Swimming Pools

Is a Permit Required?

The installation of swimming pools within the Nation Municipality requires a permit at a cost of $200, which includes a $100 deposit refundable once a final inspection has been completed. A permit can be obtained through the Building Department. A plan is required.  Temporary pools and hot tubs are not covered in this by-law and do not require a permit.

Pool Permit Application
Pool in the backyard
  • Fence:  Must be at least 48″ minimum in height, achieved by either the pool itself, a fence, or a manufacturer approved pool wall extension.
  • Setback:  Please consult with the municipal planner for setbacks to property lines.
  • Decks: To be erected in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and zoning regulations. (Provide plans as required)
  • Gates:  All gates must be equipped with a self-closing and latching device at the top inside corner, and locked when not in use.
  • Equipment: All equipment such as the pump and filter must be located a minimum of 36″ away from the wall of the pool.
  • Fence: Must be at least 60″ minimum in height. There shall be a distance of 48″ minimum between the fence and any part of an in-ground swimming pool.
  • Setback: Please consult with the municipal planner for setbacks to property lines.
  • Equipment Shed: To be erected in accordance with the Ontario Building Code. A separate building permit may be necessary and a construction plan is required. Municipal setbacks must also be respected.
  • Gates: All gates must be the same height at the fence. Gates must be equipped with a self-closing and latching device at the top inside corner, and locked when not in use.

Garage, fences & decks

What type of information is required in a Location Plan?

Location plans shall be drawn to scale, be legible, and indicate the nature and extent of the work in sufficient detail to establish that the completed work will conform to the applicable law.

Small garage in the backyard
  • Submit application.
  • Wait. The review process may take a few days or weeks depending on the project and on workload.
  • Receive results of the review. If the project is in compliance with building and zoning regulations, a permit will be issued. If denied, you can make the required revisions to the application and resubmit.
  • Receive Permit. Once the fees are paid, construction can begin according to revised plans.
  • Call for inspections. Each building project has to be inspected at different stages.

Construction/Demolition & Location Plan

Building Permits

What is a Building Permit?

A Building Permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction of a building project.  All permit applications must be approved by Todd Bayly.

House being built

Always verify with the Building Department before starting a project. Building Permits are typically required for the following:

  • new buildings
  • additions and renovations
  • demolitions
  • prefabricated structures
  • mobile homes
  • plumbing
  • wood stoves, pools, decks, signs, etc.
  • temporary buildings (tents)
  • farm buildings (barns, sheds, silos…)

Permits ensure that construction within our Municipality meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. The enforcement of standards is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. 

When applying for a building permit you will be required to submit certain documents with your application. These documents are essential in assisting the Building Official in properly reviewing your application for a Building Permit

Building and Location Permit Application

The list below is a guide to assist you in obtaining your building permit. The nature of your application will determine which of the listed documents are required by the municipality. For example, documents required for a Single Family Dwelling or a garden shed will vary accordingly.

Type of documents that can be required:

  1. Complete and signed building permit application form.
  2. Two complete sets of plans and specifications.
  3. A detailed Site Plan.
  4. A copy of the Deed of Land (Provided by applicant)
  5. A sewage system permit may be required, contact the South Nation Conservation Authority (1-877-984-2948).
  6. A survey plan of the property (Provided by applicant)
  7. Ontario New Home Warranty Program enrollment number. (Contractor Only)
  8. A Site Plan Agreement (Required for large projects only)
  9. Copy of entrance Permit. (Culvert)
  10. Letter of Authorization from the Ministry of Natural Resources or the South Nation River Conservation Authority (1-877-984-2948), as required, contact the Planning Department.

Plans shall be drawn to scale, be legible, and indicate the nature and extent of the work or proposed occupancy in sufficient detail to establish that the completed work will conform to the Building Code and any other applicable law.

  • Floor plans of all levels. (Ground, Basement, etc.)
  • Elevations of all facades. (Front, Rear, Right, Left.)
  • Cross section
  • Wall section
  • Specifications of Construction
  • Specific construction details as required
  • Engineers’ approval may be required. 

