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Making changes to your home

An accessory permit is a permit needed when you are making changes to your home such as installing, constructing or renovating building components, HVAC systems, electrical, plumbing and gas equipment when it is separate from the original construction of the building.

Examples of the type of work that would require an accessory permit and inspection include:

  • Basement
  • Detached garage or shed
  • Deck
  • Additions to existing buildings
  • Renovations to existing buildings (including kitchens)
  • Hot tubs & swimming pools (including above ground pools)
  • Air conditioning units
  • Alteration or addition of any electrical wiring, plumbing or gas piping
  • Fireplaces (solid fuel or gas fired)
  • Furnace replacement
  • Hot water tank replacement (if the size of the tank or the venting is changed from the original)
  • Demolition of an existing building
  • Cross Connection Control (backflow device)

*Please note: The permit list above is not all inclusive. If you are planning to work on your property, adding to or altering any system on a property, please contact Building Inspections to find out if a permit is required.

Apply for an accessory permit

Apply for an accessory permit

Your application will be submitted to and reviewed by our Building Inspections department.

The cost of the required permits is set out in the building inspections permit fees bylaw (pdf).

Request an inspection

When should an inspection be booked?

Inspections are required prior to covering or concealing the work. Framing, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and gas inspections are required same day.

Final inspections for electrical are mandatory and a final inspection for building, HVAC, plumbing and gas may also be required depending on scope of work and at the discretion of the Inspectors.

Book your inspection online