General Information

Why I need a Building/Demolition permit

Ontario Law requires that building permits are obtained in order to ensure that construction conforms to the Ontario Building Code. For more information see the Information Brochures from the Ontario Building Officials Association.

Guide to obtaining a Building permit

For specific information for building in the Municipality of Temagami; please see our Guide to Obtaining a Building Permit in Temagami

Requirements for a completed application

There are various types of documents that are required to be submitted with your application for a building permit. We have created a handy Building Permit Application Checklist and a list of Drawings Required with a Building Permit Application to help you ensure that you have all the necessary documents. Please note that not all items are required for all applications. Please select only those that pertain to your application.

List of possible approvals required

There may also be approvals or permits required for your project in addition to the Municipality of Temagami Building Permit. The following is a list of possible approvals or permits required. For more information on which ones apply to your project, please contact our Building Deparment.

Approvals and Permits That May be required with a Building Permit Application

  • Municipal Planning Department approvals
  • Ministry of Natural Resources approvals
  • Timiskaming Health Unit approvals
  • Ministry of The Environment approvals
  • Ministry of Transportation permits
  • Electrical Safety Authority permits
  • Ministry of Labor Notice of Project

Fee schedule

Building permit fees are set by municipal bylaw. Please follow the link for a list of current Building Permit Fees.

Inspection requirements

Under Ontario Law, inspections are mandatory at certain stages of construction. With your building permit you will be issued an Inspection Requirements Checklist indicating the inspections your permit requires. It is the owner's responsibility to contact the building department to request any inspection that has been checked on the list. The Building department is to be given a minimum of 2 days notice for each inspection.

Guide to Barrier Free Design

Accessibility to buildings by people with impaired mobility can be greatly improved by eliminating barriers in the design process. For assistance in designing and building barrier-free buildings, please refer to the Building Guide to Barrier-Free Design.

Code of conduct for Municipal Inspectors

Code of Conduct for Building Officials


The Municipality of Temagami maintains this Code of Conduct in accordance with the provisions of The Building Code Act. Building Officials undertake building certification functions that ensure quality, structural integrity and safety of buildings. Building Officials are exposed to potential conflicts of interest because of the special powers conferred on them. The conduct and behaviour of the Municipalities Building Officials reflects the Temagami Building Department's commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, technical competence, skill, honesty, fairness and independence. Building Officials observe both the letter and the spirit of this code of conduct as it pertains to situations that bear on their responsibilities.


The purposes of this code of conduct are:

  • To promote appropriate standards of behaviour by building officials in the exercise of their powers and performance of their duties.
  • To prevent practices that may constitute an abuse of power, and
  • To promote appropriate standards of honesty and integrity.

Standards of Conduct and Professionalism

The Municipality of Temagami Building Officials undertake at all times to:

  1. Act in the public interest, particularly with regard to the safety of building works or structures;
  2. Maintain their knowledge and understanding of the best building practice, the building laws and regulations relevant to their building certifying functions;
  3. Commit themselves to a process of continuous education so as to constantly be aware of developments in building design, practice and law relevant to their duties:
  4. Comply with the provisions of Building Code Act, the Building Code and any other Act or Law that regulates or governs Building Officials or their functions;
  5. Avoid situations where there may be, or where there may reasonably appear to be, a conflict between their duties to their clients, their profession, their peers and the public at large and their personal interests;
  6. Not act beyond their level of competence or outside there area of expertise
  7. Apply all relevant building laws, regulations and standards strictly and without favour and independent of influence of interested parties;
  8. Perform their inspections and certifying duties impartially and in accordance with the highest professional standards;
  9. 9.Not divulge any confidential or sensitive information or material, that they became privy to in the performance of their duties, except in accordance with the laws governing freedom of information and protection of privacy;
  10. 10.To avoid any conduct that could bring Building Officials or the Municipality of Temagami into disrepute;
  11. 11.Extend professional courtesy to all;
  12. 12.Accept responsibility for the conduct of their subordinate employees;
  13. 13.Maintain current accreditation to perform functions assigned to them;
  14. 14.Take all reasonable steps to ascertain and document all available facts relevant to the performance of their duties;
  15. 15.Exemplify compliance with all regulations and standards that govern building construction, health & safety or other matters related to their status as a building official.

Guideline for responding to misconduct allegations

The Building Code Act provides that the performance of Building Officials will be measured against this code of conduct. In response to any allegation of a breach of this code, the Chief Building Official shall direct an investigation and where appropriate, recommend disciplinary action against any Building Official who fails to comply with this code of conduct. Where the allegation is against the Chief Building Official, Council will direct the investigation and make such recommendations as are reasonable.

In determining the appropriate discipline, the Chief Building Official or Council will have regard to the relevance of the conduct to the official's powers and responsibilities as well as severity of any misconduct.

Disciplinary Action arising form the violations of this code of conduct is the responsibility of Temagami's administration and is subject to relevant employee agreements, employment law and standards.

Building Span Tables

The linked tables, regulations and schedules are copies of various sections of the 2006 Ontario Building Code.
These documents are issued for information ONLY and it is the user's responsibility to ensure the correct applications of the information contained in the Building Span Tables.

Guards for Housing and Small Buildings

The Building SB-7 Guard Details contains information on building standards for guards for both the interior and for the exterior of housing and small buildings.

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