Municipal Services

Building FAQs

A building permit is required for the construction of a building or structure, for additions, for a fireplace or wood stove and for most alterations (including plumbing). 

A building permit is not required for: 

  • Landscaping, sidewalks, driveways 
  • Painting and decorating 
  • New flooring (tile, carpet etc.) 
  • Installation of kitchen cabinets (not including plumbing fixtures) 
  • Replacing doors (in existing openings) 
  • Installation of new windows (in existing openings) 
  • Re-pointing brick veneer or chimney brick 
  • Replacing deteriorated wood for verandah floors or steps 
  • Installation of air conditioners or heat pumps 
  • Garden or tool sheds under 108 ft²/10m²* 

*May be subject to zoning requirements 

NOTE: A building permit is required for: 

  • An above-ground or in-ground pool 
  • A fence 
  • Tool sheds 108 ft²/10m² or more 

A Plan of Survey (Site Plan) may be required. 

Download theBuilding Permit Application 

  • If roof or floor trusses are used, they must be engineered by a recognized truss company. 
  • If you find that you cannot draw the plans yourself, you may be required to obtain the services of a qualified person. 
  • Single line drawings will not be accepted. View sample drawings and the information sheet for Site Plan Sketch for an example of what the drawings should look like. 

HOUSE: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which normally include the following: 

  • Site Plan 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan(s) 
  • Cross-section(s) 
  • All Elevations 
  • Fireplace details 
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs) 

ADDITIONS: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines) 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan(s) 
  • Cross-section(s) 
  • All Elevations 
  • Fireplace details 
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs) 

ATTACHED GARAGE: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines) 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan(s) NOTE: Windows and doors between garage and house should be shown. 
  • Cross-section 
  • All Elevations 
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs) 

DETACHED  GARAGE  AND  SHEDS: 
Two  sets  of  plans  drawn  to  scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines) 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan 
  • Cross-section 
  • All Elevations 
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs) 

CARPORTS: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines) 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan NOTE: Windows and doors between carport and house should be shown. 
  • Cross-section 
  • All Elevations 
  • Roof Plan (for complex roof designs) 

DECKS: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan indicating all buildings on the property (sizes and distance from all property lines) 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan 
  • Cross-section 
  • Front Elevation 

POOLS: 
Two sets of plans drawn to scale which include the following: 

  • Site Plan including; Location of pool, building(s), deck(s) and fences 
  • Cross-section of deck 

OTHER PERMITS & APPROVALS: 
For your building permit, the building department requires the following: 

  • 2 copies of working drawings 
  • Septic approval (where required) 
  • North Bay/Mattawa Conservation Authority Approval (where required) 
  • Entrance Permit (from Ministry of Transportation on Highway 17 or 94, from the Municipality elsewhere) 

This publication is intended to provide general information only. The original By-laws, acts, regulations and other relevant documents should be consulted for detailed reference. 

 

Municipality of East Ferris 

  • Planning Department and Council By-laws, Planning Advisory Committee, Site Plan Control Agreements, Land Severances, and Committee of Adjustment 

Ministry of Transportation 

  • Entrance Permit from highways and Building Permits 

North Bay/Mattawa Conservation Fill & Authority 

  • Fill/Alterations to water ways 
  • Septic systems 

Ontario Electrical Safety Authority 

  • Electrical Permit  

Ministry of Natural Resources 

  • Work within water at lake  

Department Fisheries & Oceans Canada 

  • Work within water at lake 

By-laws and codes ensure that development meets health, fire, structural and general safety requirements for the protection of the individual as well as the community as a whole. By-laws and codes also ensure a better standard of growth and development of the Municipality. 

  • New house - 7 days for most applications 
  • Additions - 7 days for most applications 
  • Repairs, alterations, carports, garages, and similar items are usually issued in a few days.  

There may be exceptions depending on: 

  • the complexity of the application 
  • the completeness of drawings and information submitted 
  • if referral to other departments or jurisdictions is necessary. 
  • If special approval(s) is required such as variances, septic systems and well approvals and development control. 

Mandatory Inspections for Housing 
Call 752-2740 to arrange for an inspection. 

 Stage 1 

 Readiness to construct footings 

 Stage 2 

 Foundation/backfill 

 Stage 3 

 Below grade plumbing rough-in 

 Stage 4 

 Structural framing 

 Stage 5 

 Above grade plumbing rough-in 

 Stage 6 

 Insulation and vapour barrier 

 Stage 7 

 Substantial completion separations, fire alarms, closures and all fire protection systems of fire 

 Stage 8 

 Substantial completion of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and air contaminant extraction equipment 

 Stage 9 

 Occupancy inspection prior to completion 

 Stage 10 

 Completion of interior and exterior finishes, plumbing and site grading 

 

Notice for Inspection 

Failure to request mandatory inspections will result in a deficiency being recorded against  
the project and will be disclosed to any person having legal right to the information and may result in an Order to Uncover. 

  • Notice must be given 24 business hours in advance for the above inspections. 
  • If work is being carried out by a contractor, ensure that the contractor calls for each necessary inspection. 
  • Look for inspection approvals before carrying out the next phase of construction.