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    Oakville By-Laws and Building Permits

    Ever wonder if you need a permit for the work you keep meaning to do around the house?  Looking to erect a fence, deck or remove a tree from your property?  One of the greatest things about my job is seeing other people create the homes of their dreams.  If you are ready to take on a new project, you first need to be aware of the permit requirements in your area.

     Below is a list of projects that currently require a building permit in Oakville:

    • Erecting, installing, extending, altering or repairing any building that occupies an area greater than 10 square metres (107 square feet)
    • Construction of a new home
    • Addition of a carport, garage or room(s) to an existing home
    • Construction or finishing of rooms in a basement or attic
    • Structural work including alterations to interior partitions or the installation of new skylights, windows or doors
    • Addition of dormer(s)
    • Enclosing a porch or deck
    • Addition of a deck to an existing home if it will be over 2 feet above the adjacent perimeter grade or if it is to be attached to the house
    • Raising a house to provide a full basement
    • Excavating a crawl space to construct a full basement
    • Constructing or installing accessory buildings such as a garage, tool shed, or playhouse larger than 10 square metres (107 square feet); structures smaller than  and external equipment are subject to setback regulations under the zoning by-law. Please check with the Building Services department.
    • Wood-burning fireplaces and any changes to furnace ductwork
    • Construction of any size building with plumbing
    • Converting a garage space into a living space
    • Constructing basement walkouts

    In order to receive a permit, you must first compy with the applicable Town of Oakville planning by-laws. If for some reason the work you are interested in completing is outside of an applicable by-law, don't panic.  In these cases, owners can apply for a minor variance to the Town of Oakville's Committee of Adjustment. 

    For more information on Planning and Permit regulations and requirements, visit the Town of Oakville's website at http://www.oakville.ca/bldgservices.htm.

    Here are some other useful links:

    Pool Enclosure By-Laws: http://www.oakville.ca/poolbylaw.htm

    Information on Tree Removal Requirements: http://www.oakville.ca/treeprotection.htm

    Fence By-laws: http://www.oakville.ca/Media_Files/by-laws/FencePrivacyScreen_2002-034.pdf

    If any work you complete affects a municipally owned tree on your property, you also need to be aware of Oakville's Tree Protection Procedure.  Details can be found here: http://www.oakville.ca/EN-TRE-001-001.htm

    If you are still in doubt about whether or not you need a permit, you can contact Oakville's Building Services department directly at 905-845-6601, ext. 3187, 3178, 3186 or 3362. To ensure compliance with the town's Zoning By-law, please call 905-845-6601, ext. 3036, 3174 or 3361.

    If you are ready to make your Oakville dream home a reality, I would love to hear from you.  I can be reached at lindsay@remaxaboutowne.com or 905.484.5162.

    Regards,

    Lindsay

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