Last Updated: April 4, 2020 at 12:51 p.m.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto Building will be accepting occupancy permit applications for large unfinished buildings regulated under Part 3 of the Building Code, and for housing and small buildings regulated under Part 9 of the Building Code.
Please note that the Toronto Building Inspection Request web application is not enabled at this time. Please follow the directions below to request an inspection.
(Division C, Part 1, Article 126.96.36.199. of the Building Code)
Before any part of an unfinished building can be occupied, the structure must meet the standards set out in Division C, Part 1, Subsection 1.3.3. of the Building Code. (Large residential buildings that meet the provisions of Division C, Part 1, Article 188.8.131.52. of the Building Code are exempt from this requirement.)
The owner or owner’s agent must complete an Authority to Occupy application.
An Authority to Occupy application is a request for a permit to allow a portion of an unfinished Part 3 building to be occupied. A separate occupancy permit is required for each stage of occupancy.
When completing the Authority to Occupy application, the “project information” section must include the area or part of the building that is to be inspected for occupancy, floor(s), unit or suite numbers and the building permit number for the project.
Submit the Authority to Occupy application by email directly to the Customer Service Manager in the applicable district. The contacts for Customer Service Managers are as follows:
Submit Payment Online. The fee is $428.95 for each occupancy permit application. (The occupancy permit fee covers the first five hours of inspection time (building, plumbing and HVAC inspection). Additional time will be charged at the rate of $85.79 an hour.)
Toronto Building staff will review your Authority to Occupy application to determine if it is complete and meets all of the requirements. Once the application is considered complete, the Building Inspector(s) will review the application and project file to ensure that they have all necessary documentation. This includes, but is not limited to, reports from professionals of record for your project (architects/engineers) indicating their satisfaction with work relating to areas of the building to be occupied.
Once the documentation has been reviewed and found to be compliant with the requirements, the Building Inspector will contact the applicant and advise as to the date and time that the occupancy inspection will take place. The applicant will be asked if there are any COVID-19-related concerns on site of which the inspector should be made aware (e.g. confirmed COVID-19 cases).
Further information on “Partial Occupancy of an Unfinished Building and the Authority to Occupy” process for large buildings may be found on the Partial Occupancy of an Unfinished Building – Authority to Occupy web page.
(Division C, Part 1, Article 184.108.40.206. of the Building Code)
Before requesting an occupancy inspection, ensure that all prior stages of inspection have been completed and passed by Toronto Building.
Submit a request for an occupancy inspection by email to the applicable district using the contacts listed below:
When submitting a request for an occupancy inspection, include in the email the following information:
When the Building Inspector has verified that all of the necessary documents have been received as required under the Building Code and issued building permit (e.g. Grading Certificate, if applicable), you will be contacted to make arrangements for the inspection.
Further information on the inspection process for small buildings and housing may be found on the When to Call for Inspection of Small Buildings web page.
Pre-screening Site Inspection Protocol
Based on recommendations from the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, 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, I would like to ask you a few questions since City staff may be required to enter your construction site. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the City is required to take all precautions to protect its employees.”
Please answer the following questions:
During pre-screening, if the individual answers “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.