Last updated: July 30, 2020 at 3:20 p.m.

Prior to proceeding with a site inspection, the City of Toronto Building Inspector will inquire of the site representative of the contractor/builder/owner if there have been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the property to be inspected.

To ensure reasonable measures are in place for Building Inspectors while carrying out their inspection duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the policy of Toronto Building that inspections will only be carried out where:

  • Any and all occupants of a self-contained unit or suite are not present in the unit or suite at the time of the inspection and have in fact removed themselves from the unit or suite PRIOR to the inspector’s arrival at the site for the inspection OR within a reasonable time upon the inspector’s arrival on site;
  • There is a clear path of travel to a self-contained unit or suite to be inspected wherein the inspector can remain at a clear physical distance of 2 m (metres) or more from other persons on site; and
  • The inspector is accompanied throughout the inspection by no more than a single representative of the contractor/builder/owner who passes all public health pre-screening protocols in advance of the inspection and from whom the inspector shall maintain a clear 2 m physical distance (where there is no single representative who passes the public health pre-screening protocols, the inspector may determine whether the inspection can reasonably be conducted without a representative of the contractor/builder/owner). All other workers shall remove themselves from a self-contained unit or suite to be inspected PRIOR to the inspector’s arrival on site OR within a reasonable time upon the inspector’s arrival on site.

Where any of the above criteria cannot be met, the inspection will not proceed.

Inspection staff will provide the contractor with a two-hour window of the time the site inspection will take place. If for any reason the two-hour window cannot be met as scheduled, the Building Inspector will contact the contractor as soon as possible to provide a revised timeframe.

For inspection requests of occupied spaces, the Inspector will contact the requestor, 15-20 minutes prior to arriving on the site, to ensure the areas to be inspected are not occupied.

Pre-screening Site Inspection Protocol

City staff may be required to enter your construction site and under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the City is required to take all precautions to protect its employees. Based on recommendations from the Toronto Medical Officer of Health and provincial health partners, to help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection in Toronto and protect residents and staff of Toronto against the potential of local spread of the virus, the Inspector will ask the following questions prior to entering the construction site.

  • Are you personally experiencing a high fever and/or any respiratory problems such as coughing or difficulty breathing?
  • Are you in close contact with anyone experiencing a high fever and/or any respiratory problems, such as coughing or difficulty breathing?
  • Are you in close contact with anyone who is a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case?
  • Have you traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

Site Rules and Requirements:

  • A minimum two-metre separation between the Building Inspector and the site representative of the contractor/builder/owner, shall be maintained at all times.
  • No more than two people shall occupy an elevator at any given time.
  • It is the duty of the constructor to ensure that the construction site is clean and clear of debris.
  • Toronto Building staff will not remove debris or other obstacles in order to perform an inspection on the construction site.

Next steps:

  • When the inspection is completed and there is compliance with the Building Code and permit requirements, the Building Inspector will document the inspection results.
  • When the inspection does notpass, the Building Inspector will communicate to the applicant the deficiencies that need to be corrected.
  • Once the deficiencies are corrected, the applicant may make arrangements for a follow up inspection.