Building Permits

A Building Permit is a document which grants legal permission to begin construction of any new structure, addition or renovation. A permit is issued only when the plans for construction comply with the Ontario Building Code, South-West Oxford’s Municipal By- Laws and other applicable laws and regulations. Building permits are necessary to ensure that zoning requirements, fire and structural safety standards and other building standards are met, primarily for health and safety reasons. It is the building and or property owner's responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained when required.

The following requires a building permit approved by the Chief Building Official:

  • New buildings greater than 10 square meters (108 sq ft)
  • Additions, any size (including carports, garages, porches, decks)
  • Renovations
  • Demolitions – all structures (Farm structures are exempt from permit fees)
  • Prefabricated structures
  • Existing buildings moved to a new location
  • Mobile homes
  • Plumbing, heating and ventilation systems
  • Fireplaces, pools and decks. For more information about swimming pool fence requirements, click here.
  • Roof or well mounted solar panels 75 m²
  • Temporary buildings (ie tents > 646 sqft, mobile homes on farms or during construction of a house)
  • Wind turbine generators with output >3kw
  • Farm buildings and structures

The following projects do not require a Building Permit:

  • Painting and replacing drywall
  • Landscaping Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Kitchen cupboards and replacement vanity
  • Replacement of plumbing fixtures reconnected to existing plumbing
  • Eavestroughs, siding or other cosmetic work
  • Replacement windows not requiring enlarging the header

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South-West Oxford Building Permit And Inspection Notice Timelines

The Ontario Building Code (OBC) prescribes timelines for when a permit is required to be issued or refused and a required notice period for all inspections. According to Div.C. 1.3.1.3. and 1.3.5.3.of the OBC, below is the required timelines for each.

INSPECTION NOTICES

The Township of South-West Oxford Building Department requires a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to book all required inspections listed on permits.

Inspections are to be booked at the front counter or through Building Department Admin at 519.485.0477 ext. 228.  Please do not call the Building Inspectors to book inspections.

PERMIT TURNAROUND TIME

Class of Building

Time Period

(a) A detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, or row house where no dwelling unit is located above another dwelling unit

(b) A detached structure that serves a building described in Clause (a) and does not exceed 55m2 in building area.

(Accessory structures - sheds, decks, detached garages, carports, pool fences etc.)

(c) A tent to which Section 3.14 of Division B applies

(d) A sign to which Section 3.15 of Division B applies

10 Days

(a) Buildings described in Clause 1.1.2.4.(1) Division A, other than buildings described in Column 1 of any of Items 1 and 4 of this table

(3 or fewer storeys in height, building area 600m2 or less and classified as residential occupancies, business and personal services, mercantile, or low and medium  hazard industrial occupancies)

(b) Farm Buildings that do not exceed 600m2 in building area.

15 Days

(a) Buildings described in Clause 1.1.2.2.(1)(a) or (b) of Division A, other than buildings described in Column 1 of any items 1 and 4 of this Table.

(More than 3 storeys with building area greater than 600m2 and classified as Assembly, care and detention, large residential, business and personal service, mercantile, high medium an low hazard industrial)

(b) FarmBuildings  exceeding 600m2 in building area

20 Days

(a) Post-disaster buildings

(b) Buildings to which Subsection 3.2.6 of Division B or any provision in Articles 3.2.8.3 to 3.2.8.11 of Division B applies.

(High buildings, buildings with interconnected floor areas.)

30 Days

Please note: The above timelines are based on a complete permit applications only.

Municipal Contacts
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Lisa VanderWallen
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
Email: revenueofficer@swox.org
 
Chief Building Official (CBO)
Aaron Stewardson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 229 
Email: cbo@swox.org
Building Inspector
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant - Building
Deb Dawson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 228
Email: building@swox.org
 
Development Planner
Community and Strategic Planning Office,
County of Oxford

Ron Versteegen,
Phone: 519-539-9800 Ext. 3214
Email: rversteegen@oxfordcounty.ca
 
By-Law Enforcement Officer
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Drainage
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
Email: revenueofficer@swox.org
 
Payroll Administrator
Brooke Crane
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 226
Email: payroll@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant
Laura Pickersgill
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 221
Email: generaladmin@swox.org
 
Fire Chief & CEMC
Jeff VanRybroeck
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 257
Email: fireChief@swox.org
 
Works Superintendent
Bill Freeman
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 260
Email: bfreeman@swox.org
 
Foreman
Larry Hughes
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: lhughes@swox.org
 
Lead Hand
Adam Prouse
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: aprouse@swox.org
 
Chief Administrative Officer
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Lisa VanderWallen
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 
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