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5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

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Qualified Designers

As of January 1, 2006, all construction in Ontario is to be designed by a registered and/ or qualified designer who is registered with the Ministry of Housing.  For more information, including exemptions please refer to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing or contact the Building Department.  The members of the Building Department can review your drawings but are not allowed to design for you.  The following is an excerpt from the MMAH website:

 "In general, designers that engage in the following "design activities" are required to meet the qualification/registration requirements under the Building Code:

  • Preparing a design as part of a building permit application
  • Giving information or an opinion concerning whether a building or part of a building complies with the Building Code if the information or opinion is submitted to a Chief Building Official in connection with a building permit application
  • Preparing a written report for submission to the Chief Building Official based on a general review, where a general review is required by the Building Code."