This is a excellent question. Under the Building Code Act, below is a list of common projects where a building permit is required:
Building permits and municipal approvals are necessary to a city’s infrastructure and development. Without these regulations in place, people would be able to build whatever they wanted and wherever they wanted.
The building permit and planning approvals process ensures that a building, or changes to a building are:
Who can prepare building permit drawings for a building permit?
Building permit drawings and documents can only be prepared by a licensed Architect with a certificate of practice issued by the Ontario Association of Architects. Also for certain types of projects, a professional engineer licensed by the Professional Engineers of Ontario can prepare these documents.
While homeowners can apply for their own residential projects, we strongly recommend hiring a professional to provide guidance + assistance throughout the building permit and planning approval process.
UNION architecture would be happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have regarding the building permit and planning approval process.
City of Toronto – Building Permits