Shoring and excavation approval process

If your project involves shoring, you will need to apply for a building permit and get approval for the proposed work.

Follow these steps to ensure you are prepared to submit a complete application package. Applications with missing information may result in delayed permit approvals.

Review and prepare required documents

Before you start your building permit application, you must ensure the following:

Be prepared to upload the necessary materials, including your completed shoring and excavation engineering clearance, during the online building permit application process.

Start online application

  1. Submit a new building application in ePlans. Select ‘building permit’ when prompted for the type of request and provide all of the necessary information in the application. For guidance on how to submit through ePlans, review the City’s help and support resources.
  2. After the application is submitted, you will receive an email instructing you to upload all required drawings and supporting documents. Upload the documents into ePlans under your current project, including:
  3. Your application will be circulated internally for review by City staff, including representatives from the Building Division, as well as the Transportation and Works Division. If any of the review groups have “withheld” your application, you will need to resubmit revised or additional information. You can view outstanding comments in ePlans on the Project Status Report. The City will send you an “applicant resubmit” email that details what you need to do next. Each resubmission cycle could add two or more weeks to the process.
  4. Your permit will be issued once all review groups have provided approval.


If you need more information about the overall building permit process, call 311 (or 905-615-4311 outside City limits) or contact us online.