Planning & Permits

Planning and Permits

At Tignum, our commitment extends to assisting you in obtaining building permits for both residential and commercial projects. We take charge of preparing all the necessary documents, compiling required forms mandated by the municipality, and addressing inquiries from both the municipality and you, the building or land owner. Our dedicated team ensures a seamless process, guiding you through every step to secure the necessary approvals for your project.

Ontario Building Code Consultation

All renovations and new buildings in Ontario must comply with the Ontario Building Code. Our team can provide consultation on Building Code requirements or prepare drawings that are in conformance with the Code prior to 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 design process
  2. Specific Code reviews for owners and designers
  3. Drawing preparation in conformance with the Ontario Building Code and building permit application
  4. Fire protection design consulting for secondary suites and multi-unit dwellings
  5. Liaison between owners/designers and municipal officials
  6. Third party and peer review services

Building Permits

Our engineering and design team is available to help you get your building permit to legally construct or renovate your building in Ontario.

We are here to help you through the:

  1. Preparation of permit application drawings and forms
  2. Submission of permit application
  3. Communication with building examiners and zoning examiners
  4. Acquisition of demolition permits
  5. Acquisition of all building permits required
  6. Acquisition of phased construction permits

Go to our blog to read more about when a building permit is required.

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. In many municipalities trees cannot be harmed until the municipality has reviewed your plan and provided a permit for a tree to be injured or removed.

We can help by:

  1. Designing the building while taking into account trees currently on the property
  2. Preparing a site plan showing trees to be removed and trees to be protected
  3. Preparing and submitting forms and applications to the Department of Forestry
  4. Communicating with the Department of Forestry with regards to the application

Zoning Reviews

We encourage clients with complex projects to apply for a zoning certificate before preparing their building permit application. This usually leads to getting the building permit more quickly since detailed design work takes place once the general design is approved by the municipality.

We can help you get your zoning certificate by:

  1. Conducting a preliminary zoning review to highlight potential zoning variances
  2. Preparing drawings for the zoning certificate
  3. Preparing and submitting forms for the zoning certificate
  4. Communicating with municipal officials with regards to the application

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how Tignum can help with zoning reviews.

Committee of Adjustment and Minor Variances

When a design is known to infringe upon municipal zoning bylaws an application can be submitted to the committee of adjustment for a minor variance. Tignum has many years of experience successfully presenting variances on behalf of clients to the committee of adjustment.

Let us help you by:

  1. Preparing drawings and documents for application for preliminary project review
  2. Preparing the application package for the minor variance
  3. Communicating with the municipality and neighbours to resolve issues that may come up prior to the hearing date
  4. Preparing supporting documentation for the hearing
  5. Representing you at the committee of adjustment hearing
  6. Representing you in the rare case that someone appeals the decision made by the committee

Learn more about the committee of adjustment on our blog and in our FAQs.