Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ontario Building Code?

The construction, change of use or renovation of a building in the province of Ontario is governed by the Building Code Act, 1992. Under this act the Ontario Building Code is a regulation which stipulates minimum standards, technical and administrative requirements for building construction.

What is Building Permit?

The building permit is a document issued by the city allowing the home owner to construct, demolish or change an existing structure. The document is issued once the application has been reviewed by the city staff for compliance with Ontario Building Code, Local Zoning Bylaw and other Applicable Laws.

In the province of Ontario, no person shall construct or demolish a building or cause a building to be constructed or demolished unless the permit has been issued therefor by the chief building official (Building Code Act, 1992).

What is a property survey & why do we need it?

A Property Survey shows the location and dimensions of property lines of someone’s private property. The plan can also show fixed structures such as buildings, fences, retaining walls and so on, on the property.

The survey is required by the city to determine applicable setbacks. It is needed by the city when applying for a building permit.

I don’t have a Property Survey; how can I get one done?

Please contact MSH design and we will get it produced for you.

What are Property Setbacks & why do I need them?

The Property Setback is the distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited. We need this information to make sure that our design will not be in contravention of the building code.

Where can I get this information?

This Information can be obtained by contacting your city/town planning department.

What are Green Space Setbacks and why do I need them?

Green Space is an officially designated area surrounding towns, cities, parks, open country and farmland which is preserved from urban development.

We need this information to make sure that our design will not be in contravention of the limits set out by the local conservation authority.

Where can I get this information?

The Information can be obtained by contacting your local Conservation Authority.