A location plan is essentially a graphic representation of the property showing the location of the proposed construction in relation with the property lines. For further assistance on preparing your location plan, please contact the Municipal Planner. (Guylain Lafleche extension 229)

  1. Submit Application. Other documents may also be required for your project. ie: deed of land, permit from the South Nation Conservation Authority, plan of survey, construction plans etc.
  2. Wait. The review process may take a few days or weeks depending on the project and on the workload.
  3. Receive results of review. If the project is in compliance with building and zoning regulations, a Permit will be issued. If denied, you can always make the proper revisions to the application and resubmit.
  4. Receive Permit. Once the fees are paid, construction can begin according to revised plans.
  5. Call for inspections. Each building project has to be inspected at different stages. The required inspections will be indicated on your Building Permit.

*Some projects may require the visit of a representative from the Building and Planning Department

How much does a Building Permit Cost?

The Permit fee is based on the size of the construction project. Additional fees may include development charges, service connection charges, performance deposits and/or others.

Please find below Class of Permit, Base Fee and Additional Cost.

1- Residential Dwellings Units

  • $ 1,325.00 up to 1,200 square feet in Gross Building Area (Per Dwelling Unit)
  • $ 0.88 per square foot after the first 1,200 square feet

2- Residential Dwellings moved from elsewhere & Mobile Homes

  • $ 550.00 up to 1,000 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.55 per square foot after the first 1,000 square feet

3- Residential Additions and Major Alterations

  • $ 330.00 up to 300 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.88 per square foot after the first 300 square feet

4- Residential Garage and Carports

  • $ 165.00 up to 300 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.55 per square foot after the first 300 square feet

4.1- Accessory Buildings, Decks and Minor Alterations

  • $ 165.00 up to 300 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.55 per square foot after the first 300 square feet

5- Institutional, Commercial and Assembly Buildings

  • $ 1,200.00 up to 1,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 1.10 per square foot after the first 1,500 square feet

6- Industrial Buildings

  • $ 1,650.00 up to 2,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 1.35 per square foot after the first 2,500 square feet

7- Commercial Warehouse and Accessory Building

  • $ 1,125.00 up to 1,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.35 per square foot after the first 1,500 square feet

8- Additions and Major Alterations (Other than Residential Buildings)

  • $ 825.00 up to 2,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.65 per square foot after the first 2,500 square feet

9- Farms Buildings

  • $ 775.00 up to 2,000 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.30 per square foot between 2,001 – 20,000 square feet
  • $ 0.45 per square foot between 20,001 – 30,000 square feet
  • $ 0.60 per square foot over 30,001 square feet

10- Accessory Farm Buildings (Other than those listed below)

  • $ 500.00 up to 1,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.22 per square foot after the first 1,500 square feet

11- Fabric Covered Structures

  • $ 275.00 up to 1,000 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.17 per square foot after the first 1,000 square feet

12- Greenhouses

  • $ 165.00 up to 1,500 square feet in Gross Building Area
  • $ 0.12 per square foot after the first 1,500 square feet

13- Lagoons

  • $ 500.00 per structures

13.1- Silos

  • $ 150.00 per structures

14- Plumbing

  • $ 55.00 up to 5 fixtures
  • $ 11.00 per fixture over five

15- Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

  • $ 115.00

16- Designated Structures, except solar panel: Residential Use

  • $ 125.00 per structure

16.1- Designated Structures, except solar panel: Non-Residential Use

  • $ 1,250.00 per structure

16.2- Designated Structures, solar panel: Residential Use

  • $ 250.00 per structure

16.3- Designated Structures, solar panel: Non-Residential Use

  • $ 1,000.00 per structure

17-  Demolition Permit

  • $ 100.00

18- Temporary Permit

  • $ 150.00 per six (6) months

18.1- Special Events Permits (Tents)

  • $ 50.00

19- Change of Use Permit

  • $ 250.00

20- Transfer of Permit (Under Section 11.3)

  • $ 100.00

21- Renewal of Permit (Under Section 10)

  • $ 100.00

22- Conditional Permit Agreement

  • $ 100.00

Cost of the full permit according to class

23- Pools

  • $ 100.00

24- Wood Stove

  • $ 115.00

*Please note that a service fee may be applicable for municipal water and sewer connections. Please contact Nicole Paquette for more information.

