Building Permits

All building permit applications are being accepted online only.  Submit your completed Building Permit package by following the steps laid out on this page.

A Building Permit is your permission from the Town of Caledon to begin the construction and/or demolition on your property.  Part of the Building Permit process includes the review of your plans for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, Zoning by-laws and Applicable Law.

Do I need a building permit?

For most construction projects, the answer is yes.

The Ontario Building Code Act states that a building permit is required for the construction, addition, alteration or demolition of any building or structure.  Below you will find a list of common projects that do or do not require a building permit.

  • Please note, the building owner is fully responsible for complying with all building permit requirements as laid out in the Ontario Building Code. Failure to obtain building permits will cause delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.
Projects that require a building permit

Please note that before the start of any new project approval/clearance from the zoning department is required.

  • Construction of a new building
  • Construction of an addition to an existing building, such as
    • second or third story
    • attached garages, carports
    • sunrooms
    • porches
    • decks (only if the deck is higher than 24" off the ground at any point)
  • Structural or material alteration to an existing building, such as
    • addition or removal of structural walls
    • enlarging or relocation of existing windows or doors
  • Construction a shed with an area of 15 square meters (161 square feet) or more.
    • Please note, sheds under 15 square meters do not require a building permit.  Please see "Projects that do not require a building permit" for exceptions to this rule.
  • Construction an accessory structure larger than 10 square meters (107 square feet) in area, such as
    • Storage Containers (Sea Can)
    • Detached Garage, workshop
    • Carport
    • Pool house, cabana, gazebo
      • Please note, any accessory structure (regardless of its size) attached to an existing structure is considered an addition and a building permit is required. 
  • Finished basements only if the work includes,
    • structural alterations
    • installation or modification of heating and/or plumbing systems
    • basement underpinning
    • construction of a basement entrance 
  • Construction of a basement apartment
  • Installation of a roof mounted solar hot water systems
  • Construction of a retaining wall more than one meter (3 feet 3 inches) in height provided the retaining wall is on or adjacent to public property (including streets), building entrances, and on private property accessible to the public
  • Construction of a temporary tent that
      •  Covers 60 meters squared (646 square feet) as a single tent or a group of tents; and/or
      • is attached to a building; and/or
      • is within 3 meters (9 feet 10 inches) from another structure.
  • Demolition or removal of a building or a portion of a building
  • Installation or modification of heating or plumbing systems
  • Installation of a backflow prevention device
  • Any work that changes the occupancy nature of a building’s use (i.e. from residential to office or single dwelling unit house to multi-dwelling unit house)
    • Please note, even if no construction is proposed a building permit is required
  • Installation or modification of a septic system
  • Construction/installation of a ground or wall sign that's larger than 0.55 square meters (5.9 square feet)
Projects that do not require a building permit

Please note that before the start of any new project approval/clearance from the zoning department is required.

  • A deck with a finished level of not more than 60 cm (24 inches) above finished grade at any point
  • Re-cladding of a house or small building (3 stories or less) with non-combustible material other than brick or stone veneer
  • Adding or replacing insulation
  • The replacement of windows or doors as long as:
    • the location remains the same; and
    • the opening width remains the same
  • Replacing a furnace or boiler in a house
  • The installation of an air conditioning unit, gas fireplaces, air cleaners, in-line humidifiers, or hot water tanks in a house (for all other building types a permit is required)
  • Repairing and/or replacing plumbing fixtures 
  • Finished basements in a house, only if:
    • the work does not include structural alterations;
    • no additional dwelling unit(s) is (are) created; and
    • there is no new plumbing added
  • Waterproofing repairs to a basement
  • Construction of a retaining wall that is on private property and not accessible to the public
  • A shed does not require a building permit as long as:
    • is not more than 15 square meters in building area,
    • is not more than one story in building height,
    • is not attached to a building or any other structure,
    • is used only for storage purposes ancillary to a principal building on the lot, and
    • does not have plumbing.

Building Permit Application Guides

The guides listed below list the required drawings, forms and fees required for submitting a building permit with the Town of Caledon.

Building Permit General Information

  • All drawings are to be drawn on standard sized paper, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.
  • Drawings prepared by qualified designers (as defined under Div. C, Part 3, Section 3.2 of the Ontario Building Code) must include the designer's name, BCIN (Building code identification number), signature and designer declaration.

All documents being submitted (drawings, reports and forms) must be submitted in PDF format.  Please "Electronic Submission Guidelines" below for more detailed instructions.


