You might wonder how much would a building permit costs you as a homeowner. For every permit application, you must submit a full application to the City of Toronto. The most application requires drawing and professional engineer stamp to verify the accuracy and responsibility. We do provide building permit applications for our customers, however, if you wonder how much would city charge you for the application, following is the formula they use. (following information has been collected from the website of City of Toronto, please review their site to confirm updated information).
Permit fees shall be calculated based on the formula given below unless otherwise specified in this schedule: A minimum fee of $198.59 (2020) shall be charged for all work. An hourly fee of $85.79 (2020) shall be charged for examination and inspection activities.
Fee Calculation Formula:
Permit fee = SI x A
SI = Service Index for classification of proposed work
A = Floor area in m2 of work involved in work involved
According to the City of Toronto’s website, a homeowner can make payment for their building permits via a variety of methods. Building Permit Fees may be paid by cash, cheque, debit card, Visa or MasterCard.
Payment by Visa, MasterCard or Amex is limited to a maximum of $20,000.00. Any balance of payment may be paid by cash, cheque, or debit card
Payment by personal or company cheque that is less than $2,000.00 must be certified.
Payment of any applicable Parkland Dedication, Development Charges, Educational Development Charges, or Planning Benefits, including other development-related fees, must be made in person and paid by certified cheque only.
All cheques are to be made payable to: “The Treasurer – City of Toronto.”
No permit will be issued until all fees are paid. However, for projects with fees greater than $20,000, a partial permit for excavation and shoring may be issued if the required deposit is made on the building permit fee.
Yes, you can renovate and remodel your condo unit. You can update almost everything in your unit as long as it is not going to impact the structure of the building. However, all condo board requires you as the owner to run your renovation plans and layout with them as a proposal. Every condo has its own rules and regulations, so it is critical to ask the management office about their policy before starting any renovation project.
In most cases, you need an action plan for your renovation before start renovating your condo unit. Here is the break down of the steps that you need to go through at a glance:
Filling the renovation application with your condo management office and providing them with required documents including:
Create 2D and 3D design for the remodelling project
List of all trades including their licenses and insurances
Timeline and the amount of noise that is going to be produced
Samples of material that you are going to use for some of the items, such as sound insulation underlay for the flooring
Booking the elevator, loading area and garbage bin for any construction garbage
Cleaning all common areas after the everyday process and also prevent any damage to the elevator and other common areas.
Providing passed inspection documents for plumbing, electrical and others.
Through the application process, you might need to alter the documents and provide an explanation of your intentions as questions might arise from condo board members. Don’t forget the goal of the above process is to keep all owners safe and happy through your renovation process which is very important. Maserat Developments is a licensed and insured renovation company in Toronto, and you can contact us today to request a free quote and consultation.
It is understandable to change your own unit layout and design since you own the property. However, It is important to follow the condo board’s rules and policies before starting any condo renovation project. Each building has different regulations to prevent damage to other unit owners. We have listed 10 top steps before initiating your project.
1) Have a Clear Idea of the Rules
All condo building has its own rules and policy, you can find them by simply contacting your building management office and ask for their policy booklet.
2) Know what you are renovating and the limits
It is critical to know what you are renovating and what impact it will have on units around you. Usually, you are required to provide action and layout plan to the management office. Then the management will run it by the board to get approval. You are limited to how much change you can do to your unit, and it is usually within the wall of your unit not passing the Concrete ceiling and floor. (You have to double-check this with the condo management office.)
3) Don’t Move Around Your Fixtures
Most of the plumbing and electrical wires go through concrete walls, hence there is a limited you can do in terms of moving fixtures. Having that in mind plan for your renovation with the limitation in mind.
4) Don’t Shy Away from Painting
Most older condo units include popcorn ceiling, which in most cases makes the unit seems outdated and frankly ugly. The popcorn ceiling is removable and We will discuss it in detail in our future blog posts. Also, don’t shy away from painting as you can paint your unit professionally with any colour as you wish.
5) Choose to Stay Somewhere Else During the Renovation
If your bathroom is going through a renovation or maybe you are going to have painting, due to the health issues; Depending on your renovation’s scale, you might need to find an alternative place to stay for a while until the renovation has been completed.
While condominium corporations limits the alteration to unit’s bathroom, there is still so much can be done to make it stands out. Most of the units comes with Bath Tub which looks pretty old school.
To renovation your condo’s bathroom we suggest to replace your current tub and replace it more modern looking item or transfer it to completely new look and function of stand shower. For our current condo renovation project at Old York Mills rd, we have already removed the bath tub, tiles, toilet and the vanity. We are going to post before and after photos very soon, but in meantime wanted to share the current stage we are at to give you a glance.
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