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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Building Department

The Building Department falls under the authority of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and is part of the Planning and Development Department.  It receives and processes applications for building alterations and renovations, new buildings, pools, signs, and septic systems for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional building(s). Building permit fees are set out in the Building Fees section of the Township of Essa's Fee Schedule.

Usual Costs Associated with Building Permits (reference only)

When do I need a Building Permit?

  •  New Building (residential, commercial, industrial and institutional)
  •  Building alterations and renovations (almost always, including decks)
  •  Pools (deeper than 18 inches)
  •  Fences
  •  Signs (all signs require a permit)
  •  Septic Systems (new and modified)
  • Change in use of a building
  • Second dwelling units
  • Conversion of a garage to living space
  • Relocation of an existing structure
  • New, replacement or repair of septic systems
  • Basement and main floor walkouts
  • New or structural alterations to windows, doors or roofs
  • Retaining walls exceeding 1 m,
  • New gas or wood burning fireplace
  • Floor layouts for commercial/industrial units
  • New fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, suppression systems for hoods
  • Signs as per OBC
  • Tents as per OBC
  • Spray booths
  • Installation of magnetic locking devices
  • Satellite dishes attached to a building
  • Communication towers
  • Pedestrian bridges appurtenant to buildings
  • Crane runways
  • Exterior storage tanks and its supporting structures