Service Description

Building Permit for the stand-alone replacement or alteration of the life-safety systems of a building, such as sprinklers, fire alarms or the installation of electromagnetic locking devices (Maglocks).

Service Outcome

Building Permit

Where other construction work is proposed, alterations to life-safety systems of an existing building may be included in a Building Permit for additions or alterations. Applications for a Fire Security Upgrades Permits are only required where there is no other construction proposed.

All drawings to be done on standard-sized sheets, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.

If drawings were prepared by a qualified designer (as defined under Div. C, Part 3, Section 3.2 of the Ontario Building Code), they must include the designer’s name, registration number, qualification identification number, signature and stamp/statement that the person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.

All drawings, reports, and forms, including the completed Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish, must be provided in a PDF format.

Construction Details and Notes

Provide relevant construction details and notes, as well as any referenced specifications of the proposed alterations.


Where alterations are proposed to the building fire alarm system, an electrical alarm layout for each floor (including symbol legend) is required.

Floor Plans

Sprinkler, maglock and fire alarm system layout for each floor with typical details, and appropriate legend.


Building sections to show floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building heights, where applicable.

Application to Construct or Demolish Form

Building permit application form required for all submissions


Schedule 1: Designer Information Form

Required for all designers, except Engineers and Architects when applying for any Construction Permit. Property Owners, if exempted, from Qualification / Certification, they must fill-in the form to specify the reason for exemption.


Commitment to General Reviews By Architect and Engineer

Required for all buildings where professional design and field review is required by the Ontario Building Code. This Commitment form must be signed by the owner or agent and the professional architect, engineer, or consultant.


Existing Life Safety Systems for Building

Required to summarize information about the building’s life safety system in the building. “The Building Design Information Form” could be used as a substitute.


Please note: not all projects are eligible for email submission. Review the list of eligible applications and detailed email submission process.

To submit an application by email please use the ‘Email’ button on top of the Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish.

 Types Fee (per m², unless otherwise stated)

Effective Jan. 1, 2024

Electromagnetic Locks $42.90 each, maximum $428.96
Emergency Lighting $50.05/storey, maximum $500.44
Fire Alarms $71.49/storey, maximum $714.90
Fire doors (retrofit) $28.61 each, maximum $428.96
Sprinklers $0.56
Standpipes (retrofit) $50.05 each, maximum $500.44


The permit fees shown above are shown as as Service Index per square metre of proposed work, unless otherwise specified. For full details of permit fee calculation and a complete list of fee rates, please see the Building Permit Fees page.

Protect Your Privacy

Please DO NOT include any personal information on your Building Plans (e.g., the homeowner’s name or phone number). Building Plans submitted for Permit are subject to disclosure in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).