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 Certificate (ZC).
  • Confirmation that all Applicable Law has been satisfied, as required by the Zoning 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 Certificate has been issued for the project, or where the application does not include all Applicable Law approvals listed on the issued Zoning Certificate.

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

It is strongly recommended that you submit an application for a Preliminary Project Review (PPR) prior to submitting an application in the incomplete application stream.

Residential FASTRACK is an enhanced Building Permit service for certain types of projects in existing houses containing one or two dwelling units. Toronto Building’s goal is to review eligible applications within five business days.

The following projects qualify for FASTRACK service:

  • additions with cumulative areas up to 100 m2 on all floor levels
  • minor interior alterations
  • second suite to residential dwellings
  • conversion from up to 3 residential units to a single family dwelling
  • decks, verandahs, porches and canopies
  • garages and carports
  • accessory structures (such as gazebos and storage sheds)
  • basement entrances, underpinning
  • pool fence enclosures
  • fire damage repairs
  • plumbing permits for residential dwellings
  • HVAC for Residential FASTRACK permits after issuance of related building permits
  • revisions to Residential FASTRACK Permits

What do I need to submit to make an application?

An applications must be submitted by email or in-person on a rewritable DVD or USB. All drawings must be formatted for a page with a maximum dimension of 11″ X 17′ to facilitate scanning, if necessary. Please include an electronic copy of all forms as well as the drawings on the DVD or USB. For more information please consult our Electronic Submission Guidelines.

 

Note: Documents must be prepared by either the homeowner or a Designer qualified under the  Building Code Act, 1992 and the 2012 Building Code.

What’s the procedure?

When you have signed in at the counter, staff will review your application to determine whether your building permit can be processed via FASTRACK. If other approvals are required or your plans are incomplete, you will be advised on-the-spot.

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.