Residential Underpinning (Including Basement Entrances)
Building Permit for underpinning of the foundation of an existing house, which may include a new basement entrance.
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 on a re-writable DVD, a USB drive or submitted by email.
- Survey or site plan showing property lines, lot area, right-of-way or easements (referenced to a current survey)
- Location of existing/proposed buildings with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions to property lines and adjacent buildings.
- Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA), coverage and grade elevations to confirm height.
- Indicate dimensioned parking areas, driveways, hard and soft landscape treatments, accessory structures (sheds, decks, detached garages, etc).
Basement / Foundation Plans for Underpinning
- Provide existing/proposed construction with foundation and exterior wall information, showing locations of proposed underpinning, locations of any support columns and structural framing above
- Show stages of proposed underpinning, numbered to show sequence of work.
- Where applicable, show distance to foundations of adjacent buildings, including depth of the footings of the adjacent building. Where the proposed underpinned foundation is to be constructed below the level of the footings of the adjacent building and within the angle of repose of the soil, the underpinning and related construction must be designed by a Professional Engineer.
- Fully dimensioned, for each level showing existing and proposed uses of all spaces, including location of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and all plumbing fixtures.
- Provide existing/proposed construction with foundation and exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing above.
- Cross section(s) to show existing/proposed building construction and specifications of all floor, wall and roof assemblies.
- Provide footing and foundation wall details including height of exterior grade above basement floor.
- Show floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building heights.
- Detail 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.
Building permit application form required for all submissions
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.
Professional design and field review is required where the foundations of a of a building are to be constructed below the level of the footings of an adjacent building and within the angle of repose of the soil, or the underpinning exceeds 1200 mm of Laterally unsupported height, or the soil is clay or silt. This Commitment form must be signed by the owner or agent and the professional architect, engineer, or consultant.
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.
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.
Customers also have the option to attend ANY Toronto Building Customer Service counter to make an application for any of the services listed above. Customers will be asked to present a re-writable DVD or USB drive containing all the necessary materials for the eligible service requests. No paper copies will be required.
|Fee Effective Jan. 1, 2018|
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 public disclosure in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).