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Welcome to Essa Township

Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

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

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Projects NOT Requiring Building Permits

  • Painting and decorating
  • Landscaping (with the exception of retaining walls over 1 metre)
  • Eaves troughs
  • Small sheds under 108 square feet​
  • Kitchen and bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • Free-standing satellite dishes less than 5 metres squared
  • Uncovered decks not attached to a building under 600 mm in height from ground level that do not contain guards (considered landscaping)
  • Roofing materials
  • Exterior wall cladding (except zero lot lines and veneer requiring structural stability)
  • Storm windows and storm doors
  • Masonry repair (non structural)
  • Caulking
  • Pergola (no snow load​)

Please note that although a building permit may not be required, this does not exempt you from the requirements of the Zoning By-law.  Before constructing any structure, check that the use is allowed and that it meets the required setbacks and lot coverage.