Notice: All Toronto Building services have resumed, however, Toronto Building offices are closed.  All inspection services are being provided inspection requests (not including occupied homes) must be booked online through the Request a Building Inspection.

The Ontario Building Code requires permit holders to notify the inspector at several construction stages. These stages are detailed in the literature given with the building permit. The mandatory inspection stages are also listed on the Toronto Building website.

Anyone can request an inspection so long as they have the permit # and the address of the project to be inspected.

For pool enclosure inspections see: Permits - fences - swimming pool enclosures - pool fence - hot tubs - whirlpools

Ultimately, the person who applied for the permit is legally responsible for notifying the Building Inspector when they are ready to have a particular stage of the construction inspected. That stage should be complete. The site must also be safe and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

To request an inspection, contact your district inspection office and use the automated TelePermit system or say "agent" to exit that system and request your inspection by speaking to or leaving a message with the district clerical staff. If you get voice mail, please leave your name, address, and permit number, and the type of inspection you are requesting. He/she will call you back in the next 24-48 hrs to schedule an appointment for the inspection. Inspections will take place within 48 hours starting on the day following your call.

For current fees, visit the Toronto Building Fee Schedule found on the Toronto Building website

In some circumstances after-hours inspections can be carried out. An additional hourly rate will apply.

Building inspections help ensure that the project complies with the permit plans and the Ontario Building Code. They are conducted when requested by the permit holder at several key stages of the construction project.

Failing a building inspection
You need to correct the deficiencies the inspector advised you of and then contact the inspector to arrange for a follow up inspection.

Toronto Building investigates complaints about construction which requires a permit under the Ontario Building Code Act. Examples that require a building permit are buildings (including sheds, decks carports) larger than 10 square metres on private property. To make a complaint by phone, email or in person, refer to the appropriate inspection office for your district.

If you disagree with something the inspector is asking you to do, you can contact the Inspection Manager. He/she will evaluate the circumstances and determine your options. There are also appeal options available under the Ontario Building Code Act.

For information on Inspection Stages, visit the Toronto Building website