Building Permit Requirements - Town of Gravenhurst

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Building Permit Requirements

A building permit is formal approval to construct, add to, or remove a building on your property.

“Construct” means to do anything in the erection, installation, extension or material alteration or repair of a building and includes the installation of a building unit fabricated or moved from elsewhere and “construction” has a corresponding meaning; (“construire”, “construction”, “travaux de construction”)

Steps to Follow:

  • Submit in person a complete application with applicable fees to the Building Department.
  • The Plans Examiner reviews the plans submitted by the designer for compliance with the Ontario Building Code.
  • Inspections are called for by the project manager for various stages of construction prior to covering work as set out by the Building Code.


Application Requirements

  • The quantity and type of drawings, specifications and supporting documents needed at the time of permit submission vary according to the construction project.
  • Your Site Plan for new or additional construction on a lot is subject to Town of Gravenhurst Development Standards By-law.
  • Gravenhurst Development Standards By-law(PDF)
    • Waterfront Lots, Rural Lots, Residential Dev, Infil Lots

Minor Construction Examples

  • Garage/Shed/Gazebo
  • Dock/Boathouse/Uncovered Deck
  • Water/Sewer Connection
  • Demolition
  • Tents
  • Woodstove/Chimney
  • Designated structures also fall under the Building Code which include:

     Div. A  Designated Structures

    (1)  The following structures are designated for the purposes of clause (d) of the definition of building in subsection 1 (1) of the Act:

    (a) a retaining wall exceeding 1 000 mm in exposed height adjacent to,

    (i) public property,

    (ii) access to a building, or

    (iii) private property to which the public is admitted,

    (b) a pedestrian bridge appurtenant to a building,

    (c) a crane runway,

    (d) an exterior storage tank and its supporting structure that is not regulated by the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000,

    (e) signs regulated by Section 3.15. of Division B that are not structurally supported by a building,

    (f) a solar collector that is mounted on a building and has a face area equal to or greater than 5 m²,

    (g) a structure that supports a wind turbine generator having a rated output of more than 3 kW,

    (h) a dish antenna that is mounted on a building and has a face area equal to or greater than 5 m²,

    (i) a communication tower exceeding 16.6 m above ground level,

    (j) an outdoor pool, and

    (k) Reserved

    (l) an outdoor public spa.

Moderate Construction Examples

  • New Dwelling/Cottage/Bunkie or Addition to
  • New Sewage System

Major Construction Examples

  • New industrial, commercial, institutional and high density residential buildings and additions
  • Interior alterations for industrial, commercial, institutional and high density residential