Duties of Building and Planning Department:
The Building and Planning department ensure that construction within our Municipality meets with standards set out by the Ontario Building Code. The enforcement of standards is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. All building permit applications require to be approved by both the Building, Planning and Zoning Departments. In order to avoid or reduce as much negative impact as possible on adjoining properties, the use, dimensions and location of the proposed construction must conform to the zoning regulation.
MCIP RPP, Planner
613-764-5444 ext. 229
CBCO, Chief Building Official
613-764-5444 ext. 230
There are 4 main sections of interest related to the Building & Planning Department. Below, you will find quick links of the most downloaded applications.
To help you in your application process, visit the bullets listed further down the page for useful information about each section.
- Information about building your deck
- In-ground swimming pool
- Above-ground swimming pool
- Sample plans for accessory buildings
What is a Building Permit?
A Building Permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. All permit applications must be approved by Todd Bayly.
When is a Building Permit necessary?
Always verify with the Building Department before starting a project. Building Permits are typically required for the following:
- new buildings
- additions and renovations
- prefabricated structures
- mobile homes
- wood stoves, pools, decks, signs, etc.
- temporary buildings (tents)
- farm buildings (barns, sheds, silos…)
Why Building Permits?
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.
Why are Documents Required?
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
Required documents in a 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:
- Complete and signed building permit application form.
- Two complete sets of plans and specifications.
- A detailed Site Plan.
- A copy of the Deed of Land (Provided by applicant)
- A sewage system permit may be required, contact the South Nation Conservation Authority (1-877-984-2948).
- A survey plan of the property (Provided by applicant)
- Ontario New Home Warranty Program enrollment number. (Contractor Only)
- A Site Plan Agreement (Required for large projects only)
- Copy of entrance Permit. (Culvert)
- 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.
What type of information is required on the Plan?
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 the Building Code and any other applicable law.
What should the plan include?
- 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.
What type of information is required on the location plan?
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)
The Permit process, Step by Step:
- 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.
- Wait. The review process may take a few days or weeks depending on the project and on the work load.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
|CLASS OF PERMIT||BASE FEE||ADDITIONAL COST|
|1||Residential Dwellings Units||$ 1,325.00 up to 1,200 sq/ft in Gross Building Area (Per Dwelling Unit)||$ 0.88 per sq/ft after the first 1,200 sq/ft|
|2||Residential Dwellings moved from elsewhere & Mobile Homes||$ 550.00 up to 1,000 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.55 per sq/ft after the first 1,000 sq/ft|
|3||Residential Additions and Major Alterations||$ 330.00 up to 300 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.88 per sq/ft after the first 300 sq/ft|
|4||Residential Garage and Carports||$ 165.00 up to 300 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.55 per sq/ft after the first 300 sq/ft|
|4.1||Accessory Buildings, Decks and Minor Alterations||$ 165.00 up to 300 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.55 per sq/ft after the first 300 sq/ft|
|5||Institutional, Commercial and Assembly Buildings||$ 1,200.00 up to 1,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 1.10 per sq/ft after the first 1,500 sq/ft|
|6||Industrial Buildings||$ 1,650.00 up to 2,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 1.35 per sq/ft after the first 2,500 sq/ft|
|7||Commercial Warehouse and Accessory Building||$ 1,125.00 up to 1,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.35 per sq/ft after the first 1,500 sq/ft|
|8||Additions and Major Alterations (Other than Residential Buildings)||$ 825.00 up to 2,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.65 per sq/ft after the first 2,500 sq/ft|
|9||Farms Buildings||$ 775.00 up to 2,000 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.30 per sq/ft between 2,001 – 20,000 sq/ft
$ 0.45 per sq/ft between 20,001 – 30,000 sq/ft
$ 0.60 per sq/ft over 30,001 sq/ft
|10||Accessory Farm Buildings (Other than those listed below)||$ 500.00 up to 1,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.22 per sq/ft after the first 1,500 sq/ft|
|11||Fabric Covered Structures||$ 275.00 up to 1,000 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.17 per sq/ft after the first 1,000 sq/ft|
|12||Greenhouses||$ 165.00 up to 1,500 sq/ft in Gross Building Area||$ 0.12 per sq/ft after the first 1,500 sq/ft|
|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|
|24||Wood Stove||$ 100.00|
*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.
Planning ahead…. To meet tomorrow’s needs.
