the starting the following projects: 

  • Construct/demolish a new building

  • Construct/demolish an addition to an existing building

  • Construct/demolish an attached or a detached garage

  • Construct a wood deck, greater 0.61m (2 ft.) in height

  • Construct a porch or a balcony

  • Construct a below grade entrance (basement walkout)

  • Add or increase the size of, doors and/or windows.

  • Adding a second unit (basement apartment)

  • Interior alterations (finishing basement, removing/adding interior walls including load- bearing walls and other structural components)

  • Construct/demolish a detached accessory structure (shed, gazebo, cabana) greater than 10m2 (107.64 ft2)

  • Alterations to existing roof (i.e.- adding new dormers, skylights)

  • Install solar panels and communication towers

  • Install solid fuel fire appliance (wood burning fire place, etc.)

  • Erect tents greater than 60m2 (645.85 ft2)

  • Recladding exterior building face (change in material brick to stucco, siding to brick, etc.)

  • Excavate a basement to increase existing headroom/ underpinning foundation walls

  • Install or modify HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems

  • Install, replace or repair plumbing, drainage or sewer systems

  • Change the use of a building

  • Fire damage repair

  • Install maglocks

  • Construct mezzanine

  • Undertake site servicing

  • Install fire protections systems (sprinklers, fire alarms, etc.)

  • Repair balconies and parking structures

  • Install commercial kitchen exhaust & suppression systems

  • Install spray booths, dust collector

  • Erect, alter or repair loading docks

  • Install, replace or repair a private sewage system

  • Replace a furnace that is changing fuel type, efficiency or capacity

  • Install a gas fireplace as a heating appliance

  • Create a covered or enclosed patio (i.e./ restaurant patios)

  • Install rooftop HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) replacements

  • Construct a structure of any size which contains plumbing

  • Install geothermal systems

When is a building permit NOT generally required?

Typically the projects outlined below do not require a building permit:

 

Although a permit may not be required, some projects below may require compliance with the Zoning by-law and other applicable city by-laws.

  • Construct/demolish a detached accessory structure (shed, gazebo, cabana) less than 10m2 (107.64ft2) with no plumbing

  • Construct/demolish an uncovered wood deck less than 600mm (2 ft.) in height

  • Replace doors and/or windows that are the same size as the existing

  • Recladding with same materials (siding to siding, brick to brick, etc.)

  • Re-shingle a roof

  • Install eaves troughs, provided the drainage is contained within the property

  • Damp-proof basements

  • Paint or decorate

  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing

  • Carry out minor repairs to masonry

  • Erect a fence

  • Carry out landscaping work

  • Install a decorative gas fireplace

  • Retaining wall less than 1m in height

How do I obtain a building permit?

Building permit applications must be made online using our ePlans electronic review system.
 

www.mississsauga.ca/eplans

 

The following application types can be submitted in person at our Planning & Building Customer Service Centre. You will be required to provide 2 copies of drawings for residential applications and 3 copies for non-residential.

  • backwater valves

  • emergency plumbing & building repairs

  • sewer conversions

  • pre-zoning applications

  • site servicing

  • occupancy prior to completion

Planning & Building Customer Service Centre

300 City Centre Dr

3rd Floor from parking elevators

 

Acceptable methods of payment include: cash, cheque, debit and credit card.

 

Application process

Before submitting an application request for a building permit, we suggest you consider the following:

  1. Do I need a building permit?

  2. Have I checked the zoning provisions for my area?

  3. Do I need the services of a design professional? (architect, engineer, qualified designer)  

  4. Do I have complete drawings that show the existing and proposed work?

  5. Have I checked that I comply with any other applicable law and obtained any other required approvals?

 

Click here for the application process map

 

 

Application requirements

To submit a building permit application, you must provide drawings, documents and forms in accordance with the minimum application requirements found below. The application fee is also due upon application creation.
 

It is recommended that you acquire the services of a design professional (architect, engineer, qualified designer) to prepare your drawings and documents. For some residential projects, the home owner may prepare their own drawings, but this is not recommended.

 

All work indicated on your drawings must conform to the Ontario Building Code, Mississauga Zoning by-law and other applicable law (such as conservation authority, heritage, site plan approval).

 

Click here for building permit application requirements

 

How long will it take?

At the time of pre-screening, your application will be deemed to be either complete or incomplete. This will determine the initial review time of your BUILDING PERMIT application.

  • Complete application: Contains all required drawings and documents, meets ePlans submission standards, meets all applicable law, and all required approvals have been obtained

10 Days - Residential housing type applications,

       new construction and alterations

 

20 Days - Non-residential applications

 

Timelines are measured from when the application is CREATED.

  • Incomplete application: may be missing drawings, documents, approvals, information, drawing may not contain sufficient information, identifies a non-compliance with Zoning By-law. Not subject to the prescribed review time.

Residential: AVERAGE 4 weeks

Non-Residential: AVERAGE 8 weeks

 

It is important to remember that processing times outlined above are the time to complete the initial (first) review of your application; it does not mean that your building permit will be issued within these times.

 

The AVERAGE length of a building permit application from application creation to issuance is:

  • New  Residential  - 11 weeks (detached, semi)

  • Residential Alterations - 5 weeks (detached, semi) 

  • New Non -residential  - 15 weeks

  • Non-residential alteration - 7 weeks

  • Second Units  - 9 weeks

  • Zoning Certificate  - 5 weeks

     

    To obtain a permit in the quickest time possible, we recommend that you;

  • Review and provide all of the submission requirements to ensure you are providing all required drawings and documents

  • Review our sample drawings which will illustrate the quality of drawings & information expected

  • Address all of the examiners comments thoroughly and promptly

How much will it cost?