Administration Performance Deposits

A performance deposit or “bond” is charged for each permit issued. The amount of that deposit is based on the value of the building project. The full amount of the deposit is refunded if the project is completed within 1 year of the date the permit was issued. After that period, and without any further notice, an amount equal to 25% of the original deposit is retained for administrative purposes each year thereafter. To avoid frustration and delays, please call for all inspections. Please note that if the owner or agent abandons their project prior to the issuance of the building permit the administration performance deposit shall be retained in full by the municipality.

Building Permit Application & Location Plan Application

Open Air Fire Permits

Planning on lighting an outdoor fire? Take a look at the Open Air Burning By-Law 84-2004.

If you intend to light an outdoor fire with a flame base larger than 1 square metre, you must obtain a fire permit beforehand.

Woman and her dog sitting by a camp fire.

Please complete this fire permit application form:

Application for a fire permit

Adresse(Required)
MM slash DD slash YYYY
MM slash DD slash YYYY

If granted, the permit is valid only for the time and place specified above and the permit must be kept at the site and made available for inspection by the Fire Chief or Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. If, upon inspection of the fire, the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Chief is satisfied that the fire poses a danger to health or safety of any person or property the Officer or Chief can cancel or suspend the permit and order the fire extinguished and, if assistance from the fire department is necessary for the purpose of removing such condition, the owner of the land shall be charged the cost incurred. 

Once the completed application form is received by the Municipality, a By-law Enforcement Officer will visit the intended location to ensure that the fire can be lit safely and that the intended location conforms to the terms of the By-law. The Officer may issue the permit, issue the permit with conditions, or refuse to issue the permit.  Please allow 48 hours for an application to be processed.

The By-law Enforcement Officer will refuse to issue a fire permit under one or more of the following conditions:

  • The intended location of the fire is less than 50 metres from a neighbouring dwelling.
  • The intended location of the fire is less than 150 metres from a wooded area without snow cover.
  • Weather conditions are too dry to allow for safe burning.
  • The smoke from the intended fire might create a danger to vehicular traffic.
  • The intended fire may burn out of control or present some other danger.

There is a fee of $25 for the permit.  Payment can be made in person at The Nation’s office or you can send a check by mail.  The applicant will receive a fire permit that must be present at the location of the fire while the fire is burning. Before lighting the fire, the applicant must telephone 1-888-870-8883 to advise the fire dispatch centre that they will be lighting a fire for which a permit has been issued. The dispatch centre will have already received a copy of the permit from the By-law Enforcement Officer.

Whether a fire permit is required or not, it is prohibited to burn the following:

  • Tires, plastic, rubber or petroleum products.
  • Grass, weeds or other vegetation rooted in the ground.

The burning of ditches, lawns and fields is prohibited. These types of fires are the most difficult to control and pose the highest danger of spreading. Smoke from the burning of roadside ditches creates a hazard for vehicular traffic.

FEE: Fire permits are $25.00 for one month.

For more information, please contact Nicole Paquette at 613-764-5444, extension 260

Lottery Licences

The Criminal Code & Role of Municipalities

Section 206 makes it an indictable offence to participate in a lottery scheme in any manner. However, Section 207 provides an exemption for charitable and religious organizations to organize lotteries, provided that they are issued a license by the appropriate provincial authority.

Municipalities have the authority to issue licenses for the majority of lotteries in their communities, including bingo licenses up to a $5,500 prize board, raffles up to $50,000, and most break open ticket lotteries.

Black and white lottery balls in a machine

The following questions may be used to help assess the eligibility of the organization applying for a lottery license:

  1. Which of the following four charitable objectives does the organization correspond to?
    1. The relief of poverty;
    2. The advancement of education;
    3. The advancement of religion; or
    4. Any other charitable purpose(s) beneficial to the community that does not fall under a, b or c.

