Building Permits Information
The Township of Carling is responsible for enforcing the Ontario Building Code and issuing permits for the construction, renovation, demolition and certain changes of use of buildings.
For building inspection requests and building permit inquiries, please leave a detailed message with the permit number, property location, inspection type and your contact information. Inspection requests can be made at 705-342-5856 Extension 410 or email our building official. Information regarding the permit process can be found below. To determine what is permitted on your property please refer to the Zoning Schedules of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law document.
Permit fee information can be found in our Fees by-law. Please note that the fees are to be indexed yearly. The 2020 fee is $11.21/$1000. The Township of Carling’s Building Official is subject to the Code of Conduct as required by the Building By-law.
Additional Building Permit Information
Before you can occupy your newly constructed residence (including cottages and sleeping cabins) you are required under the building code to obtain an occupancy permit. The occupancy permit is issued by the building department once your building has reached the minimum level of completion as set out in Division C-188.8.131.52. of the Ontario Building Code. Please refer to the excerpt from the Ontario Building Code to determine what you need to have completed to receive an occupancy permit.
A building permit is required for any new dock or any replacement dock. You will also need a building permit if you are increasing the size and/or changing the configuration. Please refer to the Zoning By-law document for dock regulations.
Depending on the size of your dock, you may require approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). No new boathouses are permitted to be built within the Township of Carling. Existing boathouses will require special permission from the Township before any work can be done.
Building Permit Process
The Township of Carling is responsible for enforcing Ontario’s Building Code and issuing permits for the construction, renovation, demolition and certain changes of use of a building. You can get an application for a building permit from our website, our office, or by clicking this link.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Chief Building Official HERE.
Building permits allow the municipality to protect the interest of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, the municipality can ensure that buildings comply with:
- The Building Code, which sets standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health and safety, fire protection, accessibility and resource conservation;
- The Comprehensive Zoning By-law and other planning controls on buildings;
- Other applicable legislation, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approval and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act.
You must obtain a building permit before you:
- Construct any new buildings over ten square metres in area (if constructing a building under the size, be sure you meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law in regards to building use (for example a sleeping cabin must be greater than ten square metres), setbacks, lot coverage, etc)
- Construction or renovation of a dock;
- Make renovation or repairs or add to a building;
- Excavate or construct a foundation;
- Construct a seasonal building;
- A solar collector that is mounted on a building and has a face area equal to other greater than 5 square metres;
Contact the building department if you have any questions about when a building permit is required.
You can get an application for a building permit from our website, our office, or by clicking this link. It is a good idea to talk to staff at the Township office before you apply. The building department can tell you what information, drawings and plans you have to include with the application and whether you will need any other permits or approvals.
The building department will review your application to confirm that the purpose of work complies with the Building Code and other applicable laws set out in the Building Code, such as the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Your application may be sent to other departments within the Township for comments.
Applications for simple alteration or addition can be processed fairly quickly, but more complex proposals may take longer. The Building Code requires that a municipality review a permit application within a certain time frame where the application meets the criteria set out in the code.
In order to be issued a permit, proposed construction must comply with the Building Code and with the applicable laws (such as zoning by-law) set out in the Building Code. If you need a zoning change or a minor variance from the zoning by-law, or, if the proposed construction does not comply with the Building Code, a permit will not be issued until the zoning or minor variance has been obtained, or the proposed construction complies with the Building Code.
If your property is covered by a site plan control by-law, no one can undertake any development unless the Township has reviewed and approved certain plans. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is sometimes implemented. The agreement contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and terms of the agreement.
If the problem relates to compliance with other applicable laws, such as interpretation of the zoning by-law you can appeal to a judge of the Superior Court of Justice, who will review the zoning by-law. You may want to talk to a lawyer first.
The Building Code sets out the stage of construction of which different types of buildings require inspections. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to contact the Township for an Inspection when the project is at the stage of construction set out in the Building Code. The Township’s building official is required to conduct the inspection within two working days of being notified. During the inspection, a building inspector will inspect the work to determine if it is carried out in accordance with the Building Code, your permit and the approved plans.
You will also be required to:
- Show your permit in a window or other place where it can be easily seen;
- Keep copies of the approved plans on site;
- Tell the Township about any changes to the proposed construction, which will also have to be approved by the building department.
The Building Inspector must always be able to see the work. If it’s different from the work that was approved and, unless you get permission from a revision to your plans, you will be told to correct it. If you don’t, the Township can take enforcement actions, such as issuing orders under the Building Code Act, 1992.
Before you take down all or part of a building, you will have to apply to the Township of a demolition permit.
If you want to change the way you use all or part of the building, you may need a change of use permit. Even if you’re not planning any construction. A building evaluation may have to be done to make sure the existing building can support the proposed use. Different uses have different building code requirements. Call the building department to find out whether you will need a change of use permit.
An individual who is charged and found guilty of an offence under the Building Code Act, 1992, such as building without a permit, can be fined up to $50,000 for a first offence and up to $100,000 for subsequent offences. For a corporation, a first offence could result in a maximum fine of $100,000 and $200,000 for subsequent infractions. Failure to comply with an order from the municipal building department is also an offence under the Building Code Act, 1992.
In addition to the planning approvals may be required in particular circumstances, for example Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry or Ministry of Environment approvals. These approvals are considered applicable law. The applicable laws, which are set out in the Building Code, must be compiled with for the building permit to be issued.
A building permit is required for any new dock or any replacement dock. You will also need a building permit if you are increasing the size and/or changing the configuration. Please refer to the Zoning By-law for dock regulations.
Depending on the size of your dock, you may require approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
When functioning correctly, your septic system is a safe and reliable way of treating household waste and wastewater. Septic systems need maintenance, repair and eventual replacement. Failing or improperly maintained septic systems can:
- Contaminate your water supply and that of your neighbours;
- Decrease your property value;
- Cause expensive repairs.
Signs that your septic system may be failing include:
- A bad smell;
- An unpleasant-looking liquid in leaching bed;
- Spongy spots/sewage on or near the leaching bed;
- Slow moving or backed-up drains in your home;
- More lush vegetation over the septic bed;
- Broken or disconnected pipes;
- Not all warning signs are visible above ground-an inspection of the take is necessary to be certain.
The Township of Carling does not offer a septic service. For a number of builds a septic permit must be obtained from the North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority before the Township of Carlings Chief Building Official can issue you a building permit.
Contact: Parry Sound On-site Sewage System Office, 705-746-7566, 62 Bowes Street Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2L5, [email protected]
Step 1: Pump regularly – Get your septic system pumped every 3 to 5 years
Step 2: Inspect often –Regular inspections every three years help prevent problems. Keep accurate records of your septic and maintenance and get your effluent filter checked and cleaned every year.
Sept 3: Pour and flush responsibly-Don’t pre down the drain or flush cooking oils, food waste, hazardous waste chemicals and harsh cleaning products.
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