CITY OF TORONTO
The Canada Construction Portal for products and services
Use the links above for a building permit application, and for an approximate cost for your construction project.
Having work done at your house? Renovating? Building a new project, maybe an addition to your home?
I suggest that you receive three (3) estimates from reputable contractors and trades before undertaking any repairs or new construction projects. I also recommend that you or your contractor apply for a building permit for new construction, such as a deck, addition and electrical work. Upgrading an electrical service and/or distribution panel requires a permit.
Do not hire a contractor if he/she is reluctant to apply for a building permit! Remember, a building permit ultimately protects you, the consumer. It allows City Inspectors to "Inspect" your Contractor's work, and to make sure that all work performed is at least to Building Code Standards.
Mike Holmes is a well-liked and much respected contractor, and a Home Inspector. When he talks about exceeding the building code he’s not wrong. His experience has taught him that the OBC (Ontario Building Code) is a bare minimum. Why not exceed it when you renovate or build new.
The Ontario Building Code is only the "Minimum" standard, anything less would be Criminal! TM