Most building permit fees are based on the scope of work and/or the area of work (m2).

 

Click here for a list of building permit fees

 

At the time of your application request you will be asked to pay an administration fee. This administration fee is non-refundable and will be credited towards your total building permit fee. Fees are required to be paid in full at the time of application creation.

 

Please note that there are penalties for starting construction before obtaining your permit.

 

There may be additional fees (development charges, etc.) and deposits (lot grading deposit, municipal services protection deposit, etc.) associated with your building permit application that may need to be paid prior to issuance. If applicable, these fees will be requested during the plan examination review.

 

Other approvals that may be required

If your property is subject to any of the following, you may have to provide a form of approval from the appropriate agency/department prior to your building permit being issued. It is best to provide this information at the time of your application request.


Site Plan Approval: Some properties within the City are subject to the "Site Plan Control" and site plan approval may be needed before a building permit can be issued. You may be required to submit a development application. Contact the Planning Division at 905 615 3200 x4165 for more information.


Conservation Authority: Certain properties within the City are located within conservation screening areas. Contact your conservation authority for more information
Credit Valley Conservation
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Conservation Halton


Heritage: Certain properties could be “listed” on the heritage register or be heritage “designated”. You can determine this by visiting www.mississauga.ca/propertyinformation and clicking on the “heritage” tab. Visit the Heritage Planning webpage for more information


Ministry of Transportation: Properties within a certain distance to provincial highways may require approval from MTO. Visit MTO’s Building Construction and Land Use website for more information.

Application status & resubmission

After the initial plan review, your “project status report” will be available in ePlans. This report will identify all of the outstanding issues that require action on your part. We may ask for more information or clarification on what was submitted. You will have to resubmit the requested information for a subsequent review; this is called making a resubmission or “applicant resubmit” in ePlans.

 

It is not uncommon for a building permit application to be reviewed more than once prior to it being found acceptable for issuance.

 

If you have questions about the outstanding comments on your application, you should contact the examiner directly to discuss. All examiner contact information is located on your project status report.

 

TO OBTAIN THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION YOU MUST LOG INTO EPLANS AND RUN THE "WORKFLOW-PROJECT STATUS REPORT"

 

Click here for instruction on how to check the status of your application

 

All conditions placed on your application are subject to change until you have received the official plan review correction notice

Application revision

Revisions are made when you are revising work that was approved on a permit that has already been ISSUED.

 

If you are submitting additional or revised information for your application that is still in process, this is not a “revision” see “application status & resubmission”.

 

REVISIONS TO ISSUED PERMITS:

 

Once your building permit has been issued, should you wish to revise construction or scope of work, you will require authorization from the Building Division. This may be in the form of a “field revision” authorized by the inspector(s), or a formal “revision application”. Please speak to your inspector(s) to determine the type of revision required.

 

Changes to the scope of work indicated in the original building permit application may be subject to the recalculation of building permit fees and/or an additional hourly review fee.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A REVISION:

 

The process of submitting a “revision” application is the same as submitting a new building permit request (see “application process”). The description of your revision permit should state “REVISION TO 18-####” referring to your original building permit.

 

Each revision permit shall be accompanied by:

- a covering letter summarizing and itemizing all the changes

- revised drawings and/or documents

- **NOTE: only submit drawings that reflect the revised work, do not submit drawings that do not contain changes.

Building permit history

You can search the history of building permits on a property by entering the address at the link below and clicking on the “building permits” tab.
 

www.mississsauga.ca/propertyinformation

 

Sample drawings:

As outlined in “application requirements”, each application must be accompanied by various drawings and documents.

 

Drawings should be drawn to scale. Drawings can be either in metric or imperial measurements.
  

Below are some sample drawings that illustrate the quality and information required. If you are not capable of preparing something of this quality, we recommend obtaining the services of a design professional (architect, engineer, qualified designer). These drawings are intended to illustrate quality and typical information required only. This is subject to change and may vary based on the scope of work and staff’s discretion. Additional information may be requested during plans examination.
 

Depending on the scope of work, the drawings submitted may need to bear the stamp of an architect, professional engineer, or qualified designer.
 

Site Plan

Floor Plans

Elevations

Cross Section

Construction Notes

Porch

Attached Garage

Detached Garage

Deck

Carport

Building and Mechanical Plans Examination

The SMART (structural, mechanical, architectural review team) is responsible for the Ontario Building Code review of building permit applications. Plans examinations are performed under the authority of the Ontario Building Code Act.   

Click here for information about building plan examination

Permanent Signs

Information on the installation of permanent signs can be found here

Inspections

After your building permit has been issued, inspections are required to ensure that construction is being carried out in accordance with the issued building permit documents and Ontario Building Code.

 

Click here for more information on building inspections

Featured Articles:

Building a Deck

 

Unless there are other specific requirements (ie: Conservation Authority, site specific zoning, Greenbelt restrictions, etc), the following information shall apply to the construction of all uncovered residential wood decks

 

Backwater Valve Permits

 

Mississauga City Council passed a resolution waiving building permit fees for the installation of backwater valves for residents affected by the flood on July 8th, 2013.

 

Backflow Prevention – Building Permit Requirements

 

On April 1, 2017, Region of Peel Council passed the Backflow Prevention By-law 10-2017. The purpose of the By-law is to prevent backflow into the Municipal Drinking Water System of The Regional Municipality of Peel for provisions of clean and safe drinking water.  

 

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