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.

Zoning By-Law

To view the Zoning By-Law, please visit the Bruce County Planning website by clicking here.

Development Charges

The Town has enacted a Development Charges By-Law

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.

Source Water Protection Consultation and Screening

The Source Water Protection Plan for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Region came into effect on July 1, 2016.  Prior to the issuance of a Building Permit or the processing of any planning application, properties which fall within the Source Protection Zones must consult with the Risk Management Office.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority provides risk management for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula under the Source Water Protection Plan.

To view the GSCA Risk Management Office website, please click here.

To obtain information the consultation and screening process, please use the documents below or contact the Risk Management Office as the address and phone number below.

Section 59 Screening Protocol

Drinking Water Source Protection Screening Form

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority Risk Management Office
237897 Inglis Falls Rd, RR 4
Owen Sound ON N4K 5N6
Toll Free 1-877-470-3001


     By-Law Respecting Construction, Demolition, Change of Use,Occupancy Permits and Inspections. 


Building Division Staff

Russell Gilkinson, Chief Building Official
519-534-1400 ext. 127

Tara Davis, Building Inspector/Administrative Assistant
519-534-1400 ext. 140

Back to Top