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Building permit cost and time frames

Find out how much it will cost to get your building permit and how long it might take.

How much a building permit costs

The total fees depend on the size, type and use of the proposed project or building. The exact cost of your permit will be calculated once we prescreen your request.

For a residential property, a permit will cost a minimum of $164. Permits for non-residential properties will cost a minimum of $275.

You will need to pay a $20 administrative fee when you submit your request online. This non-refundable deposit will be credited towards the total cost of your permit.

Fees for different types of projects are outlined in the Building Permit Fee Schedule.

Additional fees during construction

There may be additional fees such as development charges or deposits you need to pay before your permit is issued.

How long it takes to get a permit

The amount of time it takes to obtain a permit will vary depending on the quality of the submission and how responsive you are as an applicant. If your application is incomplete and we need to request additional information from you, it will add more time to the review process.

These are the average times for processing and issuing a permit:

  • New residential (detached, semi) – 13 weeks
  • Residential alteration (detached, semi) – 7 weeks
  • Second unit – 10 weeks
  • New non-residential – 12 weeks
  • Non-residential alteration – 9 weeks

We recommend that you apply for your building permit well in advance of your construction date.

Learn more about prescreen and department review times in the permit application process.

Contact us

If you need more information, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or email