Building permits must be obtained before you start work on a new construction or demolition project. Building permits are for the safety of the home owner and any future owners of the property and provide information to MPAC in order to keep property assessments current.
WHEN DO I NEED A PERMIT?
Permits are normally required for:
any addition to an existing structure
any new structure over 108 square feet
porches or decks over 24” high
decks that are attached to existing building
carports and garages
structural alterations to existing buildings
moving or lifting an existing building
installing a woodstove or fireplace
adding windows or doors
increase in size of existing windows/doors
creating an apartment
altering or adding any plumbing
demolishing any structure over 108 square feet
signs; All signs require a permit except for;
signs for regulating traffic, signs in display windows, small signs displayed for directions of the public (directional restroom signs) or signs painted directly on a building.
*please contact the building department for clarification if needed*
Permits NOT normally required for:
detached decks less than 24” high
detached structures less than 108 square feet
replacing roofing or siding
replacing windows/doors with same size
interior wall, floor, ceiling finishes
weeping tile or tarring a basement
replacing plumbing fixtures
*Always check with your municipality before starting your project to determine whether a permit is required.
HOW DO I GET A PERMIT?
Prepare drawings which accurately and to scale describe the construction.
Visit your local municipal office and complete a building permit application, or click HERE to find a printable version of the application. Simply fill it out and bring to your local municipal office with the required documents for your project.
Provide the required construction and site plan drawings.
Pay the permit fee.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, SPECS & DRAWINGS:
Structural cross section
Please visit the FORMS page to obtain examples and specs for your project.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, SPECS & DRAWINGS FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS:
(click on the project you are planning to obtain a printable list of requirements. All of the documents are available on the FORMS page)
*note: additional drawings may be required depending on the specifics of the project.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER?
Review your permit and make sure all the information on it is correct, make sure you understand at what stages you are required to call for inspections.
Ensure that you have a current set of construction drawings and keep them on site at all times. Post a copy of the permit in a visible place on the construction site.
You may commence construction anytime after the permit fee has been paid. Your permit will expire if no construction has started within 6 months of the issue date, your permit will remain valid after construction has begun for as long as work progresses.
Local utilities such as hydro, gas, and telephone operate independently from the municipality and need to be contacted regarding specific approvals and inspections. Ensure you know where utilities are located before starting to dig. You can obtain line locates HERE or call 1-800-400-2255.
If changes are to be made to the approved work, notify the inspector ASAP.
CALL FOR INSPECTIONS giving at least 48 hours notice. (705-563-2426)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WORK SAFELY!!