What Are Development Charges?
Development Charges means a fee imposed with respect to growth-related net capital costs against land. Under the new Development Charges Act, 1997, municipalities must undertake a background study. The Nation Municipality completed a background study (dated May, 2015), and passed development charge By-law No. 93-2015.
The purpose of a development charge is to generate adequate revenue to finance growth-related net capital costs for municipal services required because of growth. In essence, the development charge is designed to maintain the same average level of service offered to existing residents of the municipality. One might say it is similar to buying a corporate share (investment) in the municipality.
An example of the purpose of the charge would be as follows:
Forty additional dwellings are built in the municipality and there arises the need for an additional volunteer fire fighter. The development charge reserve fund could be used to fund the purchase of a bunker suit and communications equipment for that individual. The need for an additional volunteer fire fighter emerged from growth and now is charged back to growth through development charges.
Development charges may not be used for salaries, maintenance costs, operational costs, or replacement equipment and furniture.
Who must Pay Development Charges?
Development charges are imposed on all forms of development, with certain exceptions. The charges do not apply to accessory uses to residential uses including a garage, storage building, garden shed, swimming pool, small additions, or other similar uses.
Generally, development charges are only applied against new dwelling units or new non-residential buildings. The non-residential charge is pro-rated to account for economies of scale.
Non-residential development charges are prorated to reflect economies of scale.
When must the Charge Be Paid?
A development charge must be paid on the date a building permit is issued for a building or structure on land to which a development charge applies. The municipality is not required to issue a building permit unless the development charge has been paid. An agreement can be entered into for early or late payment of the charges in accordance with the legislation.
The public may view the annual treasurer’s development charge reserve fund statement at the Municipal Office during regular business hours. The purpose of this mandatory statement is to provide details on the reserves, amounts collected and expenditures from each service category.
Municipal Services Included in the Development Charge By- law
- Administrative (Studies)
- Public works (Contents, vehicles)
- Transportation (Streetlights)
- Fire Protection (Station, contents, vehicles)
- Recreation Services
- Library Services
Schedule “A” to By-law 93-2015
|Land Use Category||Persons per Unit||Development Charges per Residential Unit and per Square Foot of Non-Residential Floor SPace|
|Single Detached Dwelling Unit||3.4||$2,375.30||$2,740.50||$3,085.16||$3,430.33||$3,776.50||$4,120.66|
|Semi-Detached or Duplex Dwelling Unit||3.0||$2,095.85||$2,417.65||$2,722.20||$3,026.76||$3,331.32||$3,635.88|
|Row House of Townhouse Dwelling Unit||2.6||$1,816.42||$2,095.29||$2,359.24||$2,623.19||$2,887.14||$3,151.10|
|Apartment or Multiple Attached Dwelling Unit||1.8||$1,257.51||$1,450.59||$1,633.32||$1,816.06||$1,998.79||$2,181.53|
(1)The Development Charges shall increase on January 1st of each year in accordance with the amounts shown in this Table, PLUS an additional amount equal to the “Construction Price Statistic” (Ontario Series) as published by Statistics Canada quarterly (Catalogue No. 62-007) which amount is to be added annually on an incremental basis over the 5-year period of this By-law.
(2)No Development Charges on the first building permit issued for a property, up to a maximum of 3,500 square feet, after which the full Development Charges shall apply.
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.
Partial List of Requirements for Above Ground Pools
- 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.
Partial List of Requirements for In-ground Pools
- 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.
To preserve an environment assuring a good quality of life
- You want to use your property following the rules and you don’t want to cause any inconvenience to your neighbors?
- You want to ensure that your neighbors do not prevent you from fully enjoying your property?
- The rules prevent you from completing your project and you want to know your rights?
Minor Variance and Zoning By-Law Amendment Applications
- Your application conforms to most of the criteria requested by the regulation but not all of them? A request for a Minor Variance to the Zoning By-Law can be presented to the Adjustment Committee.
- The use that you are proposing does not conform? Your application does not conform to most of the criteria requested by the regulation? A request for a Zoning By-Law Amendment can be presented to the Municipal Council.
Please note that an application for a Minor Variance or a zoning amendment must be sent to the Planning and Zoning Department of The Nation Municipality at the following address:
The Nation Municipality – Planning & Zoning Department
958 Route 500 West,
Casselman, ON K0A 1M0