Notice: The City of Pembroke now asks that, if possible, building plans be submitted in PDF as well as in hard copy.
Under the Ontario Building Code Act (OBCA), a building permit is required for the construction and/or demolition of a new building, an addition, or a material alteration of any building or structure.
- Section 8(1) of the OBCA states that "no person shall construct or demolish a building or cause a building to be constructed or demolished unless a permit has been issued."
- In the Act, "construct" means "to do anything in the erection, installation, extension, or material alteration or repair of a building and includes the installation of a building unit fabricated or moved from elsewhere.
- In the Act, "building" means:
a) a structure occupying an area greater than ten square meters consisting of a wall, roof, and floor or any of them or a structured system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures, and service systems appurtenant thereto;
b) a structure occupying an area of ten square meters or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing appurtenant thereto;
c) plumbing not located in a structure;
c.1) a sewage system; or
d) structures designated in the building code.
As the building owner, you are responsible for complying with all building requirements. Failure to obtain building permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.
The following is a list of common projects that require a building permit. The list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions please contact the City of Pembroke Building Department. Notice: The City of Pembroke now asks that, if possible, building plans be submitted in PDF as well as in hard copy.
- Construct a new building;
- Construct an addition to an existing building, such as:
- second or third story additions
- attached garages, carports
- solariums, porches, decks;
- Make structural or material alterations, such as:
- adding or removing walls (i.e., changing room sizes and/or uses)
- new windows or doors where there were none before
- enlarging or relocating existing windows or doors
- enclosing an existing deck, porch or patio of any size;
- Construct an accessory structure larger than 10 square metres* (108 square feet) in area, such as a:
- detached garage
- garden shed
- pool house or cabana *Note: If you are constructing an accessory structure and it is attached to an existing building and/or has plumbing, regardless of its size, a building permit is required.
- Finish a basement, if the work proposed includes any of the following:
- structural or material alterations
- installing or modifying heating and/or plumbing systems
- installing insulation
- excavating and/or constructing foundations
- basement underpinning
- constructing a basement entrance
- adding a second suite;
- Construct a deck;
- Construct a retaining wall more than one metre (3 feet 3 inches) in height or construct a retaining wall of any size which will be on or adjacent to public property (including streets), building entrances, or on private property accessible to the public;
- Demolish or remove all of or a portion of a building;
- Install a sewage system;
- Install or modify heating and/or plumbing systems;
- Change a building's use (e.g. from residential to office, or single dwelling-unit house to multi-dwelling unit house). Even if no construction is proposed, if a change of use is proposed a building permit is required;
- Damp proofing a building;
- Fences that encompass a swimming pool.
- Install, erect, or place a sign.
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