The Township is experiencing a significant delay in processing new building permit applications. Current wait time are averaging 6 weeks. To assist in a timely review, please ensure you have a complete application when submitting, quality drawings completed by a qualified professional and submit your documents electronically.
A building permit is your formal permission from the Township of Springwater to begin the work described in your approved plans. Building Services issues permits for:
- New construction, additions or structural renovations (including pools, hot tubs and tents)
- Change of use
- Septic and sewer systems
Building permits keep people safe. By getting a building permit and the required inspections, you can ensure that your project meets health and safety standards, the Ontario Building Code and other applicable law.
What projects need a building permit?
Typically, you will need a permit for:
What projects do not need a building permit?
Non-structural projects that do not need a building permit include:
Who can get a building permit?
Property owners are responsible for getting a building permit for their project. Property owners can authorize a contractor or other person to apply on their behalf by providing a written letter of authorization with their permit application.
Prior to submission, ensure that you meet all necessary permissions and approvals. Submit a complete application with all the required forms, documents and applicable drawings.
The form you need will depend on your project. Please review our help guides or speak to building staff to ensure that you submit what you need for your project.
To submit your complete application form, along with drawings and other supporting documents, please use our online Building Permit Submission Portal.
Pools, hot tubs and tents
Change of use
Building fees depend on:
- Your project's square footage and construction value
- Our Building By-law, which includes Schedule C (fees updated annually)
Additional fees may apply depending on the nature and location of your project, such as entrance permit fees, development charges, water and sewer levies, lot grade deposits, or re-inspection fees. Check with building staff to determine which fees apply to your project.
The type of inspections you need depend on your project. You will receive a list of required inspections when you pick up your building permit. See our inspections page for more information.
Tips and contacts
- Ontario One Call locates any buried infrastructure on the property and will identify it safely for you, call 1-800-400-2255
- Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority regulates work in and near river streams, floodplains, wetlands, slopes and shorelines
- Electrical Safety Authority handles electrical permits
- Technical Standards and Safety Authority permits elevating devices, fuel facilities, boilers and pressure valves