Municipality of Meaford is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community Cloudpermit, an online system to apply for and track your building permits.

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If you plan to build, renovate or demolish please apply for a building or septic permit through Cloudpermit, online:

Click Here to Apply for a Building Permit

 

 

 Click Here for the Ontario Building Code 2012

 

When do I need a Building Permit?

You need to get a building permit for any new construction, renovation, or repair to a structure. This allows our staff to make sure the work complies with the Ontario Building Code, as well as zoning and any other legislation that may apply to your property. Some examples of work that require a permit include:

  • Any new structures greater than 10 m²
  • Adding a carport, garage, deck, porch, room(s) or another story to an existing building
  • Adding structural features such as a balcony, dormer, enclosing a porch, window enlargement, wind turbine or solar panels
  • Excavating to construct a new or full basement under an existing house
  • Any structure containing plumbing (even those less than 10 m²)
  • Doing renovations or repairs, or undertaking structural changes
  • Replacing an existing deck, porch, or carport
  • Chimney construction
  • New or replacement plumbing
  • Retaining wall(s) exceeding 1m in height
  • Barns
  • Temporary tent
  • Swimming pool and enclosures
  • And more
What does not Require a Building Permit?
  • Door and window replacements (within the existing opening, where no structural members are changed)
  • Installing new shingles on existing roof
  • Installing a water softener
  • Painting, wall papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
  • Replacing a plumbing fixture (i.e. toilet, bathtub or sink) with a new fixture in the same location
  • Storage sheds not exceeding 10 metres squared, single storey and not attached to any other structures

When in doubt, please consult with Building Services staff.

Before you get Started

During the preliminary planning stage of your project, you must determine the zoning by-law rules that apply to your property. Zoning by-laws regulate the use, size, location and types of structures permitted on all property in the Municipality. Please review the Zoning By-Law first and then contact our Planning Department with specific questions at planning@meaford.ca to discuss your plans. Certain types of development (ie. Commercial, industrial or multi-residential) may also require Site Plan Approval. Please contact the Planning Staff to determine if Site Plan Approval will be applicable to your project.

 

 

Entrance Permit & Civic Addressing 

You will also need to have an approved entrance permit and civic address in order to be issued a building permit. If the project is a new build and you do not have an existing entrance, fill out the application form and email a diagram of your entrance location for our roads department (roads@meaford.ca) to schedule a site visit and submit an application for your civic address to be issued. You will also need to pay the entrance permit and civic addressing fees at the Development Services Office located at 15 Trowbridge St W.

Click here for Entrance Permit Application Form 

Lot Grading and Third Party 

Your Grading and Drainage Plan will be reviewed by our third-party engineer to determine whether the proposed plan will negatively affect the neighbouring properties or municipal boulevard. Our third-party engineer will communicate with the applicants engineer until a desired grading and drainage plan is agreed upon through the use of a checklist. Submitted lot grading plans must include contact information (email address, phone number, etc. of designer.)

Building permit applications are not deemed to be complete until third party approved reviews have been submitted. 

Existing On-Site Sewage Evaluation

If your property utilizes an on-site sewage system (septic system) and you intend to use the existing septic system for your new project, your application must be accompanied by an approved septic system evaluation form. This is a desktop evaluation performed by the Building Services Department. These are a few items that may trigger a septic system evaluation.

  • New Dwelling
  • Addition to an existing building that is 15% or greater than the existing area of the dwelling
  • Addition of fixtures to existing building
Demolition Release Form

If you need to obtain a demolition permit, you will need to provide a demolition release form with the signatures of all applicable parties that are required to be communicated prior to the issuance of a permit. Included in the application the applicant must provide details where the debris will be removed to and how the site will be altered to be deemed safe once the debris is removed.

Municipal By-laws

If your project is subject to any of the following By-laws, please review to ensure compliance.  

Other Approvals

Depending on the location of your property, you may require approvals from other agencies.

 

Heritage Conservation District

If your property falls within the Heritage Conservation District, you may require a Heritage Conservation Permit from the Municipality to complete your project. If you have any questions, please e-mail heritage@meaford.ca to learn more about Heritage Conservation Permits and guidelines.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority 519-376-3076

Many properties within the Municipality of Meaford are - or have a portion of land - designated as environmentally protected (EP) or as regulated lands. Prior to a permit being issued from the Municipality of Meaford's Building Department, those lands designated as EP or regulated lands must first have a development permit or an exemption from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. Please contact Grey Sauble Conservation Authority for more details.

