Building Permits

Atikokan

Atikokan

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Office Located at:
Town Hall
120 Marks St

Mayor Dennis Brown
807-597-2540
807-597-8050 cell
dennis.brown@atikokan.ca

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US
Office Located at:

120 Marks St
Atikokan, ON
P0T 1C0

Telephone 807-597-1234
Fax 807-597-6186

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

info@atikokan.ca
 

 


 

CONTACT US
Office Located at:
Town Hall
120 Marks St

Community Services Manager
Nicole Halasz
807-597-1234 ex 232
807-597-6186
nicole.halasz@atikokan.ca

Recreation Secretary
Debbie Beyak
807-597-1234 ex 229
807-597-6186
debbie.beyak@atikokan.ca

CONTACT US
Office Located at:
Town Hall
120 Marks St

807-597-1234

CAO/Clerk
Angela Sharbot
Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 233
Fax 807-597-6186
angela.sharbot@atikokan.ca

Deputy Clerk 
Sue Bates
807-597-1234 ext 234
Fax 807-597-6186
sue.bates@atikokan.ca
 

 

Community Services Manager
Nicole Halasz
Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 232
Fax 807-597-6186
nicole.halasz@atikokan.ca

Recreation Secretary
Debbie Beyak
807-597-1234 ex 229
807-597-6186
debbie.beyak@atikokan.ca

 

Treasurer
Brandy Coulson
807-597-1234 ext 226
Fax 807-597-6186
brandy.coulson@atikokan.ca

Deputy Treasurer
Jason Young
​807-597-1234 ext 222
Fax 807-597-6186
jason.young@atikokan.ca

Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
Emma DeCorte
807-597-1234 ext 221
Fax 807-597-6186
emma.decorte@atikokan.ca

Property Tax Clerk
Adam Johnson
807-597-1234 ext 225
Fax 807-597-6186
adam.johnson@atikokan.ca

Bookkeeper
Mark Labossiere
807-597-1234 ext 223
Fax 807-597-6186
mark.labossiere@atikokan.ca

CAO/Clerk
Angela Sharbot
Tel. 807-597-1234 ex t
Fax 807-597-6186
nicole.halasz@atikokan.ca

Recreation Secretary
Debbie Beyak
807-597-1234 ex 229
807-597-6186
debbie.beyak@atikokan.ca

 

Acting Chief Building Official
Graham Warburton
Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 228
Fax 807-597-6186
firecbo@atikokan.ca

Building Inspector & Deputy Chief Building Official
Paul Manzon, C.E.T., CBCO
Cell  807-626-4997
pmanzon@tbaytel.net

By-Law Enforcement Officer
Kitrina Jacobson
Tel 807-597-1234 ext 227
Fax 807-597-6186
kitrina.jacobson@atikokan.ca

 

CAO/Clerk
Angela Sharbot

Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 233
Fax 807-597-6186
angela.sharbot@atikokan.ca

Tax Clerk
Adam Johnson
Tel  807-597-1234 ext 225
Fax  807-597-6186
adam.johnson@atikokan.ca

Fire Chief & Chief Building Official
Graham Warburton
Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 228
Fax 807-597-6186
firecbo@atikokan.ca

Building Inspector & Deputy Chief Building Official
Paul Manzon, C.E.T., CBCO
​Cell  807-626-4997
pmanzon@tbaytel.net

By-Law Enforcement Officer   
Kitrina Jacobson  
807-597-1234 ext 227
807-597-6186
kitrina.jacobson@atikokan.ca

Director of Public Works
Peter Burbeck
Tel. 807-597-1234 ext 230
Fax 807-597-6186
peter.burbeck@atikokan.ca

Public Works Foreman 

807-597-2135
Fax 807-597-6186
 

 

CONTACT US
Office Located at:
Town Hall
120 Marks St

Community Services Manager
Nicole Halasz
807-597-1234 ex 232
807-597-6186
nicole.halasz@atikokan.ca

Recreation Secretary
Debbie Beyak
807-597-1234 ex 229
807-597-6186
debbie.beyak@atikokan.ca

Building Permits

A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. Building without a permit is against the law and could result in you and/or your contractor being subject to fines or penalties as set out in the Building Code Act.

