Building and Renovations
- A Permit is required to construct a building, structure or septic system
- Construction can include anything in the erection, installation or extension or material alteration or repair of a building, structure or septic system
- Change of use of a building, structure or septic system
- Demolition of a building, structure or septic system
- Occupancy of unfinished building
- Transfer of permit
visit our Permit Application Guidelines webpage for more information
A) Constructing or altering a structure without a Permit can result in numerous problems including:
- complaints from neighbours
- not conforming with the Building Code
- difficulty selling the property
- putting yourself and your family at potential risk
- putting yourself at liability should an injury occur to someone (visiting your property) as a result of a structure not conforming to the Building Code
- extra cost in having to reconstruct the structure according to the Zoning By-law and Building Code
- insurance protection nullification
- increased Permit fees (minimum $158.00 extra charge)
- possible demolition of structure
- possible ticket fine $400.00
- possible court fine maximum $50,000.00 first offence if convicted.
- Before a decision on whether or not a Building Permit may be issued for a particular lot, a completed Building Permit Application must be received along with (2) complete sets of plans, fees and any other information required by the Building By-law.
- Once received, the Application is reviewed for compliance with the Zoning By-law of the City of Welland, the Ontario Building Code (OBC), and any other applicable laws including Regional Government, Provincial Government and Federal Government. In order to determine if a Permit can be issued, certain information from the Application may be required to be forwarded to any one of these levels of Government.
- Other issues such as sewer and water servicing, OBC requirements (structure, soil, etc.), driveway entrances, City and Regional development charges, etc. must be resolved before a Permit could be issued.
- In any case, while a statement that a Building Permit cannot be issued or appears not able to be issued can sometimes be made (when only limited information has been submitted), a statement that a Building Permit can be issued will never be made until a completed Application and complete drawings are submitted and all applicable laws have been met and a Permit has in fact been issued.
A) Yes, We have brochures for Accessory Buildings, Additions, Decks (Porches) and Plumbing. Visit our Permit Application Guidelines webpage for more information.
A) In addition to the Permit Application Fee, other fees/deposits may be required and may only be determined after the review process is complete. visit our Permit Application Guidelines webpage for more information.