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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

DO I REQUIRE A FIRE PERMIT?
You must notify the Fire Chief if you are planning to have a fire during the Fire Season April 1 - October 31. Whitney Fire Chief : John Stubbs 613-334-2629 or 613-637-5555. Madawaska Fire Chief: Aurel Thom 613-334-5018 or 613-637-5533

WHEN ARE THE LANDFILL SITES OPEN?

  •  April 5 to November 1 2017:
  • Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Spring Cleanup 2017 Schedule, Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. from April 22nd until June 10th
  • April 30 to October 8, 2017 - Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

APPLYING FOR A BUILDING PERMIT QUESTIONS

HOW LARGE CAN A BUILDING BE WITHOUT REQUIRING A PERMIT?
108 ft2 or 10m2 (roughly 10ft X 10ft)

WHERE CAN I PUT THE BUILDING?
Prepare a detailed SITE PLAN indicating placement of all buildings on your property with distances to property lines. Also, you must include distances to the property lines from the following:

  • the proposed building
  • the septic (if applicable)
  • any water bodies (lake/river/stream if applicable)
  • any hydro lines (if applicable)
  • the road
     

DO I NEED PROFESSIONAL PLANS?
Yes. The plans must have all the required information to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code. It is advised to obtain the services of a qualified person.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY PERMIT?
Provided the permit application is complete and all necessary information that accompanies the application (site plan, building plans, etc.) is accurate and complete, you should receive your permit within a minimum of 3 weeks. However, if the Building Inspector requires more information than what you have provided, your application may fall to the bottom of the queue.

WHEN ARE INSPECTIONS REQUIRED?
Refer to the cardboard copy below the permit; this will state what stages of construction are required for inspection. REMEMBER, you are responsible for notifying the Building Inspector when you are ready for an inspection.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE PERMIT?
Only the owner of the property can apply for the permit. If there is more than one person that owns the property, both names must appear on the application accompanied by signatures of both property owners. However, the owner(s) may sign the Authorization Form to allow another person on their behalf to apply for the permit, such as a contractor.

WHAT IS THE COST?

  • $0.50 per square foot for new habitable buildings
  • $0.30 per square foot for accessory buildings of residential use such as garages, sheds, carports.
  • $0.50 per square foot for commercial buildings.
  • $0.30 per square foot  for decks or additions, renovations/repairs
  • $100.00 minimum fee for any of the above listed

 

HOW LONG IS THE PERMIT VALID?
The project must be started within 6 months of issuance. If there is a lapse of more than 1 year, the permit may be revoked. It is advised to keep the Building Official advised of any delays that arise.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE BUILDING INSPECTOR?
Absolutely. The Chief Building Official is available on a limited schedule. Please contact Tracy Cannon, Municipal Operations Clerk to schedule appointments, inspections and site visits.

WHERE CAN I GET AN APPLICATION?
Application packages are available at the Township Office or can be printed off the website. See the building department page for a list of documents. For further information please refer to By-Law number 09-335 or contact Tracy Cannon, Municipal Operations Clerk at 613-637-2650 ext. 203 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or email building@southalgonquin.ca

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Whitney, Ontario K0J 2M0
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