The Municipality of Meaford's Building Department administers the provisions of the Ontario Building Code and local Zoning Regulations, promoting public safety.
The Municipality of Meaford's Building Department provides the following services:
Physical Address: 21 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford (Municipal Administration Office)
Regular Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Municipality of Meaford has developed "A Guide to Building" for information purposes only. It assists applicants in sorting out the minimum requirements necessary in order to apply for a building permit. Please note that every application may have its own individual and unique requirements which are required to be submitted at permit application time.
The Municipality of Meaford's Building Department collects Development Charges on behalf of both the Municipality and the County prior to the issuance of a building permit.
Other Applicable Law:
Those properties which abut a provincial highway or are within 600 feet of a highway must either receive a land use permit or an exemption from the MTO prior to the issuance of a building permit from the Municipality of Meaford.
Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) 519-376-3860
Some situations require MNR approval prior to any development happening on the lands.
The Municipality of Meaford's Building Department has developed the following flow charts to help an applicant understand the process in making an official inquiry, applying for a construction or demolition permit, applying for an address or requesting a property information report. All requests must be made in writing and fees paid prior to the process being started.
Service Delivery Standard - Building Department Inquiry (283.27 kB)
Service Delivery Standard - Building Permit Application (380.26 kB)
Service Delivery Standard - Compliance/Property Information Request (263.27 kB)
Service Delivery Standard - 911 Addressing (347.36 kB)
Here are some recent questions:
Do I need a permit to replace my deck that is less than 24" above grade?
Yes. A permit is required to rebuild an existing deck that is attached to another structure, regardless of it's elevation above grade.
Do I need a permit to build a garden shed?
Yes. A permit is required to build any structure greater than 10 square metres (107 square feet) OR when ever there is plumbing in the structure, regardless of its size. see the Building Code Act 1.(1)
A permit is NOT required to build a garden shed less than 10 square metres that does not have plumbing in it, however ALL structures must comply with zoning. See Zoning By-Law 60-2009 Part 4.0 General Provisions.
Do I need a permit to install solar panels on my building?
Yes. A permit is required to install solar panels on another structure.
Engineering will be required to ensure that the existing structure will be able to safely carry the increased loading as a result of the solar panels.
Any solar array having a name plate rating greater than 10 kW will require a Renewable Energy Approval (REA). This REA will be required to be produced to the Building Department at permit application time.
Do I need a permit to install a new window or door?
Yes. A permit is required to install any new opening.
Do I need a permit to replace my windows or doors?
A permit is not required to replace existing windows or doors as long as they are of equal size to the windows or doors being replaced.
A permit is required to replace existing windows or doors if the new window or door is greater in size than the window or door being replaced.