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Buildings, plans, and properties

Question I need information on basement apartments, granny flats and second suites.
Answer A second suite is a self-contained rental unit in a single-detached or semi-detached house. Most second suites are basement apartments. They have also been called granny flats, in-law suites and accessory apartments. The bylaw permits second suites in all single-detached and semi-detached homes throughout the City of Toronto with certain conditions. The Landlord Self Help Centre has Information for homeowners about Toronto's second suites bylaw and how to put one in your home.

Getting started: if you are planning to create a second suite, you or your contractor must contact your district Toronto Building staff as all new second suites require building permits and must meet Ontario Building Code requirements, zoning bylaws and other laws that may apply. For more information please visit our building permit pages.

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Question Do I need a permit to build or renovate a house, deck, garage, shed or driveway?
Answer Most projects will require a visit to your area Toronto Building Customer Service Counter - with plans and drawings. A "Fastrack" system is in place for certain smaller or simpler projects. Find out if you are required to get a building permit for your next project - before you start!

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Question What is Toronto's Official Plan and how do I get a copy?
Answer The City of Toronto has created a new Official Plan - a plan that describes a vision of how the city will change and grow over the next 30 years. The Plan is a long-term policy document, strategic and high level in its approach to future development, but clear in its vision.

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Question I would like to see the plans for a condominium, building or house.
Answer 311 Toronto will direct you to your district Toronto Building office. Please note: plans of older houses may not be available.

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311
Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

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Question Where can I get a survey of my property?
Answer The City of Toronto does not keep surveys of private properties for distribution to the public. Surveys can be obtained from private surveying firms and you can find these companies listed in the Yellow Pages under "Surveyors - Land". For general information on surveying services provided by Ontario Land Surveyors, call 416-491-9020 or 1-800-268-0718 or access their website.

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Question How would I find out if there is an easement or right-of-way on a property?
Answer These details can be found on either the deed of ownership or the survey of property. Visit the Land Registry Office (Ministry of Consumer & Business Services) to locate and view these documents. Please note that a survey may not always be on file.

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Question I am planning to dig on my property; how do I find out if there are any utility services buried underground?
Answer Ontario One Call has a "Call Before you Dig"information line. It's a free service for homeowners and excavators.

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Question Where do I get deeds, discharge a mortgage, and request property ownership searches?
Answer The Ministry of Consumer & Business Services - Land Registry Office looks after these matters. There are fees for their services.

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