I’m not sure if I need a permit

“Do I need a permit?” is, by far, the most common question asked by our clients. The answer is not always simple, but, here are some clarifications:

First of all, there are two types of permit: Development Permits and Building Permits.

A Development Permit ensures that you meet the rules of the land use bylaw (zoning). It dictates some conditions regarding the allowed use of the property, the intensity of that use, the building height, the building site coverage, the setbacks from the property lines and other buildings and parking requirements.

A Building Permit ensures that your construction will comply to the building code which addresses building and fire safety. This permit dictates how the construction will be built.

 

When do I need a Development Permit?

A development permit may be required if you are planning the following:

Construct a new building, in residential, industrial or commercial zoning

Alter an existing building

Change the use of a building

Construct an accessory building

Construct a secondary suite

Apply for a discretionary use

Erect a temporary structure

 

When is a Building Permit Required ?

A building permit is required if you are planning the following:

Construction of a new building

Alteration and repair of a building

Relocation and demolition of a building

Change of use of a building.

Why choose Permit Masters?

We are confident that Permit Masters is the best company to assist you with your design and permit process. Our confidence comes from the successful completion of thousands of projects just like yours. Here is why:

We make it simple

The design, permitting and construction process can be complex and time consuming. Years of dedication and hard work have allowed us to make the design and permitting process simple for our client.

We are a reputable company

Our reputation for providing quality services and sound advice precedes us. One project at a time, we have built our reputation within the industry and with various municipalities. We have even provided successful advice to municipalities looking to improve their own approval process.

We have a proven track record

With over 3,000 home improvements projects, we have built an unmatched knowledge base that can provide you with the support you need to design and plan your project.

We have an experienced and professional team

All our project managers are qualified professionals. Our dedicated team of architectural technologists, designers and urban planners have all helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals.

We have great design expertise

Not surprising that with extensive experience comes great skills. Our project managers can guide you through the design process with confidence and ensure that the design outcome meets all the regulations applicable to your project.

You will have one point of contact

Once your project starts, you will be assigned a project manager with the proper qualifications and experience. This one point of contact will take you through the process one step at a time.

We’re flexible and cost-effective

Because we are a small company with a dozen project managers, we’re also responsive, flexible and agile. We can adapt and respond to your needs with the speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness that other companies just can’t match.

We have a time conscientious team

Not only can you expect phone calls and emails returned quickly, but your project manager will also keep you updated with each step of the process. We also know that quality drawings and a complete permit submission package will get you to the finish line more effectively.

We have an excellent success rate

In fact, our success rate is above 99%. When reviewing a new project, we identify the potential issues and provide you with alternatives and solutions. We always have a fair approach with our clients; if we don’t think something is achievable, we will not drag you into a long costly process.

What is a Building Permit?

A building permit is one that allows the construction of a building or structure to move forward on the condition that it addresses and is in compliance with the building code of a city, town or county. A building permit is necessary when any construction, relocation, alteration, demolition or repair is taking place on a property. In some instance, some buildings and structures are exempt, such as...

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What is a Development Permit?

A development permit provides permission for a specific type of development to take place on a site. The permit can be for any development such as the construction of a new house or the change of use of a commercial space from a retail use to a restaurant. The review process ensures that the proposed development meets the regulation of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). For example, the developmen...

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