Last updated: April 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

These are construction site procedures for inspections, other than in occupied homes and occupancy inspections.

Before the Building Inspector conducts their inspection, they will inquire if there have been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the property to be inspected.

  • If there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Building Inspector will inform the applicant that the inspection cannot take place at this time due to health and safety concerns.
  • If the applicant states that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Building Inspector will conduct the inspection.
    • It will be the additional responsibility of the applicant to provide assurance that the person who will accompany the Building Inspector is not currently required to be self-isolated due to COVID-19.

For the health and safety of everyone: contractors, sub trades others cannot be working in the area to be inspected at the time the Building Inspector and the applicant’s representative are conducting the inspection.

  • For residential projects, an inspection cannot take place where a suite, unit or house is occupied.
  • Only one representative is permitted to join the Building Inspector during the inspection.
  • For health and safety reasons, a “Pre-screening Site Inspection Protocol (link to copy below)” will be undertaken by the Building Inspector with the applicant’s site representative at the time of the inspection.
  • At all times, the Building Inspector shall maintain a minimum two-metre separation from the applicant’s site representative.

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 and protect residents and staff of Toronto, I would like to ask you two questions.

Please answer yes or no:

  1. Do you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  2. Have you traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?
  • If the answer is “Yes” to any of the questions, the Building Inspector will inform the applicant’s site representative that the scheduled inspection cannot occur at this time. The reason for the inspection refusal will be documented by the Building Inspector.
  • If the individual answers “No” to all of the questions, the Building Inspector may proceed with the scheduled inspection.

Site rules and requirements:

  • A minimum two-metre separation between the Building Inspector and applicant’s site representative shall be maintained at all times.
  • No more than three people, including the elevator operator where applicable, shall utilize 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.
  • Where the inspection is not passed by the Building Inspector, the deficiencies will be identified and communicated to the applicant for follow-up and correction.
  • Once the deficiencies are corrected, the applicant may re-book an inspection.