Toronto Building has two application streams, a “complete” application stream or an “incomplete” application stream. The Building Code specifies time frames for the review of complete building permit applications, however, there is no time frame for the review of incomplete applications.

A building permit application is considered complete when:

  • The permit application form has been completed.
  • The application is signed by the owner of the property or the authorized agent of the owner.
  • All attachments and forms may be submitted with the application on a rewritable DVD and certain applications may be submitted by email.
  • The application is accompanied by one set of plans and specifications.
  • The application includes an issued Zoning Applicable Law Certificate (ZAP)
  • Confirmation that all Applicable Law has been satisfied, as required by the Zoning Applicable Law Certificate
  • All fees have been paid.

If all the conditions above are met, the Building Code specifies the following time frames for the review of complete building permit applications.

  • 10 business days for a house
  • 15 business days for a small building
  • 20 business days for a large building
  • 30 business days for a complex building

This stream is for applications where no Zoning Applicable Law Certificate has been issued for the project.

There is no time frame for review of this stream of permits and no re-examination fee for Incomplete permit applications.

Commercial Xpress is an enhanced Building Permit service for certain types of projects. Toronto Building’s goal is to review eligible applications within 10 business days.

The following projects qualify for Commercial Xpress Service:

  • Interior alterations to Assembly, Business, Industrial, Office and Retail uses
    • Up to 300m2 in area
    • No change of use
    • No change in patron area for restaurants
  • Tents
  • Minor fire damage repair

Separate permits are required for plumbing, drains and HVAC. These permits do not qualify for Commercial Xpress.

What do I need to submit to make an application?

All forms can be downloaded from our forms page and completed electronically. For more information please consult our Electronic Submission Guidelines.

When and where?

Commercial Xpress service is available at any of our four district offices or through our email submission channel.