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Permit Drawings

Quality residential designs by our in-house BCIN Designer.

We'll manage the building permit process for you.

Why Are You Planning Your Project?

Before diving into the details of your permit drawing needs, it's important to clarify the goals and priorities for your project.

Consider the following reasons:

  • Enhance functionality and efficiency.

  • Accommodate growing family needs, such as children entering adulthood or parents wanting to age in place.

  • Create open concept floor plans

  • Adding architectural features that reflect your personal style and taste.

  • Increase property value.

  • Create a secondary source of income.

Will I Need a Permit for My Project?

Navigating the permit process is an essential step in ensuring that your bathroom remodel meets building codes and regulations.

Here's what you need to know:

  • A permit is required when demolishing an existing structure and when constructing a new one.

  • A permit is required when structural changes are required. For example, replacing a load-bearing wall with a structural beam, or adding new openings like windows.

  • A permit may also be required when making significant changes to plumbing and electrical services.

  • Tri-City Builders in-house design team can assist with obtaining permits and ensuring compliance.

How much do your design services cost?

When we understand your vision and have examined every aspect of your property we provide a fee proposal specific to your needs.

Here are some factors to consider when estimating costs:

  • Size and scope of the project. (e.g., adding a bathroom, building a backyard home)

  • Are other consultants such as property surveyors, arborists, structural engineers, HVAC engineers, Plumbing engineers, and Electrical engineers needing to be involved.

  • Will a Minor Variance application be needed because a specific aspect of the planning project does not fall within the constraints of the City's Zoning By-Law.

What's Involved in The Building Permit Process?

Tri-City Builders has an in-house BCIN Designer that can assist you with the design and development of your building permit drawings. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will ensure your builder permit drawings comply with the latest Municipal Zoning By-Laws, Ontario Building Code, and Ontario Fire Code.

Here are the key steps involved in the building permit process:

1. Initial Consultation

a) We meet with you to discuss the project and gather information about your needs and requirements.

b) Provide our fee proposal for the design activities.

c) Client to review, sign back, and send Retainer Fee.

2. Site Measurements

a) Conduct a detailed site measurement of your property to create accurate as-built floor plans.

NOTE: A recent site survey may be required for the permit submission. If a copy is not available a Licensed Land Surveyor may be required. (Additional charges apply)

3. Design Development

a) Create a conceptual design based on the information gathered during the initial consultation and from our site measurements.

4. Design Review

a) Review the design with you and make any necessary revisions.

5. Third-Party Engineering

a) Consult with structural, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical engineers as needed to ensure that the design meets all necessary codes and regulations.

NOTE: Consultants fees will be included in our design proposal.

6. Preparation of Architectural Drawings

a) Create detailed architectural drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details, incorporating feedback from the third-party engineers.

b) Compile building permit drawings, applications and other forms required for the submission.

7. City Review and Approval

a) Submit the architectural drawings to the Municipality’s Building Department. The review process is typically 10 to 20 business days. (Client responsible for paying all permit and development related fees.)

b) If required, submit additional permit applications to Authorities Having Jurisdiction such as the Conservation Authority, Heritage Committee, and Ministry of Transportation, if required.

NOTE: If a Minor Variance is required the application and Committee of Adjustments review process takes approximately 90 days.

8. Permit Approval

a) Obtain all necessary approvals from the Municipality and post a copy of the Permit Card in a street facing window. In addition, have a full printed set of the approved permit drawings available on site.

9. Construction and Inspections

a) Begin construction in accordance with the approved architectural drawings and building permit.

b) Your contractor will need to schedule several Building Inspections during the construction process. The inspections will differ based on your project scope. (e.g., pre-construction, foundation, framing/structural, plumbing rough-in, HVAC rough-in, insulation and vapour barrier, plumbing final, HVAC final, occupancy, final, etc.)

10. Occupancy

a) Once the project is complete, obtain final approval from the Building Inspector or Chief Building Official and any other necessary authorities (e.g., Fire Marshall).

Please note that this is still a sample method of procedure and it may vary depending on the specifics of your project. It’s always good to consult with your local Municipality to ensure compliance with all Zoning By-Laws laws and regulations when deciding to build an Additional Dwelling Unit.

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