The Building Department is responsible for administering permit applications and issuance, conducting inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and the Town of Cobourg's Comprehensive Zoning By-law, as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction and plumbing are consistent throughout the Province. Through plans review and site inspections, staff ensure that the design and construction of new structures comply with the Ontario Building Code. In addition, the Building Department is also responsible for the inspection of properties and administration of directives as set out through the Property Standards By-law and Clearing of Lands By-law.
Building Permits regulate the type of construction allowed in our community and ensure that building standards are met. The objective of a building permit is to protect the homeowner as well as the community by ensuring that any structural change is safe, legal, and sound.
Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of an addition or alteration of any structure which results in a building area over 10m² (108 square feet).
Projects that require a building permit include:
For a building permit application form, please click here.