A building permit is your formal permission to begin construction or demolition. It means that the City of Kingston has reviewed the plans for any new structure, addition or renovation.
Plans must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning bylaws, and other applicable laws and regulations.
A building permit regulates the type of construction allowed in the community and helps to ensure building standards are met. The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the community and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.
By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Division staff. Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur.
In many cases, your designer or contractor will get permits on your behalf. However, it is the building owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.
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