 

Please note that building permit drawings are vital documents in the permit process, providing crucial information for the Town of Caledon to review and approve your project. While hand-drawn illustrations may have been acceptable in the past, Town of Caledon and industry standards now require a higher level of precision and clarity before drawings can be submitted.  Please review our sample drawings package before submitting.

Download Sample Drawings Package

Residential Project Guides

New House

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Roof Plan - provide existing/proposed roof layout showing construction and ventilation.  Where engineered roof trusses are proposed, an engineered sealed design will be required.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law


Note:

The development or re-development of a lot in the Town of Caledon may be subject to the following:

Residential Addition

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Roof Plan - provide existing/proposed roof layout showing construction and ventilation.  Where engineered roof trusses are proposed, an engineered sealed design will be required
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Interior Alteration

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framin
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Accessory Apartment, Garden Suite

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Dimensioned parking areas, driveways, hard and soft landscapes.
    • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA) and lot coverage.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces, including the location of smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2022 Fees By-Law

Residential Demolition

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines with overall dimensions
    • Existing structures to remain and structures to be demolished

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Certified Model & Repeat Program (For Builders & Developers only)
 

What is a Certified Model?

 A Certified Model is a unique building design for a single family detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse (excluding stacked townhouses) that has been reviewed and pre-approved by the Building Services Division for compliance with Division B of the Building Code.

Note:
A Certified Model is not a Building Permit; therefore an approved building permit is required prior to any construction taking place.

How does the process work?

For single family detached, semi-detached or townhouse (excluding stacked townhouses), the Building Services Division will accept and process Certified Model applications independently of other approvals (For example: Execution of Site Plan Approval/Subdivision Agreement, Engineering site grading approval etc.).  A complete building permit application on a house cannot be accepted unless those other approvals are in place and approved. 

Builders who have approved Certified Models from the Town of Caledon, can choose to use their models throughout the municipality on any lot that the Builder has decided to build upon.

What is required to enroll in the Certified Model program?


Required Drawings

  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Roof Plan - provide existing/proposed roof layout showing construction and ventilation.  Where engineered roof trusses are proposed, an engineered sealed design will be required.
  • Block Plan - Plans showing the location and construction of the party wall and firewall, along with specifications and details (for semi-detached and townhouses).
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law


Notes:

  • A Certified Model is granted approval based on the current Ontario Building Code requirements at the time of approval.  The Builder is responsible to submit re-certification of models when there are changes to the Ontario Building Code regulations that may impact the actual repeat house under the new regulation at the time of Repeat Building Permit application.
  • In the case where a purchaser has requested upgrades outside of options that were reviewed to the Certified Model, it will be considered a “Lot Specific” Building Permit Application and not considered a Revision to the Certified Model.
  • To allow for sufficient time to resolve technical Ontario Building Code deficiencies from the review of Certified Model designs, builders are requested to apply for Certified Models approximately 3-6 months prior to using of Certified Model for a Repeat Building Permit Application.
  • It is the Builder’s responsibility to have Certified Model drawings readily available for Building Inspector’s reference on the construction site.

Repeat Building Permit Applications

A Repeat Building Permit Application is uniquely issued to Builders that have pre-approved Certified Models that have been reviewed by the Building Services Division.

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Dimensioned parking areas, driveways, hard and soft landscapes.
    • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA) and lot coverage.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Notes:

  •  A Repeat Building Permit Application will not be accepted until the subdivision in which the dwelling is being built upon has been legally registered.

Small Residential Projects

Shed

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Construction Plans - Floor plans, elevations, sections, construction details of the structure including details of the concrete floor slab.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Garages and Carports

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Construction Plans - Floor plans, elevations, sections, construction details of the structure including details of the concrete floor slab.
  • Construction Details - including information of foundation, guard construction and stairs
  • Mechanical Design (if applicable) - only if garage/carport is heated provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical system. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Decks and Porches

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Construction Plans - Floor plans, elevations, sections, construction details of the structure including details of the concrete floor slab.
  • Construction Details - including information of footings, guard construction and stairs

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Basement entrances (walk-up/walk-out)

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Construction Plans - Foundation plans, floor plans, sections and cross sections.
  • Construction Details - including information of footings, guard construction and stairs

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Pool-house, Cabana and Gazebos

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Construction Plans - Floor plans, elevations, sections, construction details of the structure including details of the concrete floor slab.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Septic Only

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Proposed location of septic bed and tank with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
  • Septic Design - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Other Buildings Project Guides

