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BUILDING CONTROLS DEPARTMENT

The Building Controls Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the Ontario Building Code Act and its Regulations, the Planning Act and Municipal By-Laws.  This is done through plans examination, issuing the appropriate building permits and conducting site visits at various stages of construction.  

A building permit regulates the type of construction allowed in the community and helps to ensure building standards are met. The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the community and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.

By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Division staff. Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur.

If you would like to schedule an in-person meeting, please call the Township Office at 705-869-0225 to set up an appointment.

Contact information:

Mike Campbell
Building Official – Township of Baldwin
In the Township office Monday and Friday Afternoons. 
Tel. (705) 869-0225
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NOTE: Starting the week of October 30, 2017 there will be a change to the scheduled days available.  It will change to Tuesday and Friday Afternoons.

 

Other Contact Information:

Dan Rivet 
Chief Building Official
Tel. (705) 869-0225
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Joe West
Building Official
Tel. (705) 869-0225
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NOTE: The Town of Espanola will not accept and/or forward building permit applications for the Township of Baldwin.  Please drop off your completed applications off at the Baldwin Township office.


 

BUILDING PERMITS

In order to carry out any construction, renovations and/or demolitions you must complete and submit an Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish to the Building Controls Department.  This must be done prior to the commencement of construction/demolition as the plans and specifications of the project must be reviewed to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code and any other legislation.  

A building permit regulates the type of construction allowed in the municipality and ensures that construction within the municipality meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. No matter what the specific project may be, the enforcement of the codes are carried out to protect publics health, safety and welfare.

Compliance with Municipal By-Laws such as the Zoning By-law are also evaluated during the review process.  The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the municipality and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.

By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Division staff. Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur.

Examples That DO Require a Permit:

  • Construct a new building on your property
  • Renovate, repair, alter or add to an existing building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building/structure on your property
  • Install, change or remove load bearing walls and non load bearing partitions
  • Make new openings for windows or doors, or make existing openings wider
  • Replace existing windows and doors
  • Sheds or garages over 108 sq.ft.
  • All decks more than 24″ above grade (whether attached or detached)
  • Carports
  • Dormers
  • Changing weeping tiles, repairing foundations
  • New woodstove or fireplace
  • Replace HVAC and heating systems
  • Finish a basement

Examples That DO NOT Require a Building Permit:

  • Detached structures 108 sq.ft. or less
  • Decks 24″ or less above grade (With no direct access into a structure)
  • Eaves troughs (although please ensure drainage is contained on your property)
  • Painting
  • Reinstall/replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards
  • Electrical Work (Contact the Electrical Safety Authority to see if an electrical permit is required)
  • Fences (other than for swimming pools/hot tubs)
  • Asphalt roof shingling
  • Minor repairs to masonry
  • Air conditioning units or heat pumps added to existing forced-air systems
  • Kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing/Mechanical ventilation
  • Free-standing satellite dishes
  • Replace existing forced-air furnace (no duct work alterations)
  • Pool heaters
  • Painting and decorating
  • Landscaping

If you are unsure whether a building permit is required or not, please contact the building department at 705-869-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to schedule an in person meeting, please call the Township Office at 705-869-0225 to set up an appointment.


 

METHODS FOR SUBMITTING A BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION

IN PERSON: 

You can submit your building permit application and required plans in person at our office, located at 11 Spooner Street, P.O. Box 7095, McKerrow, ON, P0P 1M0.  Please call ahead to schedule an appointment, 705-869-0225.

EMAIL SUBMISSION:

You can submit your building permit application by saving the completed application (PDF file) and email it to the Building Controls Department.  You must also attach all the applicable plans and specifications (Must in a PDF format) with your application form.  If you are unable to attach the required files to the application email, you may submit them in person or via mail and please indicate in the email that you are submitting the plans at a later date.

Typically, a complete submission should include: 

  • Complete building permit application
  • Schedule 1 – Designer Information (Homeowners may be exempt from these designer requirements. Please contact the Building Controls Department if you are unsure if this applies to your project).
  • Schedule 2 – Sewage System Installer Information (If applicable).
  • 2 sets of all plans and specifications, with an architect's/engineer's seal or BCIN from a qualified designer (Please contact the Building Controls Department if you are unsure if this applies to your project).
  • Site/Plot Plan which shows the proposed/existing location of the structure in relation to your property.
  • Additional items may be required (As determined by the Chief Building Official at the time of application).
  • Permit fees to be paid at the time of application (In person via cash or cheque or by mail via cheque). 

 

NOTE:

 The application will be considered incomplete until all required plans are submitted (and received) and payment is received.

 


 

WHAT TYPES OF PLANS/DRAWINGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED?

