Do I require a permit for the renovation?

Do I require a permit for the renovation?

Depending on the scale of your project and what structural impact the renovation will have on the building, you may need permits. Our specialized project managers will discuss your project in detail and would advise you if you do need permits. 

To obtain a building permit, a homeowner must submit an application to the district office where the home is located requesting necessary permits. Depending on the type and the size of renovation there will be fees required to pay before processing the building permit. Once the prerequisites have been met, The Toronto building staff will review your plans in order to make sure they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning by-laws, as well as other applicable regulations.

How to monitor Building Permit Application online?

The building application process can be monitored online from the city’s website. Building permits are valid for the duration of the ongoing construction. However, if the work hasn’t started yet or has stopped, the permit is valid for up to six months and a building inspector can provide an extension to your permit.

Apart from the building permit — which is formal permission from your municipality to begin construction, demolition, addition, or renovation — there are other special types of permits you might need: heating permits, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) permits, plumbing permits, demolition permits, sign permits, or sign variance permits.

In Ontario, you need a permit for the following renovations:

  • Constructing accessory buildings with an area of more than 10 square metres, or an addition to an existing building
  • Constructing attached or detached garages
  • Structural alterations
  • Excavating, repairing or underpinning a foundation
  • Heating ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, or electrical work
  • Constructing one or more new separate dwelling units within a building
  • Finishing previously unfinished spaces within a building
  • Adding new entrances or windows, changing the size of entrances or windows, or closing entrances or windows
  • Constructing chimneys or fireplaces
  • Installing swimming pool enclosures, constructing detached decks more than 60.96 centimetres above ground, or building any deck attached to a building
  • Demolishing or relocating all or part of a building

On the other hand, you won’t need a permit for these renovations:

  • Replacing stucco, siding, or shingles with the same material
  • Replacing doors or windows without altering the opening,
  • Constructing fences (except pool enclosure fences)
  • Patching, painting and decorating
  • Installing cabinets or shelves

If you need help to apply for building permit, we work with professional engineers whom can help to get the necessary documents together for the application.

Additional Home Addition Costs: Permits and Plans

Additional Home Addition Costs: Permits and Plans

When you start thinking about getting a home addition done, you’ll need to check with your city what kind of addition you’re allowed to have, what dimensions are permitted, whether siding options are imposed or not, and more.

In fact, there are urban planning rules that specifically regulate home additions. Many municipalities even require you to get your plans done and officially signed by an architect or technologist before even handing you over the permit.

Depending on where you live, the cost of a permit can vary depending on the kind of home addition you plan on getting done. On average, a permit is about $2000. As for plans, depending on how complex they are, their cost can vary between $4,000 and $10,500 if they’re done by a technologist. It’s fairly easy to find permit request information online for most cities: TorontoMississaugaVaughanMarkham. Some of them offer online application forms while others require you to show up at the urban planning office with your plans and home’s deed in hand. 

Live in Toronto? Check out our Home Addition Services to learn the entire process – including the cost of each party involved! We provide home addition to our Toronto Neighbourhoods including (But not limited) to following:

Davisville Village | Leaside | Summerhill | Rosedale | York Mills | Lawrence Park | Lytton Park | St. Clair West Village | Forest Hill

The Cost of Adding a Basement

The Cost of Adding a Basement

Adding a basement to your home is no simple feat. This option is rather pricey, as there are a lot of costly steps involved. House lifting costs roughly between $16,000 and $20,000, then the foundation can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000, and finally, you’ll need to add the cost of finishing your basement which is roughly $55 per square foot – all depending on whether or not you’re to include a bathroom, kitchen, etc.

The overall cost of adding a basement can vary greatly. It can be as low as $30,000 but easily go above $150,000. Of course, if you already have a basement and are looking to expand it or have a crawlspace, costs will vary as underpinning processes will take place. Reviewing our basement renovation services can help you to understand the process.

It’s also important to note that not all houses are ideal for this kind of addition. Homes with wooden structures and lightweight exterior siding are much easier to work with compared to homes covered in masonry. Sometimes, homeowners decide to get a basement put in to create a rental apartment.

In such a case, an areaway (i.e. a separate entrance) needs to be included as well as plumbing, electrical, and more. For this kind of project, there are many rules and regulations to follow according to your region’s Building Code. It’s not as simple as finishing your basement. However, adding a rental space is sure to increase your building’s resale value.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to check with your city if such a project is feasible, that’s why we provide an engineer on-site consultation. The session will allow you to discuss your desire goals and alteration with professional engineers and know if it is feasible in your neighbourhood. Our Building Permit Services can save you a lot of time and money.

The Cost of Adding a Second Storey

The Cost of Adding a Second Storey

A turnkey storey addition can cost anywhere between $145 and $210 per square foot. This is one of the most popular home addition options for many reasons.

Firstly, you can expand your living space without taking up more space on your property. It also increases your home’s resale value significantly. Though, like any other home addition, you’ll need to check the rules and regulations by the City of Toronto. Usually, the work should take between 2-4 months. Read more about our home addition services.

In most cases, it is better to add an addition to your current home rather than purchasing a new property. Since the cost related to addiction can be much lower and also you can keep enjoying same neighbourhood.