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The Municipality of Port Hope Building Services reviews permit applications, issues permits, and conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and the Municipality of Port Hope Zoning By-law as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction and plumbing are consistent throughout the Province of Ontario.

Building Permits regulate the type of construction allowed in our community and ensure that building standards are met. The objective of a building permit is to protect the homeowner as well as the community by ensuring that any structural change is safe, legal, and sound.

Applications for Building Permits can be made Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Municipal Development Team Office.

Office Location:

5 Mill Street South
Port Hope, L1A 2S6
Tel: 905.885.2431
Fax: 905.885.0507

You must obtain a building permit before you do any of the following (not limited to this list):

  • Construct a new building larger than 108 ft2 (10 m2)
  • Renovate, repair or add to a building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
  • Change a building's use
  • Install, change or remove partitions and load-bearing walls
  • Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
  • Build a garage, balcony or deck or enclose an existing deck
  • Build a utility shed over 108 ft2 (10 m2)
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Install or modify any life safety or fire suppression system such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or fixed extinguishing systems
  • Install or modify heating, plumbing, and air conditioning systems, fireplaces, fireplace inserts and woodstoves
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards with plumbing
  • Reconstruct a chimney
  • Build a roofless deck over two feet (0.61 metres) in height that is not attached to a building
  • Finish a basement or convert a room to a bedroom
  • Install a pool or hot tub
  • Erect signage

 You Do Not Need a Permit To:

  • Replace existing, same-size doors and windows, subject to distance from property lines
  • Install siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from property lines
  • Build a utility shed under 108ft2 (10 m2)
  • Reshingle a roof, provided there is no structural work
  • Install eavestroughs, provided that drainage is contained on your property
  • Paint or decorate
  • Reinstall/replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • Erect a fence (except swimming pools and outside hot tubs require permits)
  • Electrical work (the Electrical Safety Authority, however, must inspect electrical installations)

If you are unsure if a Building Permit is required, please contact our office at 905.885.2431

 
Prior to Building Services involvement or permit application, documented project approval from the Municipal Planning Division is required. Municipal Planners must be contacted at the Development Team Office at 905.885.2431.

1.  Building Permit Application to Construct or Demolish
Required application for permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation. As part of the Building Permit process, staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code and other applicable law.

Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish


2. Building Permit Application for Sign, Patio, Pool
Required application for permission to install signage, patio, or above/in ground pools. As part of the Building Permit process, staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code and other applicable law.

Building Permit for a sign, patio or pool


3. Schedule 1: Designer Information
Complete this form for each individual who reviews and takes responsibility for design activites with respect to your project.

Schedule 1: Designer Information


4. Schedule 2: Sewage System Installer Information

Schedule 2: Sewage System Installer Information


5. Plumbing Permit Application
Northumberland County is responsible for plumbing and sewage system inspections. For convenience, the Municipality of Port Hope issues plumbing permits for properties located within the Municipality’s boundaries. Complete the Plumbing Permit Application and submit to the Municipality of Port Hope Building Services Division. Please contact the Northumberland County Plumbing Inspector to schedule your inspection at 905.372.1929 or 1.800.354.7050 ext. 2551

Plumbing Permit


6. Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Prescriptive) Residential
This form is used by a designer to demonstrate that the energy efficiency design of a house complies with the Building Code using the prescriptive method.

Energy Efficiency Design Summary: Prescriptive Method (Residential)


7. Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Performance) Residential

Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Performance)


8. Tent Pre-Permit Clearance Form
Tents installed within the Municipality of Port Hope which exceed 10m² require a Building Permit regardless of the length of time the tent will be installed. There is no charge to obtain a Building Permit for a tent. This form along with the required documentation must be submitted prior to a Building Permit being issued.

Tent Pre-Permit Clearance


9. Special Event Sign Notification Form
Required notification for temporary signage for Special Events within the Municipality of Port Hope. There is no fee for this application. Without proper documentation, signs may be impounded and a reclaiming fee may be charged.

Special Events Sign Notification Form


Payment is required prior to a Building Permit being issued. Payment can be made by cash, debit or cheque. Please see the 2019 Building Services Fees and Charges for the complete Fee Schedule.

Chief Building Official, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Mark Perkin, Ext. 2509, mperkin@porthope.ca

Building Inspector, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Steve White, Ext. 2510, swhite@porthope.ca

Building Inspector, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
David McGurrin, Ext. 2508, dmcgurrin@porthope.ca

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Pam Hohner, Ext. 2517, bylawenforcement@porthope.ca

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Joe Serrao, Ext. 2512, bylawenforcement@porthope.ca

Customer Service Assistant
Amanda Millar, Ext. 2500, amillar@porthope.ca