If none of the above, the organization’s objectives should not be considered charitable.

  1. Is the organization authorized to provide charitable services in Ontario and use the proceeds for objects or purposes that benefit Ontario residents?
  2. Do the organization’s activities and their intended outcomes exclude or deny the benefits of these activities to any segment of the community?
  3. Do the organization’s fundraising activities benefit a significant portion of the community?
  4. Is the organization set up in such a way as to be considered independent of any other organization (legally, financially, administratively)
  5. Has the organization been in operation for at least one year and does it have a charitable mandate?
  6. Is there a person or persons who will assume full responsibility for the event?
  7. What will the proceeds of the event be used for and is the intended use consistent with the organization’s charitable objectives?
  8. Does the organization have a place of business in Ontario?

*Entertainment Standards Branch, Lottery Licensing Policy Manual

Conditions and Applications

Consult the Events, Definitions, Terms and Conditions, Application and Report forms and municipal licensing.

A fundraising sale of goods, typically for charity, which may include any combination of the following lotteries:

  1. a) A raffle not exceeding $500 in prizes
  2. b) A bingo not exceeding $500 in prizes
  3. c) A maximum of three Wheel of Fortunes with a maximum $2 bet

$10.00 per wheel per day

Bingo: 3% of proposed prize

Raffle: 3% of proposed prize

A game in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off five numbers in a row or another required pattern.

3% of proposed prize

A break open ticket is a device made of cardboard with perforated-cover window tabs behind which are symbols revealed by tearing open the cover tab. The winning combination of symbols appear on the back of the ticket.

3% of proposed prize

 

 

A means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random, the holder or holders of such tickets winning a prize. Types of raffles include 50/50 draws, elimination draws, calendar draws, sports raffles and rubber duck races.

3% of proposed prize

A blanket raffle license allows eligible organizations to obtain a single lottery license to conduct and manage more than one type of raffle event within a fixed time period and from one location, with a capped total prize amount of $5,000.

3% of proposed prize

To apply for a lottery license, please complete the application form and send it to the following address:

The Nation Municipality

958 Route 500 West

Casselman ON K0A 1M0

What happens next?

Please complete the report form and mail or deliver in person to The Nation Municipality within 30 days after the event has taken place.

For more information

Please visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website

For more information, please see Section 206 and 207 of the Criminal Code

Signs

With a few exceptions, if you intend to install a sign larger than 0.28 square metres (3 square feet) you must first obtain a sign permit from the Municipality.

Signs By-Law 22-2018

Fill out the application form:

Permit for a sign

Address of owner(Required)
Address of contractor(Required)

Please note: issuance of this sign permit does not relieve the applicant from the responsibility of obtaining a building permit or any other necessary approvals

Permit fee ($100,00) and the Performance Deposit ($1,000,00) payable upon receipt of invoice. 

Please note that the performance deposit will be refunded once the sign is installed in compliance with the permit.

The application will be verified by the following departments;

  • The Building Department, to determine whether a building permit is required
  • The Zoning Department, to verify that the location and size of the sign complies with the Zoning By-law
  • The Municipal Law Enforcement Department, to verify that the content and nature of the sign comply with the Sign By-law.

The Sign By-law prohibits the placement of signs on public road easements, on public property under the jurisdiction of the municipality, or by nailing, riveting, screwing or drilling holes into posts on public property.

If you intend to install a sign within the road allowance of a county road, you will be required to include written permission from the United Counties of Prescott & Russell with your application.

With a few exceptions, all signs must be at least 3 metres (10 feet) from a public road allowance and 1.5 metres (5 feet) from adjacent property lines.

 

Except for the company name, all contents of new commercial signs must be bilingual. The dimensions and style of lettering must be identical in English and French.

The Sign By-law prohibits the following content:

  • Skeletons, skull and crossbones, or any other gruesome image
  • Nude human body, erotic or pornographic scenes
  • Shapes or colours that could be mistaken for traffic lights or traffic signs

Noise

Need an exemption for an event?