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Assembly Buildings

New Building

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and/or proposed zoning provisions.
    • Indicate fire route, fire department connections and fire hydrants.
    • All parking/loading spaces including barrier free information such as designated accessible parking spaces and access ramps.
  • Grading Plan - provide existing and proposed grades including all proposed finished floor elevations of all floor levels.
  • Architectural/Structural Plans - fully dimensioned floor plans for each level indicating existing and proposed use of all spaces, including all plumbing fixtures, reflected ceiling and all associated details.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Roof Plan - provide existing/proposed roof layout showing construction, skylights, roof slopes, ventilation and including any requirements for mechanical roof top equipment.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
    • Detail fire separations, stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Sprinkler Design (if applicable) - provide a complete sprinkler design of all appropriate floor levels and include Hydraulic Calculations.
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law


Note:

The development or re-development in the Town of Caledon may be subject to the following:

Addition

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and/or proposed zoning provisions.
    • Indicate fire route, fire department connections and fire hydrants.
    • All parking/loading spaces including barrier free information such as designated accessible parking spaces and access ramps.
  • Grading Plan - provide existing and proposed grades including all proposed finished floor elevations of all floor levels.
  • Architectural/Structural Plans - fully dimensioned floor plans for each level indicating existing and proposed use of all spaces, including all plumbing fixtures, reflected ceiling and all associated details.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Roof Plan - provide existing/proposed roof layout showing construction, skylights, roof slopes, ventilation and including any requirements for mechanical roof top equipment.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
    • Detail fire separations, stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Sprinkler Design (if applicable) - provide a complete sprinkler design of all appropriate floor levels and include Hydraulic Calculations.
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law


Note:

The development or re-development in the Town of Caledon may be subject to the following:

Interior Alteration

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and/or proposed zoning provisions.
    • Indicate fire route, fire department connections and fire hydrants.
    • All parking/loading spaces including barrier free information such as designated accessible parking spaces and access ramps.
  • Architectural/Structural Plans - fully dimensioned floor plans for each level indicating existing and proposed use of all spaces, including all plumbing fixtures, reflected ceiling and all associated details.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
    • Detail fire separations, stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Sprinkler Design (if applicable) - provide a complete sprinkler design of all appropriate floor levels and include Hydraulic Calculations.
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law
Tenant Fit-Out

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and/or proposed zoning provisions.
    • Indicate fire route, fire department connections and fire hydrants.
    • All parking/loading spaces including barrier free information such as designated accessible parking spaces and access ramps.
  • Architectural/Structural Plans - fully dimensioned floor plans for each level indicating existing and proposed use of all spaces, including all plumbing fixtures, reflected ceiling and all associated details.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Sprinkler Design (if applicable) - provide a complete sprinkler design of all appropriate floor levels and include Hydraulic Calculations.
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Agricultural Buildings

New Building

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA) and lot coverage.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Addition

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA) and lot coverage.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Elevations and Sections - showing the following:
    • Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, location & size including height of sills above floor level
    • Identify floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building height above grade.
    • Show existing/proposed building construction and specification of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
    • Provide footing and foundation wall details including stairs, landings, guards and handrails.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Interior Alteration

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines, existing structures, proposed structures  with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions.
    • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA) and lot coverage.
  • Floor Plans - fully dimensioned for each level indicating existing and proposed used of all spaces.  Provide proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing.
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design (if applicable) - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design
  • Septic Design (if applicable) - provide a complete septic system design including the location of the septic bed and tank as well as calculations

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Miscellaneous Project Guides

Residential Pool Enclosure

Required Drawings

Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:

  • All property lines and existing structures
  • Proposed pool and dimensions to property lines and existing structures
  • Location of pool equipment (if being placed within a shed  it may require a separate building permit)
  • Location, height and construction of proposed fence and gates

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law


Note:

Section 5 of the below linked by-law will outline the construction requirements for the Pool Enclosure.

Fence By-Law

Municipal Water Connection
Required Drawings
  • Site Plan - clearly indicating the following:
    • All property lines and existing structures with overall dimensions
    • Clearly indicate location of proposed water line, size, length and type of pipe being used.
    • Identify existing well to be demolished.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Plumbing Only (All Buildings)

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.  
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Mechanical Only (All Buildings)

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.  
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Design - provide the following:
    • Layout of mechanical/plumbing system at each floor level. 
    • Identify type, location and size of equipment being proposed.  
    • Heat loss & heat gain calculations
    • Duct design calculations
    • Mechanical ventilation calculations & design

Required Forms

Fees

Temporary Tents

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.  Clearly indicate the occupant load of the proposed tent/tents.
  • Structural Plans - fully dimensioned plan and elevations of tent with clear connection and staking details.
  • Fire rating certification of proposed tent.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Signs (Wall and Ground)

Required Drawings

  • Site Plan - clearly indicating all property lines, existing structures, proposed structures and the dimensions to property lines and existing structures.
  • Structural Plans - fully dimensioned plan and elevations of sign structure with clear connection and foundation details.  Message of the proposed sign(s) need to be clearly shown on the plans.

