If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-01-10 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
Home renovation projects require plenty of research, careful planning, and detailed steps. Applying for a building permit is just one of the required necessities. Building permits cannot be overlooked, and depending on where you’re living, the forms, fees and documentation needed will vary. We’re here to offer a way to help you navigate fees for building permits in the city of Toronto.
It’s crucial that if you’re taking on a renovation project, you abide by the law and follow the rules and regulations within your municipality. This will save you a serious headache later, and ensure that your renovation can go forward without (too many) bumps in the road.
Now, before you lift up a hammer and gather nails, you’re going to want to get the process started on your building permit application. When it comes to understanding the steps required for a Toronto renovation, the Building Code Act is the place to begin. The Build Code Act states that a building permit is required for any construction and/or demolition of a new building, and addition or material alteration. These alterations include material structures and not just buildings alone.
This means that taking on pretty much any renovation project is going to require a permit. Even if you feel like the renovation you’re planning is on the small or simple side of things, chances are you should still look into permit requirements. There’s a long list of jobs which will definitely need a permit, no matter what, and they are as follows:
We’d recommend walking into your local municipal office or checking with your city planner to make sure your project requires a permit. In a nutshell, if you plan to do jobs that won’t really require structural changes, such as finishing a basement, installing additional insulation or roof vents, it’s likely you will not need a permit.
Building permit fees in Toronto are calculated by a specific formula and will come down to the perimeters of your project. The formula for calculating a permit cost is as follows:
Permit fee = SI x A
SI stands for Service Index of the proposed work and A stands for the floor area of m2 in the work involved. Confusing? As we stated, it will be important to get all of the specifications of your project in order to calculate the exact cost of your permit. If you’re having difficulty with this step, we’d suggest working with a professional in the field such as a general contractor or an architect.
Further, there is a minimum permit fee for Toronto-based renovations, and in 2019 all work regardless of size, style or dimension will cost $198.59.
If your renovation project requires inspection or an examination of sorts, you'll be charged an hourly rate of $85.79.
So, you’ve got a bit of a better idea of how to calculate the cost of a renovation permit in Toronto. Now what? You’re going to have to gather some documentation together in order to get your project rolling. The things you’ll need to move forward with your permit application fee are as follows:
All of your paperwork should be brought to the Toronto City Council, and following this, you’ll play the waiting game. Do bear in mind that your building permit approval will take time to come through. There will also be a review period that'll take place during your renovation process, and this will help the city ensure that you’re on the right track.
It’s also important to remember that Toronto is a big city and depending on where you live, the wait time for your permit approval will vary. It could be anywhere between two weeks and two months, especially if the renovation you’re planning is quite large or you're living in a quickly developing neighbourhood. Once you have received approval for your renovation project, do take precautions to abide by any on-site inspections or regulations. Again, building process inspections are mandatory, so do make sure to have the contractor you’re working with book these or take the booking on yourself. Happy renovating!
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your Toronto renovation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with top-rated contractors. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from companies that are specialized in home renovations.
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