City of Richmond Hill architect and permit process


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Reference: Town of Richmond Hill

http://www.richmondhill.ca/subpage.asp?textonly=false&pageid=building_permits

A Building Permit is your formal permission from the Town of Richmond Hill to begin a building project, such as the construction, demolition or addition of any building or addition and alterations of signs, the installation of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, as well as decks. Town Building staff must review your plans to ensure that they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning By-laws, and other applicable regulations.

Why Do I Need a Building Permit?

The Ontario Building Code requires that you obtain a building permit before you start work on a new house or an addition or any significant alterations to an existing house. The Building Code sets out the minimum requirements for such work and is particularly concerned with your health and safety and that of other homeowners, building occupants, future owners and the community.

Why Do I Need a Building Permit?

The Ontario Building Code requires that you obtain a building permit before you start work on a new house or an addition or any significant alterations to an existing house. The Building Code sets out the minimum requirements for such work and is particularly concerned with your health and safety and that of other homeowners, building occupants, future owners and the community.

When is a Permit Required?

A building permit is required to do the following work:

• construct a new building, including temporary and farm buildings;

• renovate a building;

• construct an addition to a building, including sunrooms;

• build a deck;

• alter the interior of a building, including finishing a basement;

• move a building;

• demolish a building;

• change the use or occupancy of a building;

• build a fireplace, install a wood stove or install a chimney;

• alter or remodel a plumbing system;

• install a sprinkler system;

• install a fire alarm system; and/or

• Construct a retaining wall.

Please note that Richmond Hill’s zoning by-laws must be adhered to regardless of whether or not a building permit is required.

How to Apply for a Building Permit

Building permits are issued by the Building Services Section, Planning & Regulatory Services Department at the Town’s Municipal Offices, 4th floor. Applications for permits must be made in person by the owner of the building or property, or by a representative who has written authorization to apply on the owner’s behalf. Every application must be complete, accompanied by prescribed plans and specifications and the applicable permit fee.

Residential

Residential Permit Checklist [PDF]

Project Specific Checklists

Deck [PDF]

Finished Basement [PDF]

Addition/Alteration [PDF]

Basement Walkout [PDF]

Garage/Carport/Shed [PDF] 

Non-Residential

Permit Application Checklist [PDF]