Drawings are required for all new buildings, additions, accessory buildings and structural alterations. Two sets of drawings are usually required, and once approved, one set will be returned to the owner. This returned set of drawings must be kept on the construction site at all times.  Measurements may be in imperial or metric.  Plans vary depending on the type of construction but typically include:

FOUNDATION/BASEMENT PLAN (Click here to see an example)

  • All dimensions indicated
  • Size and location of beams
  • Bearing walls or support columns
  • Footings (Spot/pad, pier, continuous)
  • Foundation type (Concrete block, poured concrete, wood, etc.)
  • Foundation thickness
  • Size and type of floor Joists, spans and centers
  • Stair location(s) and framing

FLOOR PLAN (Click here to see an example) 

  • Title and scale
  • Use of rooms and spaces
  • Extent of new construction including new work within an existing building
  • Size, type and location of exterior and interior walls and partitions
  • Width, locations and lintel (header) sizes of all openings
  • Location, dimension and direction of stairs
  • Size, type, spacing and location of structural members
  • Sectional arrow (Example)
  • References to detailed drawings
  • Material specifications or notes

BUILDING CROSS SECTION (Click here to see an example)

  • Title and scale
  • Size and type of footings and foundation walls
  • Roof and ceiling construction, roof slope
  • Finished grade
  • Distance from grade to floor and underside of footing
  • Exterior and interior wall construction
  • Floor construction
  • Attic and crawl space ventilation

ELEVATIONS (Click here to see an example)

  • Title and scale
  • Extent of new and existing construction
  • Grade level
  • Roof shape, slope and finish
  • Exterior wall cladding, finishes and flashing(s)
  • Vertical dimensions of walls, windows and doors
  • Overhand dimensions
  • Rain water leader and eavestrough
  • Height of structure (See the Zoning By-Law for structure height definition)

SITE PLAN (Click here to see an example)

A site plan is required for any new buildings, additions or accessory buildings.  A site plan should be drawn and contain the following:

  • Title and scale
  • Legal description of property
  • Road name
  • North Arrow
  • Property lines with dimensions
  • Setbacks (distance) to all property lines from all existing and proposed structures**
  • Proposed construction (Shaded or cross hatched)
  • Overall building dimensions, lot coverage, new and existing building areas of all buildings
  • Right-of-way easements (Hydro, etc)

 


 

PERMIT FEES

Fees are due when an application is submitted and are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. All fees include applicable taxes unless otherwise specified. Payment can be made in the form of cash or cheque. Partial refunds, in the event of the withdrawal of an application, may be requested in accordance with applicable by-laws.

Please see the Building By-Law for the permit fee schedule.  Please contact the Building Department for any questions relating to the permit fees.

 


 

WHEN TO CONTACT THE SUDBURY & DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT?

Prior to the issuance of a Building Permit for your proposed project, approval from the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) pertaining to your septic system is required if you are:

  • Constructing a new building
  • Adding a bedroom, sleeping cabin, or washroom
  • Increasing the number of fixture units (sink, toilet, bathtub, shower, laundry, dishwasher, etc.), or
  • Increasing the total floor area of the building by 15 percent or more.

Please visit the SDHU website for further information. 

In order to ensure a smooth process for the issuance of your building permit, it is recommended that you obtain SDHU approval prior to submitting your building permit application. 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What can I build on my property and what are the setbacks?

Please review the Zoning By-Law or contact the Township Office to verify the zoning and setbacks of your property.


What size of shed do I require a permit for?

​Any shed over 108 sq. feet. If the shed is under this size, you must still meet the property zoning setbacks for placement of the shed. Please contact the Township Office to verify the zoning and setbacks.


Where can I find information about my well?

The Township of Baldwin does not have any jurisdiction over private wells. Please contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-890-8511 (you will need to have your tax bill handy with the legal description and possibly the roll number).


Where can I find information about my Septic System?

Septic System are governed by the Sudbury and District Health Unit.  Please visit the SDHU website for more information.


I would like to build a fence on my property. Do I need a permit?

If you are building a fence for purposes other than a swimming pool, you do not require a permit. Please contact the Township Office for more information on the swimming pool fence by-law.


I am building a deck which will lie on the ground and is not attached to the house. Do I need a permit?

Yes. If the deck provides a means of egress into or out of a building and is considered a building regardless of size or height off the ground.​


How do I get a culvert installed?

Please contact the Public Works Department for more information on culverts. ​


My property is located on a Provincial Highway. Where can I obtain a driveway entrance permit?

Please contact the Ontario Ministry of Transportation​.


How long does it take to get a permit?

House/Cottage – 10 business days from the time that all of the required paperwork is received. ​

Simple Applications (deck, garage, renovation) - 10 business days or less.

Commercial/Industrial/Institutional - up to 30 business days.


Is there an expiry date for permits?

Yes. Usually one year. Permits can be extended if they are being actively worked on. In some instances, a site inspection is required to extend a permit. You may eventually be required to apply for a new permit to complete the project. ​


How much notice do you require for an inspection?

A minimum of 24 hours.  Inspections are conducted on Monday and Friday afternoons. (Subject to change without notice)


I have amended my drawings that were approved for my permit. How should I proceed from here?

Please provide 2 sets of amended drawings to the Building Department for review. In some cases, and additional fee is payable. ​


Where do I obtain information about the home warranty program in Ontario or if my contract is registered?

Contact Tarion Warranty Corporation.​

 

Contact Us

The Corporation of
the Township of Baldwin

11 Spooner Street, P.O. Box 7095,
McKerrow, On P0P 1M0

Phone (705) 869-0225
Fax (705) 869-5049

Email Us karin@baldwin.ca

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