Building permits are issued by the Building Department through the Office of the Chief Building Official, located in the Municipal Office. If you have any doubts or questions, please contact the – Building Dept at (807) 597-1234 ext. 228.  Click here for the application.


Why are building permits needed?

Building permits are necessary to ensure that zoning requirements, fire and structural safety standards are complied with, primarily for safety reasons. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that a building permit is obtained, unless after consultation with the municipal officials it is determined that a permit is not required. No person without a building permit shall construct or demolish a building or cause a building to be constructed or demolished. Where:

“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.

“Demolish” means to do anything in the removal of a building or any material part there of.

How do I know if I need a building permit?

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is generally not required for the construction of any structure under 10 sq. m. (108 sq. ft.) in area. You should also be aware that any accessory structure (storage shed, etc.) is only permitted once the main use has been established on the property (ie: residential dwelling must be constructed first then accessory structures are permitted).

If you are unsure if you require a building permit, please contact the Chief Building Office to discuss the proposed construction. For your information, the following list gives some examples of typical projects that require a permit:

  • new construction (all residential, commercial, industrial, institutional) decks
  • new fireplaces or wood stoves
  • completion of roughed-in fireplaces
  • porches
  • sun rooms
  • solariums
  • carports
  • attached or detached garages
  • dormers
  • additions
  • plumbing and/or drains
  • pre-insulating and vapour barrier
  • new or structural alterations to windows or doors
  • adding or removing most walls
  • creating a washroom, kitchen or bedroom
  • basement or main floor walkouts
  • renovating or converting an existing building (change of use and occupancy).
  • replacement of roofing

Special note about swimming pools: Building permits are not required for aboveground or in ground swimming pools or for filtration and/or heating equipment. However, a separate swimming pool fence permit must be obtained from the Building Division, whether or not there is an existing fence.

Other Approvals

In addition to a building permit, you may require other approvals. Our Building Department staff will let you know which approvals are necessary. Some examples are indicated below.

Committee of Adjustment / Zoning By-law Amendment

If your proposal does not comply with the Zoning By-law, you will be required to submit an application and receive approval for an amendment and/or variance to the Zoning By-law. If the variance is considered of a minor nature, an application to the Committee of Adjustment to provide for variances to the Zoning By-law could be submitted for consideration. Approval for an amendment / variance is required it must be approved prior to a building permit being issued. Note that such application(s) require additional fees and it could take from 45 to 120 days to process.


Preparing Your Building Permit Application

If you have a good working knowledge of houses and construction, you can initially design your own project. Develop your ideas on paper with rough floor plans and specifications and then have a qualified professional transform your sketches into proper plans.

All work indicated on your drawings must conform to the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Plumbing Regulations and Township of Atikokan Zoning By-laws.

Zoning Requirements

Zoning specifies the uses permitted within particular properties and contains regulations governing such things as building setbacks, height, and lot coverage. You should contact the Building Department before you begin your project or apply for a building permit to determine the specific requirements for your addition or alteration. We require your street address, lot number, concession number and/or registered plan number, to confirm the zoning compliance.

For information call (807) 597-1234 ext 228.

Drawings
Contact the Building Department early in the planning stages of your project before any drawings have been started. You will be required to submit some or all of the following: Site plan(s), floor plans, cross-sections and elevations. Determining the specific requirements for your application can speed up the approval process, and save you time and money. If you have any questions, our staff will be happy to assist you.

Site Plan
A site plan to scale identifying buildings and other features in relation to property boundaries. The site plan should identify any existing buildings and proposed addition(s). Most or all of the information required for a site plan can be found on your property survey. You may have received one when you purchased the property. If not, you may have to retain the services of a surveyor.

The following information should be shown on a site plan:
1. Title and scale
2. Legal description
3. Street name
4. North arrow
5. Property lines and dimensions
6. Setbacks to all property lines from existing and proposed structure(s)
7. Proposed construction (shaded)
8. Overall building dimensions including height of structure(s)
9. Rights-of way and easements
10. Access and parking
11. Percentage of total lot coverage including addition or new structure
12. Identification of natural features (ie water courses or ravines).

