I am often asked when an Architect is required for an interior home renovation. I will cover that in the subsequent post , but it worth noting the circumstances when an architect is not required.

You may not need a building permit to:

  • build a utility shed less than 10 square metres in area, subject to By-Law restrictions
  • replace existing, same-size doors and windows, subject to distance from property lines
  • install siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from property lines
  • re-clad exterior walls with noncombustible material, excluding brick or stone veneer and subject to distance from property lines
  • build a roofless deck under two feet (0.61 metres) above adjacent grade that is not attached to a building, subject to By-Law restrictions
  • install a skylight in a Part 9 building, provided not more than one rafter, joist or similar structural member (excluding a truss) is cut or removed and multiple skylights are not less than 2 m apart
  • reshingle a roof, provided there is no structural work
  • do minor chimney repairs such as the installation of a chimney cap, chimney line or repointing
  • install eavestroughs, provided that drainage is contained on your property
  • replace or increase insulation, gypsum board or plaster
  • damp-proof basements
  • paint or decorate
  • install kitchen or bathroom cupboards without new plumbing
  • erect a fence (except for swimming pools – outside pools require permits)
  • do electrical work (the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), however, must inspect electrical installations)

It’s worth noting that any list is not comprehensive and is always subject to change.