width (min)
width (max)
depth (min)
depth (max)
basement finished
basement walkout
all exterior finished
# of bathrooms
plan # or keyword

Permit Application

We Will Do The Work For You

The Building Permit Process involves continuous time, money and headaches- especially for first time applicants. Nauta Home Designs offers a Permit Application Service to all of our clients. Our knowledge and experience allows us to work efficiently with your Municipal Building Department to get your permit on time. We guarantee permit approval with each design that we create, so you can rest assured that we will take care of this for you.

Our Permit Application service is convenient, affordable, and stress-relieving.

Listed below are the processes and requirements for a building permit – It can be a long and arduous task. If you would prefer to leave it to the professionals, please contact us and we will be happy to help!

Building Permit Process

1. Application Process:

a. Submit a building permit application with the following:
b. 2 sets of blueprints (elevations, floor plans, foundation plan, and cross section.)
c. 2 copies of your Site Plan or Legal Grade Survey.
d. Schedule 1 Designer Form signed by licensed designer.
e. Energy Efficiency Design Summary signed by licensed designer.
f. Approval from all other agencies must be done.
g. Building Permit Fee.
h. All of the above are required for permit.

2. Review Process:

a. City Building Department checks compliance with the building code.
b. Zoning review (building setbacks, lot coverage, building height, use of building)
c. Architectural review (structural compliance, fire and safety.)
d. Mechanical Review (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing requirements with building code.
e. If application is not complete you must re-submit your application.

3. When Permit Granted:

a. Application is approved and permit in stages.
b. Post permit on construction site
c. Keep a marked and stamped copy of drawings on site.
d. Drawings must be marked and stamped by building department and planning department.

4. Inspection Process:

a. City building official inspects construction in stages.
b. Inspections don’t happen automatically. You or your builder are required to call and ask for inspections, with 24 hour notice.
c. Work must conform to the authorized plans.
d. If work is not done according to code, an infraction is noted and is posted on site.
e. No final occupancy permit will be given until all infractions are fixed and a final inspection is approved.

Download a Free Building Permit Checklist HERE (PDF).

Documents needed to obtain a building permit:

1. Building Permit Form – Completely filled in

a. Schedule 1 Designer Form, “Designer Section” to be filled in by Designer.
b. Schedule 1 Designer Form, “Designer Section” to have Designer BCIN numbers.
c. Energy Efficiency Design Summary to be signed by Designer.
d. Schedule 2 Sewage System Installer Information, see Item #9.

2. 2 copies – Full set of Construction Blueprints:

a. Done by Licensed Designer, and signed, with BCIN numbers.
b. Construction Blueprints are of:
i. Foundation & Basement plans, fully dimensioned and noted, with all structure shown.
ii. First floor plan, fully dimensioned and noted, with all structure shown.
iii. Second floor plan, fully dimensioned and noted, with all structure shown.
iv. Four exterior elevations, in detail, with exterior finishes, and grade lines.
v.   True Cross Sections, dimensioned vertically, fully noted, showing wall assemblies, roof assemblies, ceiling assemblies, floor assemblies, structural components, and grade elevations.
vi.  Construction Details, fully noted, showing structure and assembly, where necessary.

3. Structural Shop Drawings:

a. For all Pre-engineered components such as:
i. Trusses
ii. Wood I’s
iii. LVL Beams
iv. Girders
v. Columns
*b. All additional required engineering done as needed for your project. (i.e. soil, mechanical, structural, etc.) See Appendix “A”  at the end of this book.

4. 2 copies – Legal Grade Survey:

a. Done by Licensed Legal Land Surveyor.
b. Shows property line and bearings.
c. Shows footprint of building.
d. Shows distance of building footprint from property lines.
e. Shows building lot coverage in area and as percentage of lot area.
f. Shows existing grade (ground ) elevation of site.
g. Shows future required minimum grade (ground) elevation of site.

5. Site Plan Option:

a. You may be allowed to use a Site Plan rather than a Legal Grade Survey.
b. Consult with your Building Department to confirm if this option is acceptable.
c. Site Plan can be done by Nauta Home Designs.

6. 2 copies – HVAC Calculations:

a. Done by Professional Mechanical Engineer or a Licensed Mechanical Designer, and signed with BCIN numbers.

7. 2 copies – Heat / Loss Gain Calculations:

a. Done by Professional Mechanical Engineer or a Licensed Mechanical Designer, and signed with their BCIN numbers.

8. 2 copies – Forced Air System Ductwork Schematics:

a. Done by Professional Mechanical Engineer or a Licensed Mechanical Designer, and signed with their BCIN numbers.

9. Local Regional Public Health “Certificate” for Septic Tank and Tile Bed for Country Properties:

a. Call your local Regional Public Health Department first, before you do anything else.*
b. They are very supportive. Having proper information is helps every one.
c. They need blueprints to determine required tank size and tile bed length.
d. Septic Tank and Tile Bed to be designed by qualified person.
e. Site Plan required showing septic tank and tile bed location.
f. Site Plan shows house location with distance to septic tank and tile bed.
g. Septic Tank and Tile Bed Design must be approved by local Regional Public Health Department.
h. Site Plan must be approved by your local Regional Public Health Department.
i. Yes…there is a fee from your local Regional Public Health Department.

10. Niagara Escarpment Commission “Approval” for certain properties:

a. Call the Niagara Escarpment Committee to be sure.
b. Your Building Department can tell you if the NEC has jurisdiction.
c. There are specific limits for building within their authority.
d. They require a “legal survey” or “legal grade survey” to comment and approval.
e. They are supportive. Having accurate blueprints helps everyone.
f. This approval is for building type, size, height, finishes and distances.
g. With accurate blueprints, they can comment much easier, and respond faster.

11. Ministry of Natural Resources “Approval” for certain properties:

a. Call the Ministry of Natural Resources to be sure.
b. Your Building Department can tell you if the MNR has jurisdiction.
c. As each site is unique, they will tell you what information they need.

12. Additional Engineering Requirements for the Ontario Building Code:

a. Engineered drawings must be stamped by a professional engineer.
b. See Appendix “A” for construction application examples that require additional engineering at the end of this book.

General Notes:

a. Items 5-7 are done by the same company.
b. All sample forms, drawings, reports and surveys are examples only and do not include all documentation required for permit.

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