The Building Department is responsible for issuing permits for the construction, renovation and demolition of buildings.  The Building Code Act, 1992  and Ontario’s Building Code govern the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings with reference to, public health, fire protection, accessibility and structural sufficiency.

The Building Department reviews permit applications for compliance with the Ontario Building Code Act and the Building Code however permit applications may be circulated to other Township Officials to ensure compliance with other applicable law and regulations such as the Zoning By-Law.

All inquiries related to the Planning Act, Zoning By-Law or other Planning related legislation should be directed to the Planning Department.

Why You Need to Obtain a Building Permit

Building permits allow the Township to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building permit applications before any work is done, the Township can ensure that buildings comply with:

  • The Building Code
  • Bonfield’s Zoning By-Law and other planning controls on buildings
  • Other applicable legislation, including conservation authority approvals and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act


When do you need a building permit?

You must obtain a building permit before you:

  • construct any new building over ten square meters in area or place another structure, such as a mobile home, on your property
  • make renovations or repairs or add to a building
  • change the use of a building
  • excavate or construct a foundation
  • construct a seasonal building
  • undertake work regarding the installation, alteration, extension or repair of an on-site sewage system

To access any building Applications please visit Applications & Forms. For further information and specific requirements on any building matters contact:


The Building Department
Andrew O’Reilly,  Deputy Chief Building Official

Phone: 705-776-2641 ext. 129
Fax: 705-776-1154