Before any part of an unfinished building can be occupied, the structure must meet Ontario Building Code (Division C, Part 1, Subsection 1.3.3.) standards. An Authority to Occupy application is a request for a permit to allow a portion of an unfinished building to be occupied, and is applied for after consulting with the Building Inspector that the building is ready for such a permit.
When making an application for partial occupancy:
If you occupy an unfinished building without one, you may be ordered to vacate and other legal action taken against you.
Professionals of record for your project (architects/ engineers) must submit reports before the occupancy inspection to indicate their satisfaction with work relating to areas of the building to be occupied.
Occupancy Permit (Authority to occupy before completion) – Minimum $428.95/permit
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. (Rates are in effect as of January 1, 2023)