Niagara Escarpment Commission 519-599-3340

Many properties within the Municipality of Meaford are under the Niagara Escarpment Commission's regulations. Prior to the Municipality of Meaford's Building Department being able to issue a permit on those lands designated as NEC, a development permit or an exemption from the Niagara Escarpment Commission is required. Please contact the NEC for more information.  

County of Grey 519-376-7337

Those properties which abut a county road must first receive an entrance permit from the County of Grey or have a legally existing entrance prior to the issuance of a building permit from the Municipality of Meaford. For more information on County entrance permits and requirements, please contact the County of Grey. 

Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) 519-376-7350

Those properties which abut a provincial highway must first receive an entrance permit from the Ministry of Transportation or have a legally existing entrance prior to the issuance of a building permit from the Municipality of Meaford.

Those properties which abut a provincial highway or are within 600 feet of a highway must either receive a land use permit or an exemption from the MTO prior to the issuance of a building permit from the Municipality of Meaford. Please contact the MTO for more information. 

Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) 519-376-3860

Some situations require approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources prior to any development happening on certain land areas. To learn more on MNR approval and requirements, please contact the number listed above.  

Cloudpermit Step-by-Step Guides

Click here to watch the instructional video on how to submit a building permit with Cloudpermit.

 

1. How to create a building permit application 

 

2. How to invite parties to an application

 

3. How to upload attachments to an application

 

4. How to sign off and submit a building permit application 

 

For additional support, please visit Cloudpermit - Support

Cloudpermit FAQ's

What is Cloudpermit?

Cloudpermit is an online permit application website (not an app) that allows the applicant to track their entire project, from submission of their application to the completion of the project. 

Cloudpermit is designed to better help homeowners, contractors and consultants submit their building permit application. Providing them the ease and comfort of tracking their application while communicating with Building Services staff anywhere they want. 

Why are we Using Cloudpermit?
  • The Municipality of Meaford has decided to switch to Cloudpermit to provide the public with an easier way to apply for a building permit and track the progress from start to finish. These are some of the features that led to the municipality's decision to go to Cloudpermit:
    • Invite all parties involved in your project (contractors, consultants, trades, designers etc.) and communicate with anyone who is invited to the project through the message system. The messaging system will also notify all parties through email when there is a new message.
    • Uploading attachments can be done by searching through your files and selecting the pdf or simply dragging the pdf into the drop box in Cloud Permit. Any revised drawings or documentation can be uploaded straight into the location of the previous submission, specifying it as the newest version. All original pdf’s submitted will be saved as a previous version.
    • Issued permits can be downloaded right from your application page once the application has been approved by the CBO.
    • Inspections can be booked easily through your application page once the permit has been issued. Inspection reports have never been easier to understand, with the ability to upload and view photos of deficiencies or documentation that are required to pass an inspection. 
When Will Cloudpermit be Launched?
  • Cloudpermit is available to the public now and is currently in a testing phase. 

Who do I Contact for Help with Cloudpermit?

You can contact the building department by phone at 519-538-1060 ext. 1127, by email building@meaford.ca

What is my Next Step Once my Application has been Submitted? 

You will need to make payment for the application by mail or in person at our office. You will receive emails with updates from Cloudpermit during each stage of the process.

When you have reached the payment part of your online application, we have set up the following options to serve you best:

  1. Mail your payment via cheque to the 15 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford Ontario, Canada N4L 1V4. Please indicate "Building Services" on the envelope and include your name, address and roll number in your submission.
  2. After hours, you can drop off your cheque and information to our drop box located at 21 Trowbridge Street W, Meaford.
  3. Visit us in person and make your payment using cheque, debit or cash. The Development Services Office is located at 15 Trowbridge Street West, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Require some extra support? We have set up a self-serve kiosk at the front desk of the Development Services Office with a staff member there to walk you through the system and answer your questions.  
Where will I find my Building Permit and Approved Drawings? 

