Memar Architects in Mississauga

If designing a custom home, building your dream house, or doing any other design, construction, or renovation project in Mississauga interests you, look no further!
Memar Architects is a leading architectural firm offering extensive services for Mississauga building projects. Due to a combination of our comprehensive knowledge of local neighbourhoods, building permits and regulations, and architectural design, we can help make your dream of building or renovating a house a reality.
We have significant experience in working with design, research, development, technical support, and construction administration for buildings in many locations, including Mineola, Clarkson, Lorne Park, Erindale, and Streetsville. Click here to view some of our projects.

In this page, you’ll find a review of the design process, building permits, and how Memar Architects will take a simple idea and transform it to be your dream home!

Memar Architects Design and Building Permit Process in City of Toronto

Memar Architects Design and Building Permit Process in City of Toronto

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Step Zero

The city of Mississauga has an office that will oversee your project. The map on this page will help you locate the boundaries of the city of Mississauga to check if your home is located in its territory. Also, we have included the city’s contact information below:

Design and Permit Process for a Custom Home in Mississauga

In the city of Mississauga, a building permit will need to be obtained prior to starting any major construction job. Depending on the size of your project, the design and building permit process takes one to six months to finalize.

Usually, smaller projects that don’t include changes to the house’s exterior or its footprint are completed faster. On the other hand, projects involving an addition to the house or changing the front to boost curb appeal can take longer.

After an architect completes your design, you should submit it to the building department. An examiner will be assigned to review your project to ensure it complies with local zoning bylaws, the Ontario Building Code, and any other applicable law. This step is required to obtain a building permit.

Tip: An architect can help you complete this process and can assist you with hiring other consultants. A local architect working in Mississauga can facilitate this process, as they’re more familiar with the associated bylaws and regulations.

Do You Really Need a Building Permit for Construction in Mississauga?

The city of Mississauga requires that you obtain a permit before altering any xed structural and architectural element of the house. This includes (but is not limited to) relocating mechanical xtures, removing and/or relocating load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls, making new openings in exterior walls, and any addition or change to the grading of the house.

This includes (but is not limited to)

• Relocating mechanical xtures • Removing and/or relocating load-bearing and non load-bearing walls • Making new openings in exterior walls • Any addition or change to the grading of the house

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Four Major Phases to Realizing Your Custom Home in Toronto



Designing a custom home in Toronto is an exciting and dynamic experience! Your first decision: would you rather work with a drafting technician, or contact a professional architect? A drafter can help you draft what you need but an architect can understand why and what you need to change, and can help you find the most efficient and cost-effective design. There are many other advantages to hiring an architect because they will be able to help you avoid many common mistakes, especially if they are already familiar with local neighborhoods and building codes.



In the city of Toronto, your building application has to be in compliance with zoning bylaws (both new and old). A skilled architect can help you get through this phase, as they understand limitations and requirements related to bylaws. They will know how to apply proper changes to the design in order to maximize the use of the land and increase design efficiency.



Next, your architect will prepare a complete set of drawings for your house. These drawings will include sections, elevations, and construction specifications. Should you decide, the architect can also contact other professionals (such as Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Surveyors) to prepare additional documentation required by the City of Toronto.



When all of your drawings and technical documentations have been assembled, it is time to submit your application to the City of Toronto. City examiners will work alongside your architect to conduct a complete review of the application. This phase requires constant communications between the city examiners and architect to ensure that the submitted documents are in full compliance with the City’s requirements.


Five Steps of Memar Architects Design Process

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A prominent architect will go through all four phases with a great amount of patience and accuracy. At Memar Architects, we divide the design process phase into seven different milestones, as you can see in this diagram:

Committee of Adjustment (COA)

At Memar Architects, we have helped many clients to successfully receive approval from COA (Committee of adjustment) and OMB (Ontario municipal board). While we can’t guarantee the outcome of these meetings, we make sure to be well prepared for them. For us it is not just about showing up at the meeting and talk, but in addition to that, we make sure to design the project and present it based on solid precedent evidence and planning common laws. While this preparation takes a lot of resources from us, at the same time makes sure the proposed design along with prepared evidence and supporting documents have a lot more chance of approval. And that’s what we focus on--results!

In this diagram, you can see how a typical COA process looks like:

Our Cost-Effective Solution

The multifaceted nature of our expertise allows us to provide top of the line eciency, saving time and conserving other resources in the process of creating your nal product. We pass this eciency on to our clients by oering an extremely competitive rate for all design and building permit processes without any sacrice of quality.

Our Response Time

We keep our promises... this is the bottom line for us. We do everything in our power to move your project forward, and make sure to keep you updated and informed throughout the process. We can guide you through the steps and help you make the most realistic and ecient decisions. We respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner, and a dedicated project manager is assigned to each and every project. Clients are provided with direct access to their project managers, ensuring that they will receive the personal attention and up-to-date information that they need. We have two briengs per week to review all projects to make sure no project is left behind.

What makes Memar Architects different

The experts at Memar Architects can make your dream home come true! We deliver quality results as quickly and as cost-effective as possible. We are dedicated to offering our clients the best architectural services in Mississauga.

Our Knowledge & Resources

Memar Architects is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the American Institute of Architects. We are an award-winning architectural firm with extensive experience in design, building permits, and building science. We have received awards for our high quality designs and services for residential and commercial buildings. Our projects have also been published in several blogs and magazines. The talented and resourceful staff at Memar Architects comes equipped with years of valuable industry expertise. We work closely with some of the best engineers, surveyors, and consultants to provide our clients with one contact point for all of their design and building permit-related needs. We boast a proven track record of helping our clients solve a vast array of issues that may arise during the process; when we do not have an answer, we will refer you to the right consultant. In addition to our knowledgeable team, we use first-rate architectural 3D software that allows our clients to walk through building models and apply changes and modifications; this also helps our customers gain a clear sense of how the space will look before it is built. Our primary specialties include design, research, development, technical support, and construction administration.


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