View our Technical Bulletins to learn about topics related to the technical and administrative requirements of the Building Code, related standards, by-laws and processes.
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.
Apply for a Building Permit Online
All permit applications can now be submitted via our Web Portal. Before you begin, please ensure that all required documents are complete and signed (as applicable). Scan each document separately and give it a recognizable file name (e.g., Building Application, Pool Enclosure and Hot Tub Application, Septic Application, Drawings, Site Plan, etc.) and save them to your computer. Please note that an application form is required for all projects. Information collected via the portal allows your information to come into our system but does not replace an application form.
Please note that Planning and Zoning reviews cannot take place without an accurate site plan or lot grading plan (as applicable) and drawings showing all dimensions.
Only complete applications can be reviewed and approved for permit issuance. Review our Building Guides to ensure you have all of the required information for your residential building project before selecting “Submit”. If your application is incomplete, select “Save as draft”. This will save your work and allow you to complete your application at a later date through the link provided to you.
Restrictive covenants may be implemented by a developer of a given subdivision to maintain consistency among various properties in the neighbourhood, and therefore, they typically affect every lot in a subdivision. These form an agreement between the property owner and the developer, not the Township. These restrictions may extend beyond the Ontario Building Code, municipal zoning and building by-laws. For example, they may cover items such as types of cladding, fences, setbacks to property lines, building size or height. If you are uncertain as to whether this may apply to you, please contact your developer or lawyer to determine whether a restrictive covenant is in place prior to building permit submission to ensure compliance with any applicable covenants on your property.
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.
|What if I need to add or make changes to a building permit application that has already been submitted?|
|If your project changes after you have submitted your application, or you need to submit additional information, please email us with reference to your previous submission. Include the application number and address in the subject line of your email, and send it to email@example.com, unless otherwise notified by Building Staff.|
The form you need will depend on your project. Please review our Building Guides or speak to building staff to ensure that you submit what you need for your project. Completed applications, with all required forms, documents and applicable drawings, can be submitted through our Web 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
- Fees and Charges By-law (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