You can find your building permit and approved drawings under the address of the property at the top of your application page titled 'Download Permit'. You will now have access to the permit and drawings. Please make sure that the building permit is posted on the property and visible from the road prior to construction starting.

How do I Access Inspections in Cloudpermit?

Inspections can be found under the work tab of your application.
Visit Cloudpermit’s support page for additional information.



Application and Inspection Process Information 
Inviting Parties 

Click here to open the CloudPermit Inviting Parties Guide

  • Disclaimer: Applicants can invite all parties involved in the project. Communication between all parties can be made through the public message board or directly to individual party members. 
Uploading Attachments 

Click here to open the Cloudpermit Uploading Attachments Guide

  • Disclaimer: Any revised drawings or documentation can be uploaded straight into the location of the previous submission and are specified as the newest version. All original pdf’s submitted will be saved as a previous version. The municipality doesn’t organize the attachments for the applicant, and request that all attachments be properly organized. 
Payment of Fees

Click here to open the Cloudpermit Payment of Fees Guide

  • Disclaimer: Online payments are not available at this time. Payments can be made by mail or in person by debit, cheque or cash at the municipal office from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please note, applications are not deemed complete, and a review won’t begin until payment is made.  
Sign-off of Application 

 Click here to open the Sign-off Application Guide

  • Disclaimer: Applications are not submitted or deemed complete until the application is signed off. Please note that the Building Services staff can not see your application when it is in a “Draft” status, but we can provide guidance if you reach out to our office. 
Booking Inspections 

Click here to open the Booking Inspections Guide

  • Disclaimer: Inspections can be booked through your application in Cloudpermit. Please note that your inspection is not booked until you receive confirmation from the Building Services staff. 
Inspection Reports 

Click here to open the Inspection Reports Guide

  • Inspection Reports will be visible within 24 hours after the inspection has occurred in Cloudpermit. If an inspection fails, all noted deficiencies must be addressed before the next inspection. 
Completion of Project  
  • A final inspection is required for all projects but may be completed during the same time as another inspection if no other work is outstanding. The project is not complete until all required documentation has been received and all inspections have passed. Please note that all deposits taken upon issuance of the permit will be returned once a final inspection has been passed and all applicable departments have provided confirmation with our Finance Department.  
Building Permit Fees

Minimum $200.00 non-refundable down payment to be paid upon submission of application.

When you have reached the payment part of your online application, we have set up the following options to serve you best:

  1. Mail your payment via cheque to the 15 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford Ontario, Canada N4L 1V4. Please indicate "Building Services" on the envelope and include your name, address and roll number in your submission.
  2. After hours, you can drop off your cheque and information to our drop box located at 21 Trowbridge Street W, Meaford.
  3. Visit us in person and make your payment using cheque, debit or cash. The Development Services Office is located at 15 Trowbridge Street West, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Require some extra support? We have set up a self-serve kiosk at the front desk of the Development Services Office with a staff member there to walk you through the system and answer your questions.  

Fee Breakdown will be provided by the Building Officials and must be paid in full prior to issuance of the permit.

 

Note: Building Permit Fees paid or invoices submitted to applicant in 2023 but Building Permits not issued in 2023, may need to be recalculated in 2024 to accommodate revised County and Municipal rates before Building Permits are issued in 2024.  When Building Permit applications are complete and permit is ready to be issued a new (revised) Building Permit Invoice will be forwarded to applicant and revised payment received in 2024 before a Building Permit can be released.

Development Charges

Certain types of Development in the Municipality of Meaford may require the payment of Development Charges as well. You may be required to pay Development Charges for land development or redevelopment projects if you plan to:

  • Construct a new building
  • Make an addition or alteration to an existing building that increases the number of residential units or the non-residential gross floor area
  • Redevelop a property or make interior alterations that result in a change of use to all or part of a building

You may also need to pay Development Charges for the County of Grey. County Development Charges will only apply to new residential development.

Note: Building Permit Fees paid or invoices submitted to applicant in 2023 but Building Permits not issued in 2023, may need to be recalculated in 2024 to accommodate revised County and Municipal rates before Building Permits are issued in 2024.  When Building Permit applications are complete and permit is ready to be issued a new (revised) Building Permit Invoice will be forwarded to applicant and revised payment received in 2024 before a Building Permit can be released.

 

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