The Role of the Building Division
The primary role of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Building Division is to promote public safety, assist development in compliance with Provincial Regulations and enforcing the Building Code Act, the Building Code Regulations, the Zoning By-Law and By-Laws pertaining to the Building Code as adopted by council. The municipality ensures that the structures meet the code, regulations, and are safe.
A building permit is permission to begin construction or demolition. This means that the Town of South Bruce Peninsula has accepted and approved plans that comply with the Building Code Act, regulations, local zoning by-laws, and other applicable laws and regulations. Building permits and inspections ensure that building standards are met and the structural change is safe and legal. The fees are set by the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Council.
The following is a list of some of the things that the Building Division is responsible for:
- Issuing permits when applications are complete.
- Conduct inspections of buildings as required by the Building Code Regulations which includes and is not limited to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural.
- Required inspections of Private Sewage Systems.
- Plumbing inspections in new buildings.
- Plumbing inspections in additions for changes to and adding onto existing plumbing.
- Compliance letters for land transfers.
- Zoning Information.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained when required. Please contact the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Building Division if you are not sure whether a permit is required for the project you will be working on.
The Role of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
Under O.Reg151/06, the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority has the responsibility to prevent or restrict development in areas where the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, pollution or conservation land may be affected by development. For more information, visit their website.
The Role of the Niagara Escarpment Commission
Areas within the Town do not have zone provisions within the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law. In these areas, the Niagara Escarpment Commission is responsible for land use planning. Having property within the Niagara Escarpment Commission control area means that you must consult with them prior to development. You must still obtain a building permit. For more information on the Niagara Escarpment Commission, visit their website.
The Role of Bruce County Planning
The County of Bruce provides professional planning advice, assistance, and land use planning functions to The Town of South Bruce Peninsula on local development processes including applications for Minor Variance, Zoning By-law Amendment, Official Plan Amendment, Consent, and Plans of Subdivision and Condominium.
If you have inquires, please contact:
Bruce County Planning-Wiarton Box 129 - 578 Brown Street Wiarton, Ontario N0H 2T0 519-534-2092
Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 122-2009
Town of South Bruce Peninsula Official Plan
Being a By-Law Respecting Construction, Demolition, Change of Use,Occupancy Permits and Inspections.
Building Division Staff
Kelly McCorkell, Deputy Chief Building Official/ Building Inspector
519-534-1400 ext. 145
Tara Davis, Building Department Administrative Assistant
519-534-1400 ext. 140
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