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Conditional/Phased Permits

Conditional Permits (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional buildings only)

Criteria

Conditional Permits are permitted under subsection 8(3) of the Building Code Act 1992.  The issuance of a Conditional Permit is strictly within the discretion of the Chief Building Official and may only be considered if the following have been met:

  • An application for a full building permit must already be applied for.
  • Zoning compliance must be achieved.

Types of Conditional Permits

  • Site Servicing
  • Foundation
  • Foundation to Roof
  • Mechanical
  • Superstructure

Required Drawings

  • All drawings pertinent to the type of conditional permit being requested

Required Forms

Fees

2023 Fees By-Law

Phased Permits (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional buildings only)
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Before you Apply

Submit Your Application

To submit your building permit application your documents must be submitted online in digital format only.  Please follow the steps outlined below to begin your application.

Please note: If you need help with the submission of your permit, click on the link for a video tutorial.

Electronic Submissions

Electronic building permit submissions are now accepted for all projects, see "Electronic Permit submission requirements" below before submitting your permit.

 Electronic Submission requirements:
  • All documents and drawings are required to be submitted in PDF format.
  • Files must be unsecured and not password protected.  Drawings submitted that are password protected will delay the processing of your building permit.
  • Drawings should not exceed a page size of ARCH E (36"x48" or 914.4mmx1219.2mm).
  • All forms should be completed and signed electronically.  All Town of Caledon forms are available online in fillable format.
  • Documents being submitted must follow the naming conventions below:
    • "Attachment type" - "Project location address"
      • Example - Permit application package - 1 Healy road

Please note the following when submitting your electronic application:

  • Only one file can be attached in each attachment field
  • Maximum size of all files cannot exceed 30MB (if your attachments exceed this limit, please contact us to discuss alternative options for your submission)
  • Special characters in the file name, such as (&,.%#@!"?/:') will not allow you to complete the submission


 Submit an electronic application

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a complete application is submitted. For assistance, please review the permit guides above applicable to your project or contact us directly prior to submitting your application.

What happens once an application is received?

Once an application has been received, it will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy.  If there are missing items we will contact you directly.  It usually takes 3 to 5 business days to prescreen your permit submission.

Complete Applications

If all required information has been received, staff will contact you to arrange for payment. Once payment is processed, the prescribed review timeframes as mandated by the Ontario Building Code will begin as outlined below:

  • Residential - 10 business days
  • Small Buildings and Accessory Apartments - 15 business days
  • Large Buildings - 20 business days
  • Complex Buildings - 30 business days

Incomplete Applications are not subject to the timelines listed above and will not be processed until all required documents have been submitted.

Resubmissions

There is no guaranteed review time for resubmissions as they are not subject to the legislated timeframes listed above.  Each resubmission could add two or more weeks to your review.

How long does it take to get a permit

The time it takes to get an approved building permit from the Town of Caledon will vary depending on the quality of the submission and how quickly the applicant is to respond to deficiencies.  

Average times for processing and issuing a building permit in business days are:

  • Residential (New, Addition or Alteration) - 29 business days 
  • Small Buildings and Accessory Apartments (New, Addition or Alteration) - 31 business days
  • Large Buildings (New, Addition or Alteration) - 45 business days 

 Please note that the average times listed above are based 2022 calendar year and on complete building permits only with no outstanding internal/external approvals or fees.

Revise, transfer or cancel your building permit

Building Permit Revision 

A building permit revision is granted once a permit has been issued and a change in the scope of work has occurred.

Submit Revision Application

Revisions can be submitted via email to the Town of Caledon building department.  You will need to attach the following documents:

Building Permit Transfer

A building permit transfer is required when a change in ownership has happened while a permit is still active or under review.

Submit Transfer Application

Permit transfers can be submitted via email to the Town of Caledon's building department.  You will need to complete, sign and attach the following document with the new owner information:

Building Permit Cancellation

Cancellations can be submitted via email to the Town of Caledon building department.  In the body of the email please specify the following:

  • Reason for cancelling
  • Permit number (if available)
  • Address of property
  • Permit type

Town of Caledon staff will contact you to confirm cancellation and if a refund is applicable.