Last updated: March 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Call 311 in the event of an emergency related to an unsafe building.
Following are the procedures during the COVID-19 service disruption period.
Construction with Issued Permit
All progress inspections by City of Toronto staff are currently on hold. However, if a building permit has been issued (and not revoked), construction or demolition can proceed in accordance with the permit, provided the owner/agent submits a progress report at each mandatory inspection stage.
About the Progress Reports
Who can Submit
The report must come from the qualified professional responsible for the design:
- For Part 9 buildings this means a qualified professional
- Where the plans were prepared by an Architect or Professional Engineer, the progress reports must be prepared by these qualified professionals
How to Submit
How to submit the progress report:
- All reports are to be submitted, PDF format, to the City of Toronto District Inspection office by email:
- The Inspectors name and telephone number can be found in the permit package that was issued
When to Submit
When to submit the progress report:
- The reports must be submitted at each mandatory inspection stage, prior to commencing the next stage of construction.
- Mandatory inspection stages are:
Details to be included in the progress report: The report must demonstrate, with supporting documentation (photographs, site visit notes, videos etc.), that the construction was carried out in accordance with the approved drawings and the requirements of the Ontario Building Code.
Photos & Video
Photos and video must be:
- Of a quality that allows the Chief Building Official to effectively review the work being shown.
- Accompanied by a statement from the person who took photos or videos that:
- Provides the: date, time, location of each photo or video
- Includes a brief description of what is on each photo or video
- The following signed statement:
I [insert name, title, professional designation etc.] confirm that I am responsible for capturing these photos/videos and they are a fair and accurate depiction of the construction and/or demolition at the time it was ready for the relevant inspection stage.
Reviewing of the report by City Inspectors
- The report will be reviewed by the Inspector within two weeks of receipt and the owner/agent will be contacted with the results of the review.
- Should the Inspector find the documentation to be unsatisfactory, the Inspector will deem that stage of construction is not passed. The owner/agent will be informed that the stage is not passed and will be advised what further information and/or clarity is required to pass. If the owner/agent does not abide, then enforcement action, such as issuing an Order to Comply, will be undertaken.
- If deficiencies are identified by the qualified professional, they must be corrected and a follow up report must be prepared by the qualified professional and submitted to Inspector to confirm that the deficiencies have been rectified.
- Continuing to construct or demolish beyond the stage(s) of a mandatory inspection will be done at your own risk and peril
- Ultimately all mandatory stages of inspection will have to be passed when City operations normalize
Construction and Demolition Without a Permit
Construction and demolition without a Building Permit is not allowed under any circumstance under the The Building Code Act, 1992.
If construction or demolition proceeds without a Building Permit, Toronto Building will take appropriate enforcement action. This may include any or all of the following:
- An order to stop work
- An order to remove the construction
- Requirement to provide reports from qualified professionals certifying that the construction complies with the Ontario Building Code and any other applicable law
- A directive to apply for and obtain a permit immediately following the completion of the City’s COVID 19 response
Service levels and procedures are evolving.
We are actively evaluating our needs and capability to safely allow for the following activities:
- Providing occupancy inspections
- Issuing building permits for critical projects that were received prior to March 16 that are ready to issue
- Issuing critical building permits to allow construction to continue to the next phase of work
Please check back regularly for updates.