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Building permit cost and time frames

Find out how much it will cost to get your building permit and how long it might take.

How much a building permit costs

The total fees depend on the property type, proposed work, size and complexity of your building or renovation project. The exact cost of your permit will be calculated once we receive and review your application.

For a residential property, a permit will cost a minimum of $160. Permits for non-residential properties will cost a minimum of $268.

You will need to pay a $20 administrative fee when you submit your request online. This non-refundable deposit will be credited towards the total cost of your permit.

Fees for different types of projects are outlined in the Building Permit Fee Schedule.

How long it takes to get a permit

The average time for processing and issuing a permit are indicated below. Processing times may vary if applications are incomplete, and we need to contact you to request the required information.

  • New residential (detached, semi) – 13 weeks
  • Residential alteration (detached, semi) – 7 weeks
  • Second unit – 10 weeks
  • New non-residential – 12 weeks
  • Non-residential alteration – 9 weeks
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