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Building Services

Welcome to Building Services

For any inquiries related to permits, fees or the application process, please contact our department directly at (519) 736-5408. We are here to help! Appointments are not necessary but recommended. 

You can still apply direct via email to building@amherstburg.ca or drop off "in person" to our office at 3295 Meloche Road (Libro Arena) . When you arrange to meet with us to apply, we will review and discuss your project and confirm that it meets our Zoning By-law, Building Code and application requirements. If you have applied already you may call our office to confirm application status at 519-736-5408 (Please note we have many applications in for review, your patience is appreciated) If using our Amherstburg Portal to apply for a building permit, please ensure you upload the application for permit and other appropriate forms,  2 sets of drawings and a site plan. 

 When is a Permit required
 

We issue a variety of permit types:

 

  • General Building / Addition/Renovation Permits
  • Demolition Permits
  • Plumbing Permits
  • Pool Permits
  • Septic/Sewer Permits
  • Permanent Sign Permits
  • Sewer Repair

 

Failure to obtain a permit when required may result in costly delays or legal action.

You may require additional permits or clearances from other authorities. Please contact their office or refer to their website for further information:

 

ERCA (Essex Region Conservation Authority) - 519-776-5209 www.erca.org

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) - Electrical  Inspections/Permits - 1-877-372-7233  https://esasafe.com

County of Essex - Structure and setback permits https://eforms.countyofessex.ca

Enbridge Gas (formerly Union Gas) - https://www.enbridgegas.com

Before doing any work, please inquire if locates are needed!

Ontario One call (BUD System) For all locates(GAS, WATER, HYDRO) - 1-800-400-2255 https://ontarioonecall.ca

 

Please note, when building permits are finalized, the information of the improvement, construction or change to the property is provided to the Municipal Assessment Corporation (MPAC). This will result in an increase to the assessed value of the property. Information of this increase is provided to the Municipality and will result in Supplementary bills being charged.

 

When is a Permit NOT required

You do not require a Building Permit for the following:

  • Replace existing same-size doors and windows (subject to distance from property lines)
  • Install siding on small residential buildings (subject to distance from property lines)
  • Build a roofless deck under 24" from ground
  • Build a utility shed under 161 sq. feet
  • Re-shingle a roof
  • Dry-wall or plaster
  • Paint or decorate
  • Install kitchen cabinets / bathroom cabinets
Permit Packages - 

Please note these packages will be updated soon with our 2023 Fees! In the meantime please refer to the  "New User Fee Schedule for 2023" and "Development Charges" as adopted by Council January 10, 2023

Other Duties of the Department 
 
  • Inspection of Permits
  • Property Standards Complaints
  • Administrating the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Building Code Inquiries
What must be included /timeline for permit processing
 

Please note that most permits are subject to applicable fees and deposits.  Your permit application must accompany 2 sets of structural drawings, including a site plan and any other applicable forms/approvals as well as the deposit.  We regret that we cannot review incomplete applications. 

Timeline to process applications for permit:

SFD (Single Family Dwelling

10 Business Days

House addition/renovation

10 Business Days

Pools/Decks

10 Business Days

Shed/Garage/Post and Beam (Pole Barn)

10 Business Days

Commercial/Industrial/Institutional

Please call our office for timeframe for these types of permits

 

Online Mapping (Geocortex Essentials)

Link to our online mapping. Use this to assist you in general location of property lines etc.

 
Right of Way Permits (New Homes)

The Building Department collects the application and fee for Right of Way permits for all new homes construction only, for the curb cut and / or finishing of the driveway approach. For existing homes in cases of adding, widening or finishing existing driveways, please call 519-736-3664, or visit the Public Works Department at 512 Sandwich Street S. You can also download the application from our website at Engineering and Public Works.

 

Water Meters (New Homes)

The Building Department collects the application and fee for meters in new home construction only. For all other water services and inquiries please call 519-736-3664, or visit Engineering and Public Works Department at 512 Sandwich Street S or visit our website at Engineering and Public Works.

Other information/forms/fees
Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us during regular office hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Our Office Location & Phone Number

Building Department
Libro Centre, 3295 Meloche Road
Amherstburg, ON, N9V 2Y8    (519)736-5408

 Please note - Minimum 24-48 hours notice is required for inspections 

Ontario Building Code