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Building Services

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Prior to submitting any applications, the Building Department suggests scheduling an appointment with the Town's Chief Building Official, Shawn Merriman. The CBO can assist in the application process and can confirm which information, drawings, and plans are needed to complete the application and if the project meets the Town's building and zoning requirements. 

Staff MemberPositionPhone Number
Shawn Merriman Manager of Building & By-Law Services 613-925-2812 x 6206
Donna Landon Administrative Assistant, Building & By-Law 613-925-2812 x 6200

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 What is a building permit?

A building permit is a document issued by The Town of Prescott Building Department to enforce Ontario's Building Code in our area. A building permit is necessary when you wish to construct, renovate, demolish or change the use of a building. 

 Why do you need to obtain a building permit?

Building permits allow The Town of Prescott to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building permit applications before any work is done, the Town can ensure that buildings comply with:

1) The Building Code, which sets standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health, safety, fire protection, accessibility, and resource conservation.

2) The local zoning by-law and other planning controls on buildings and residences

3) Other applicable legislation, including conservation authority approvals, Heritage approvals, and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act.

When do I need a building permit?

You must obtain a building permit before you:

  1. Construct a new building
  2. Demolish or remove all, or a portion of a building
  3. Excavate or construct a foundation
  4. Construct an addition to an existing building, such as second or third story additions, attached garages, carports, sunrooms, solariums, porches, decks
  5. Make structural or material alterations, such as adding or removing walls (i.e., changing room sizes and/or uses), new windows or doors where there were none before, enlarging or relocating existing windows or doors, moving or updating plumbing and/or electrical (i.e. kitchen/bathroom renovation)
  6. Construct an accessory structure larger than 10 square metres* (108 square feet) in area, such as a detached garage, workshop, garden shed, carport, pool house or cabana
  7. Install or reconstruct a chimney or fireplace
  8. Install a pool and/or fence
  9. Change a building's use (i.e. from residential to office or single dwelling unit house to multi-dwelling unit house). Even if no construction is proposed, if a change of use is proposed a building permit is required

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