||Obligations during Construction
Building permits often list inspections that are required under the Building Code. These inspections are carried out by a building inspector, who may check the major phases of your construction. The inspector will be interested in reviewing the work carried out for variances from: the Building Code; your permit; building plans as reviewed by the municipality.
The inspector must be able to see the part of the construction he is to inspect, and usually needs 24 to 48 hours advance notice.
If the inspector finds that some work does not conform to the reviewed plans, he/she will advise you and may send a notice asking that the situation be remedied. Another inspection may be required before you resume work. If work continues without resolving the problem, you can be subject to legal action.
In addition to cooperating with any inspection, you are also required to:
- Post your building permit in a window or other prominent place on site
- Keep a copy of your building plan on site
- Bring any proposed changes to the attention of your local building official as soon as possible. These changes will be reviewed in the same manner as the original building plans
Several inspections are required during construction to ensure that all work is done according to the approved plans and the Ontario Building Code. They may include some of the following: soils & footing formwork prior to placing concrete foundation damp-proofing and waterproofing and installation of drainage tiles prior to backfilling, rough-in underground plumbing and drains prior to covering storm sewer connection prior to covering structural framing prior to insulating rough-in above ground plumbing drains prior to covering insulation and vapour barriers prior to covering final inspection for building, plumbing and heating.
Inspections do not happen automatically. It is your responsibility to ensure that either you or your contractor contacts the City to request an inspection at least 24 hours before work proceeds from one inspection stage to the next. This will ensure that your project proceeds as approved.
For inspections call 539-2382, Ext. 3103.
Other inspections may be required by Ontario Hydro for electrical installation.
Before you Dig
Remember to call the appropriate utilities before you dig:
Contact numbers are available here.
- Bell Canada
- Union Gas
- Woodstock Hydro
- Rogers Cable
Facts about Demolition
Before you demolish any building in part or whole, you are required by the Building Code to apply for a demolition permit from your municipality's building official. The process for obtaining one is similar to that for a building permit. A Notice of Demolition must be completed with all utilities confirming the date of disconnection of services. In some cases you must hire a professional engineer to oversee the demolition.
Required Clearances for Demolition Permit