Demolitions

A permit is required when a building is being demolished or when a portion of a building is being demolished (not an interior demolition). 

Residential buildings must receive demolition control approval before applying for a permit.

Forms

The following forms are required for a permit application:

Committment to General Review (PDF) may also be applicable. See below for details.

Requirements

Designer qualifications

A professional engineer is required to undertake the general review (PDF) of the project during demolition only where:

  • the building exceeds three storeys in building height or 600 sq.m in building area
  • the building structure includes pre-tensioned members
  • the demolition will extend below the level of the footings of any adjacent building, and occur within the angle of repose of the soil, drawn from the bottom of such footings
  • explosives or lasers are user to be used during the course of demolition

Drawings and documentation

A copy of the property survey noting what is to be demolished must be submitted. Additional drawings may be requested at the discretion of the plans examiner.

Application process

Prior to submission, ensure that all necessary and applicable permissions and approvals are met.

A complete application must be submitted with all the required forms, documents and applicable drawings. Building permit fees (see below) are required at the time of submission. Additional fees such as development charges and parkland will be calculated and invoiced at permit issuance.  

In person

Bring forms and/or digital copies to the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall. We're open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

We accept cash, cheque payable to the City of Waterloo, or debit.

By mail

Send forms and/or digital copies and a cheque payable to the City of Waterloo to:

City of Waterloo 
Building Standards
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337 STN Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8

By email 

Send digital forms to building@waterloo.ca (attachment limit is 10MB total). Submissions larger than 10MB can be uploaded through 2Big4Email.

Submit payment:

  • in person at the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall (cash, cheque payable to the City of Waterloo, or debit accepted)
  • by mail - send cheque payable to the City of Waterloo to:

City of Waterloo 
Building Standards
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337 STN Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8

Note that for email submissions, the permit application will not be accepted until payment is made.

Submission requirements

Digital copies are required for most permit applications. Digital copies are optional for decks, sheds and small residential renovations.

Digital files must be in PDF and complete with a digital signature with BCIN declaration and/or an architect/engineer stamp as applicable.

Submitted files must not be secured or password protected. Files must be extractable.

If submitting by email, send to building@waterloo.ca (attachment limit is 10MB total). Submissions larger than 10MB can be uploaded through 2Big4Email.

If submitting on a digital storage device, use a rewritable disk (DVD-RW or DVD+RW) or a USB memory stick.

Fees

Size of demolition

Fee/sq. ft.

Flat fee
Less than 10,000 sq.ft.   $75.00
10,000 to 20,000 sq.ft.   $200.00

Greater than 20,000 sq.ft.

$0.01