An addition to a residential building changes the exterior structure, the footprint, or the height of the structure.

An alteration inside a residential building that changes space within a residence, such as adding or removing walls and installing new windows. Secondary suites and garage suites have their own applications.

Below is a list of steps required to construct an addition or to complete an alteration to a residence.

Step 1: Establish Requirements

Depending on the scope of your project, you will require a variety of permits.

Step 2: Apply for Required Permits

Below are the steps to apply for the required permits. To minimize wait time, we suggest you apply for all permits at the same time.

Step 3: Receive Permits

Below is a list of approximate timelines based on the type of permit. The timeline begins once a complete application package is received.

Type of PermitProcessing TimeNotes
Development PermitUsually within 10 days by emailVariances may extend the processing time
Lot Grading Permit for Residential Properties5 business days by email 
Building Permit2-5 business days by email 
Sub-trade Permits1-2 business days by emailCannot be issued before a building permit (if required)

Step 4: Start Construction

You may begin construction once you have received all required permits. Below is contact information you may need for ground work and utilities.

Locating utility lines prior to disturbing the ground is the owner's responsibility.

Step 5: Inspections

Below you will find details on what inspections are required and how to make your inspection requests.