Service Description

A building permit for construction for non-residential buildings, such as additions.

Service Outcome

Building Permit

All drawings to be drawn on standardized 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), drawings 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.

Site Plan

  • Site plan showing property lines, lot area (referenced to a current survey)
  • Key plan showing location of existing/proposed construction.
  • Location of all existing/proposed buildings with overall dimensions and setback dimensions to property lines and adjacent buildings.
  • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions.
  • Indicate Fire route, fire department connections and fire hydrants.
  • All parking/loading spaces. Include Barrier Free information such as: curb cuts, designated accessible parking spaces, access ramps and all associated details.

Grading Plan

  • Existing and proposed grades, including sidewalk elevations.
  • Proposed finished floor elevations of all floor levels.

Architectural Plans

  • Dimensioned floor plans for each level showing existing and proposed uses of all spaces, including all plumbing fixtures, reflected ceiling and associated details.
  • Provide existing/proposed construction, interior/exterior wall assemblies, fire separations and structural framing above.

Roof Plan

  • Existing and proposed roof layout showing roof structure, skylights, roof slopes, ventilation and including any screening requirements for mechanical roof top equipment.


  •  Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, locations and sizes including height of sills above floor level.
  •  Provide area of exposed building face, percentage/area of unprotected openings and required limiting distance(s).
  •  Show exterior signage, canopies, decks/landings, stairs, guards/handrails.
  •  Provide overall building height dimension.


  • Cross section(s) to show existing/proposed building construction and specifications of all floor, wall, and roof assemblies.
  • Show floor to floor, floor to ceiling, and overall building heights.
  • Detail fire separations, stairs, landings, guards, and handrails.

Construction Details and Notes

  • Building materials and specifications of all wall, floor and roof assemblies with typical wall section and typical roof detail
  • Provide guard details including connection detail
  • Door and room finish schedules

The St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, each have helipads that provide vital critical and trauma care service to the City of Toronto and surrounding areas. The protection of the flight paths for these helipads from intrusions caused by development is necessary to ensure their continued and effective operation.

On December 5, 2017, pursuant to an agreement entered into under section 5.81 of the Aeronautics Act (Canada), City Council enacted by-law 1432-2017 to regulate the use of lands in the vicinity of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Permit applications in the hospital heliport flightpath areas must meet additional submission requirements to demonstrate compliance with by-law 1432-2017.

Related Non-Residential HVAC Permit

If your project includes HVAC elements please review the Non-Residential Mechanical (HVAC) Guide for additional requirement

Related Non-Residential Plumbing and Drain Permits

If your project includes plumbing elements please review the related non-residential plumbing permit guide for additional requirement.

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.


Tree Declaration Form

Required for all projects where there is a potential for damage to private or City trees. Applicant is also responsible to comply with other tree protection bylaws


Energy Efficiency Design Form

Required when applying to construct a new building, or for an addition to an existing building, to establish compliance with the energy efficiency requirements stipulated in Supplemental Standard SB-10 of the Ontario Building Code.


Vibration Control Form

Required for all projects except Part 9 residential to detail construction activities which may result in vibration and the necessary pre-construction and preventative measures which will be taken.


Municipal Road Damage Form

Applicant/owner is required to pay a damage deposit as a protection guarantee against damage to the curb, sidewalk, road, public laneway, boulevard and other services as well as tracking mud on City streets, or failing to clear snow and ice from sidewalks while construction is in progress.

Permit fees shall be calculated based on the formula given below unless otherwise specified in this schedule:

  • Minimum fee of $198.59 (2024) shall be charged for all work.
  • An hourly fee $85.79 (2024) shall be charged for examination and inspection activities.
  • Fee Calculation Formula:
    Permit fee = SI x A
    SI = Service Index for classification of proposed work
    A = Floor area in m2 of work involved of work involved

Fee Service Indexes are determined based on the occupancy of the proposed building. See the Toronto Building Fee index for the list of current rates by occupancy and type.

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).