Services & Departments
Building & Planning
We strive to enhance the quality of community life with particular emphasis on environmental, health, accessibility and life safety issues related to building construction.
This mission is accomplished by meeting or exceeding Provincially prescribed levels of service in a cost-effective and consistent manner within a corporate climate that is open, responsive, progressive and fair.
We are leaders in the promotion of a working relationship that facilitates sustainable development, prevents building failure and satisfies our customers. Together we can make Hastings Highlands a better place to build and live.
The department reviews permit applications, issues permits, and conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, the Municipal Zoning Bylaw and other legislation.
The department also performs preliminary reviews of building projects, and provides zoning and Building Code information to the public, committees and other agencies.
Building Department staff would be happy to discuss your building plans, answer any questions, and help guide you through the permitting process. Call to book an appointment to ensure that a Building Official will be available to talk with you.
Martin Cox, Chief Building Official
Phone: 613 338-2811 (ext: 255)
Fax: 613 338-3292
Projects That Require a Building Permit
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required to construct, demolish, renovate, alter, install or change the use of a building. The following is a list of typical projects or situations that require the issuance of a building permit prior to construction:
- New buildings or structures greater than 10 square metres (108 ft²) in total floor area, measured by the outside dimensions, or any size if they include services. This includes sheds, sleeping cabins or other accessory buildings or structures, including sheds and shed packages purchased from a store.
- Additions to existing buildings or structures.
- Renovations that involve structural framing.
- New or replacement decks.
- Wood burning appliances, including new or replacement of existing components.
- Replacement of windows or doors if the rough opening size is enlarged.
- Relocation or addition of plumbing fixtures.
- Replacement of interior water supply or drain pipes.
- Docks. If the dock area is 15 square metres (161 ft²) or more, approval is also required from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
- Docks greater than 10 square metres including covered docks.
- Wind turbines that generate more than 3 kW of electricity.
- Solar panels on new or existing structures that did or would require a permit.
- Permanent structure greenhouses. Portable green houses & garages with a total area greater than 60 square meters.
- Quonset huts and pre-engineered metal buildings.
- Repair or replacement of all types of building foundations.
- Note that load bearing cement slabs for all houses, or for garages greater than 576 sq ft require engineered design.
- an outdoor pool
Projects that DO NOT Require a Building Permit
It isn’t necessary to obtain building permits to perform the following work. However, you must still comply with the requirements of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands Zoning Bylaw and, if applicable, the Ontario Building Code.
- Accessory buildings with a total floor area of 10 square metres (108 ft²) or less. Note: Zoning Bylaw requirements must be followed.
- Fences** but still must be 30 m from water body
- Replacement of plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, bathtub, shower, hot water tank) in their original locations.
- Replacement of windows or doors provided the rough opening size does not change.
- Replacement of shingles or other roofing material unless you strip to the sheathing. If you’re replacing or adding new roof trusses or rafters, a building permit is required.
- Installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels on a pole. However, an electrical permit may be required – check with an electrician or the Electrical Safety Authority.
- Docks less than 10 square metres.
- Wind turbines that generate 3 kW or less of electricity.
- Tarped vehicle, boat shelters that are less than total of 60 meters square for all tents on the property.
If the above lists do not include specifics related to your project, or if you’re not sure whether a permit will be required, please contact the Building Department
How do I get a building permit?
Submit a completed application form, along with the appropriate fees plus the building plans and all other required information as specified in the information sheet, Requirement to be followed when Building.
How long does it take to get a building permit?
The Ontario Building Code requires that a complete building permit application for small projects and houses will be processed within 10 days. You will be advised at the time of application or within 2 days, if the application is incomplete.
More information on permits is available at:
Minimum fee for building permit $150
Other Permits & Approvals
- Electrical permits and inspections fall under the jurisdiction of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). It’s the responsibility of the homeowner or builder to contact the ESA for proper approvals.
- Septic system permits and approvals are treated as Building Permits under the jurisdiction of the Municipality. Fees are $600 for a new septic, $300 for a repair.
- An entrance permit is required to install a new entrance on your property, to change the location of an existing one, or to install a second entrance. Entrance approvals are handled by the Roads & Public Works Department.
- New civic addresses (9-1-1 numbers) for vacant lots are acquired through the Roads Department. Contact Cathy Bujas, Planning Clerk at ext. 222
Building & Planning Documents
- Secondary Units Bylaw Notice of Passing2019-02-21
- 2019-002 Second Dwelling Units Bylaw2019-02-21
- Tree Canopy Policy2019-02-20
- 2018 Annual Building Report2019-02-06
- Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2004-035 (pdf)2019-01-30
- 2019 Building Permit Guide & Application2019-01-17
- 2019 Building Department Fees & Charges Schedule (pdf)2019-01-17
- Property Standards Bylaw 2018-0862018-12-05
- Septic Calculation Sheet2018-01-18
- SB7 Guards for Housing and Small Buildings2018-01-17
- New Electric Vehicle Requirements 2018-Non-Residential2018-01-16
- New Electric Vehicle Requirements 2018-House2018-01-16
- Minimum Distance Separation Guide2017-11-21
- Boat House Definition Bylaw 2016-0482017-10-16
- Consent Process Booklet2017-02-16
- Severance Application2017-02-16
- New EEDS Forms Performance 20172017-02-13
- New EEDS Forms Prescriptive 20172017-02-13
- Shore Road Purchase Application2017-01-26
- Shore Road-Closure Checklist2017-01-26
- Shore Road Purchase Checklist2017-01-26
- Application for Consent-fillable form2016-12-13
- Application for Consent2016-12-13
- Entrance Permit Application 2016-09-20
- Applicant Shore Road Checklist (pdf)2015-02-10
- Request For Service Form re: Planning Dept.2015-02-09
- Water Quality Impact Assessment Agreement (pdf)2014-09-30
- Requirements to be followed when building (pdf)2014-09-24
- Septic Systems (pdf)2014-07-04
- Shorelines (pdf)2014-07-04
- Shore Road Acknowledgment (pdf)2014-05-23
- Septic Smart Booklet (pdf)2014-05-05
- Building Code Act (pdf)2013-12-10
- Site Plan Sample (pdf)2013-10-12
- The Shore Primer (pdf)2013-09-27
- The Dock Primer (pdf)2013-09-27
- Cottage Exemption Declaration (pdf)2012-12-17
- Application to rezone (pdf)2012-03-19
- Application to rezone (word doc)2012-03-19
- Application to Rezone instructions (pdf)2011-12-15
- Minor Variance Application (pdf)2011-08-15
- Minor Variance Applications (word doc)2011-08-15
- Site Plan Control By-law (pdf)2007-10-12
- Disability Access Plan 2007 (pdf)2007-10-05
- Building Official Code of Conduct (pdf)2007-06-26