Building Services


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As a homeowner, if you are planning to construct a new building, construct an addition or renovate an existing building you will need to ensure that you have applied for and obtained the required permits before any construction begins.  

Building Permits are required for all new buildings, renovations, and additions, including, but not limited to, adding a room, finishing the basement, building a garage, remodelling the interior of your home, change of use buildings, or replacing a deck.

Effective February 16, 2021, a Road Damage Deposit for issuing Building Permits are required. The purpose of the deposit is to establish the protocols in respect of the managing road and culvert damage related to works undertaken as part of a Building Permit.

The Municipality of Whitestone is responsible for enforcing the Ontario Building Code and issuing permits for construction, renovations, demolition and certain change of use buildings.


Contacts

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Chief Building Official:

Position NamePhone NumberFaxEmail
Interim Chief Building Official
Debbie Swim705-389-2466
Ext. 126
 705-389-1855
cbo@whitestone.ca


Seek advice from a qualified environmental professional if you are unsure about whether your project requires a review by DFO.

Contact a Fisheries Protection Office near you if you have reviewed the information, sought professional advice and still have questions.

In all cases, it is your responsibility to ensure you follow any additional requirements from other federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions and ensure compliance with the Species at Risk Act and the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act.

This information was last updated on November 18, 2014. It is strongly recommended that you visit this website often to receive the most recent DFO advice. You can also view a detailed log of recent changes to the guidance.

Types of Waterbodies Where DFO Review Is Not Required

If your project is taking place in one of the following existing waterbody types, you do not need to submit your project for review to DFO.  You are still required to avoid causing serious harm to fish by following best practices such as those described in the measures to avoid harm.

  • Approved marine disposal or dumping sites that have been used in the past 10 years
  • Tailings Impoundment Areas (as listed in Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations)
  • Artificial waterbodies that are not connected to a waterbody that contains fish at any time during any given year, such as:
    • Private ponds
    • Commercial ponds (e.g., golf course ponds, stocked fishing ponds)
    • Stormwater management ponds
    • Irrigation ponds or channels
    • Agricultural drains and drainage ditches
    • Roadside drainage ditches
    • Quarries and aggregate pits
  • Any other waterbody that does not contain fish at any time during any given year, and is not connected to a waterbody that contains fish at any time during any given year

Project Activities and Criteria Where DFO Review Is Not Required

If your project meets the criteria listed below, your project does not require DFO review. You are still required to avoid causing serious harm to fish by following best practices such as those described in the measures to avoid harm.

Application Forms

  1. Download the Ontario Common Building Permit Application Form and Letter of Authorization.
  2. Download Whitestone's Checklist for Building Permit Applications.
  3. Download Whitestone's Required Drawings & Plans.
  4. View interpretations of the Ontario Building Code or ask a building code question.
  5. Download an Inspection Requirements form.
  6. Download an Application For Entrance Permit.
  7. Download the Application For Approval Of An Alternative Solution.
  8. Download the Road Damage Deposit Policy

Items Required for a Complete Application

You must submit all of the following items in order for your application to be complete. If you do not provide all of the information, then the application will be returned as incomplete.

  1. Completed Ontario Common Building Permit Application Form and all applicable schedules.
  2. Two sets of all submitted drawings and plans; all drawings must be legible and to scale
  3. Sewage system approvals for construction of new dwelling units or a review of the existing sewage system if the floor area of any addition exceeds 15% of the dwelling, additional bedroom(s) or plumbing fixtures are added. 
  4. A site plan that shows setbacks of existing and proposed buildings to property lines and to Hydro lines
  5. Permit fees paid in full

Sewage

Approval is required from the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority for a waste disposal system for a new house, cottage, sleep cabin, addition, or change of use, prior to the issuance of a building permit. For more information, call the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority at (705) 746-7566 or visit http://www.nbmca.on.ca online.


Docks 

See Zoning By-Law 07-2018  for details. 

For general information on Dock Permits follow this Link

(The Link includes Zoning By-law information and Illustrated Dock Regulations)


DOCKS PERMITS ON SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCES:

If you would like to place a dock on an un-owned Shore Road Allowance (SRA) please contact the Municipal Office (705-389-2466) for further information.

Generally:

  • You will be required to enter into a Lease with the Municipality (Ten (10)  year lease in consideration of  $1.00 per year).
  • The lease requires you to carry insurance and name the Municipality of Whitestone as also insured.
  • An administration fee of $150.00 will apply.
  • A building permit will be required.


OTHER INFORMATION

Fisheries And Oceans Canada - Projects Near Water

Ministry Of Natural Resources And Forestry