Before you build or renovate your property, you should always speak with the Town of Atikokan Building Department to determine the required permits. Building permits are issued by the Building Department through the Office of the Chief Building Official, located in the Atikokan Municipal Office. If you are thinking of starting a new building or demolition project, please call the Chief Building Official.
What are building permits?
A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. Building permits control the types of construction allowed in the community and protect residents by ensuring that minimum building standards are met and that any structural change is safe and legal. 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. Your contractor may get a permit on your behalf, but remember it is the owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all permit requirements.
When do 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
- sun rooms
- attached or detached garages
- 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