Notes:
1. In some cases a complete property survey is not required. Instead, an existing site plan drawn to scale may suffice. Check with the Building Department staff.
2. All structures, existing and proposed, must be fully dimensioned and identified as to its specific use(s).

Floor Plans
Floor plans provide a "birds eye view" of the different floors of the proposed building. They show scaled dimensions of the rooms, halls and stairs on each floor, as well as the size, direction and spacing of structural member such as joists, beams and lintels.

The following information should be shown on a floor plan:
1. Title and scale
2. Room names
3. Interior and exterior dimensions, including door and window sizes
4. The materials used and the extent and size of both the new and existing structure(s)
5. Cross-sectional symbols
6. Location of plumbing fixtures
7. Square footage per floor area and identify number of stories.

Elevations
Elevations show all views of a building. Elevation drawings may be required for any project which would alter the exterior view of your building.

The following information should be shown on elevation drawings:
1. Title and scale
2. Heights and dimensions of existing and new window and door openings
3. Exterior finishes and materials
4. Finished floor levels and grade
5. Extent of proposed addition and existing building
6. Overall height of building
7. Slope/pitch of new roofs.

Cross-sections
A cross-section presents a view of a house along an imaginary cut, showing the structural elements of the building and exposing what is hidden behind the walls. Cross-sections through the proposed and existing structure(s) may be required to show building materials and how they relate to one another. The location of a cross-section is shown by the cross-section symbol on the floor plans.

The following information should be shown on a cross-section:
1. Title and scale
2. Room names and sizes
3. Heights and dimensions of doors and windows
4. Size and type of materials and finishes
5. Finished floor level and grades
6. Extend of existing house and proposed addition
7. Structural details, size, details of building materials.

More detailed drawings may be necessary to fully explain a particular aspect of your project which varies from conventional construction practices.


Submitting Your Application for a Building Permit

Building permit application forms may be picked up from the Building Department. The Chief Building Official would be pleased to meet with you by appointment to assist you in the completion of the application and answer any questions on your proposed project.

Your application should be accompanied by the following:

  • Two sets of building plans (floor plans, elevations and/or cross-sections)
  • One copy of your ‘approved’ property survey or site plan.

There is a fee charged for a building permit. The Chief Building Official determines the fee based on cost per square foot or the estimated cost of your project (construction material and labour). Payment of the building permit fee may be made by cash or certified cheque payable to the Township of Atikokan. It is your responsibility to ensure that the permit is posted at the construction site and the reviewed drawings are available on site for the inspector.

The Approval Process

Your application will be reviewed to ensure the proposed construction is in compliance with:

1. Zoning By-laws with respect to the proposed use, minimum setback requirements, lot coverage and building height, etc. Where applicable, staff will require confirmation of approval from other departments or agencies.
2. Ontario Building Code with respect to structural requirements.
3. Ontario Plumbing Regulations with respect to requirements for plumbing, venting, etc.

 

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 being 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/she 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 inspections, 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.

Inspections
Several inspections are required during construction to ensure that all work is done according to the reviewed plans. They include, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • footing form work prior to placing concrete
  • foundation damp proofing, waterproofing and installation of subsurface and surface water drainage systems prior to backfilling
  • roughed-in plumbing and drains prior to covering
  • structural framing prior to insulating
  • insulation and vapour barriers
  • final inspection for building, plumbing and Permission to Occupy.

Inspections do not happen automatically. It is your responsibility to ensure that either you or your contractor contacts the Chief Building Official to request an inspection at least two business days in advance before work proceeds from one inspection stage to the next. This will ensure that your project proceeds as approved.

For inspections call the:
Acting Chief Building Official at (807) 597-1234 ext 228
Building Inspector at (807) 597-1234 ext 228 or (807) 626-4997


Other inspections may be required by Ontario Hydro for electrical installations.

Before you Dig:

Remember to call the appropriate utilities before you dig:

· Bell Canada
· Union Gas
· Atikokan Hydro
· Atikokan Public Works

 

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