The Noise By-law allows the granting of exemptions for specified time periods up to six months in duration by resolution of the Municipal Council. Persons wishing to obtain an exemption must submit an application to the Municipality. Before deciding on whether to grant the exemption, Council will give the applicant as well as any person opposed to the exemption an opportunity to be heard. Council may also grant an exemption with certain terms and conditions attached that must be respected.

Noise is defined as unwanted sound or sounds likely to disturb the inhabitants of The Nation Municipality.

 

Noise exemption application

Address of applicant(Required)
MM slash DD slash YYYY
MM slash DD slash YYYY

Fireworks

For more information, please contact the Manager of Municipal Law Enforcement, Mario Hautcoeur, at 613-764-5444 extension 223 

Would you like to set off fireworks for a special occasion? Request an exemption to the fireworks by-law by completing the following form. A Municipal By-law Officer will contact you within 3 business days. 

Consumer fireworks application

Location of discharge of fireworks(Required)
Were the neighbours informed of the event and discharge of fireworks?(Required)

 

 

If you are hosting a special event where display fireworks will be discharged, you must apply for a permit a minimum of 30 days before the event. 

Fee: $25.00, payable upon the receipt of invoice. 

 

Professional fireworks application

Address(Required)
Time of the firework discharge(Required)
:
Location of discharge of fireworks(Required)

 

Necessary documents :

  • Proof of certification of the Applicant as Firework Supervisor: (upload image)
  • Proof of consent of the owner of the property to the discharge of fireworks (upload image)
  • Proof of insurance and indemnification in accordance with Sections 10 and 11 (upload image)

Mariage Licences

  • Persons getting married in Ontario need to be at least 16 years old.
  • Under 18 years old: you will need a written consent from both your parents.

Visit Service Ontario for more information on registered marriage officiants in Ontario.

In order to apply for a marriage licence, you must schedule an appointment with the Clerk or Deputy Clerk. While it is recommended that both partners be present at the appointment, it is not required.

Both partners will need to supply the following documentation:

  • One government issued picture ID (example: driver’s licence or passport) and birth certificate;
  • The original divorce papers, if applicable.
  • The original death certificate, if applicable.
  • Consent form, if applicable.
  • Marriage Licence Application Form duly completed and signed.

Once issued, the marriage licence will be valid for 3 months and anywhere in Ontario.

The fee for the marriage licence is $135.00. We accept Interac and cash only. 

The Province of Ontario has extended the expiry date for most marriage licences issued during the States of emergencies, as declared by the province. For more information, please visit Service Ontario.

If you need a replacement licence, please schedule an appointment with the Clerk or Deputy Clerk.

Email the Clerk’s Office to schedule an appointment. 

Washable Diapers

Did you know that The Nation Municipality offers refunds for parents of newborns who purchased washable diapers?  This is done in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage sent to our landfills. For more details, please consult our Washable Diaper Policy, Number AD-2021-01.

We have a total of 20 refunds to give away per year!

Mother and Father changing baby's cloth diaper.

Apply today by filling out this application form:

Washable Diaper Refund Application

Address(Required)
MM slash DD slash YYYY
Max. file size: 50 MB.
(Example driver's license, recent utility or tax bill)
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Receipts for washable diapers
Max. file size: 50 MB.


Note :

  • Attach proof of residence (such as a driver’s license or latest utility bill)
  • Attach proof of purchase (receipts/invoices of at least 20 washable diapers and/or inserts)
  • Attach proof of baby’s birth

Municipal Donation

The Nation Municipality strives to promote activities that will enhance the cultural, social, economic well-being of the community. For this reason, the Council of The Nation Municipality is committed to receive and treat all request for financial assistance in a consistent and equitable manner. For more information, please see the Municipal Donation Policy. 

Section A - Organization’s Information

Mailing Address(Required)
Contact person's name(Required)

Section B - Application Summary

Your request is for(Required)
Note that only one donation will be given per application / organization per year.
MM slash DD slash YYYY
Is admission free?(Required)
If applicable, the organism consents to sending a report to The Nation Council(Required)