Permit Amnesty Program
This program helps homeowners bring previously started or completed home renovation projects into compliance, to ensure your home meets building codes and standards. Please note the program does not allow starting or completing new projects without appropriate permits, as this can add significant time and costs to a project, and additional fees may apply.
Effective June 1, 2021, the Permit Amnesty Program encourages homeowners who have done renovations or upgrades to their primary residence without permits, to apply for their permits, and have their work inspected and approved as compliant with applicable codes, by-laws, and safety standards. Post-construction permit fee(s), normally applied to permits where work has been done, will be waived upon payment of applicable permit fees.
Homeowners opting into the amnesty program must ensure that work is completed and inspected by City staff within a three-year time frame. Homeowners who receive a notice or order for work done without permits as a result of an investigation by City employees will not be eligible for the amnesty program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that the City may request a current Building Location Certificate sealed by a registered land surveyor for exterior accessory structures to verify compliance with zoning by-laws, and that additional approvals (ex. a Zoning Variance for an accessory structure that does not meet size and/or yard setback requirements) may be required as a result of your permit application.
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It is recommended that homeowners also look at other sources of consumer protection information, such as participation in the Better Business Bureau, how long the company has been in business, and reviews or recommendations from trusted sources.