Planning & Development

Planning and Development

At Tignum we are dedicated to helping you navigate all of the steps to obtaining your building permit. We assist by preparing the necessary documents, assembling all necessary forms required by the municipality, and answering questions that arise from the municipality as well as the building or land owner.

Ontario Building Code Consultation

All designs for buildings in Ontario must comply with the Ontario Building Code. The team at Tignum will prepare drawings in conformance with Building Code requirements prior to submitting your application to the municipality.Our services include, but are not limited to:

  1. Consultation with owners and designers on the building code requirements to guide the building design process
  2. Specific code reviews for owners and designers
  3. Liaison between owners/designers and municipal officials
  4. 3rd Party and Peer Review Services

Building Permits

In order to legally construct a building in Ontario, you need to acquire a building permit form the local municipality. We have completed over 200 permit applications for the city of Toronto alone. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  1. Preparation of permit application drawings and forms
  2. Submission of permit application
  3. Communication with building examiners and zoning examiners to answer questions regarding the submission
  4. Acquisition of Demolition Permits
  5. Acquisition of Building Permits
  6. Acquisition of Mechanical (HVAC) Permit
  7. Acquisition of Plumbing and Drain Permit
  8. Acquisition of Phased construction permits

Permit to Injure or Remove Trees

It is common when undertaking a construction project to have to remove or injure adjacent trees or root systems. Many trees cannot simply be “harmed” and the municipality must review your plan and provide a permit for a tree to be injured or removed. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  1. Design of building taking into account trees currently on the property
  2. Preparation of a site plan showing trees to be removed and trees to be protected
  3. Preparation and submission of forms and applications to the Department of Forestry
  4. Communication with the Department of Forestry with regards to the application

Zoning Reviews

Application for a zoning certificate prior to submitting the building permit application can help in ensuring the designs comply with the municipal zoning by-laws.

  1. Preparation of drawings for the zoning certificate
  2. Preparation and submission of forms for the zoning certificate
  3. Communication with municipal officials with regards to the application

Committee of Adjustment and Minor Variances

When a design is known to infringe upon municipal zoning by-laws an application can be submitted to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. A Preliminary Project Review provides a summary of the zoning infringement which can be submitted when applying to the Committee of Adjustment.

  1. Preparation of drawings and documents for application for Preliminary Project Review
  2. Preparation of the application package for the minor variance
  3. Communication with the municipality to resolve issues that may come up prior to the hearing date
  4. Preparation of supporting documentation for the hearing
  5. Committee of Adjustment hearing

Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)

LPAT’s are administrative bodies that help resolve disputes related to: (1) land use planning applications, such as subdivisions, land severances and minor variances, and (2) planning documents, such as official plans and zoning bylaws.

Appeals to decisions are relatively infrequent but they are not uncommon. Tignum guides clients throughout this process and provides the necessary skill and expertise to defend an application at LPAT’s.