New homes and additions

Permits are required to build new homes or additions. You may need additional planning or engineering approval before a permit is issued. 

Forms

You need a set of drawings and the following forms to make an application:

Requirements

Designer qualifications

Who may design a residential addition:

  • an Architect, Professional Engineer or qualified BCIN designer is permitted to take responsibility for the design
  • the homeowner is permitted to prepare and take responsibility for the design of a residential addition on their property, provided they understand and are willing to take responsibility for the applicable requirements of the Ontario Building Code

Drawings and documentation

Drawings you submit must include:

  • up-to-date site plan/survey showing the location of addition including dimensions to all property lines and other existing buildings and structures
  • foundation plan
  • floor plans fully dimensioned with room names, framing information, structural information, door and window size and lintel sizes
  • location of plumbing fixtures
  • cross section with all materials and dimensions noted
  • truss layout sealed by professional engineer (if proposed)
  • exterior elevations showing heights, grades, exterior materials, opening sizes and roof slopes
  • HVAC calculations where total bedrooms is increases to six or more
  • P. Eng stamped design, manufacturer's technical information and torque calculations where helical piers are proposed 

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

Payment are required when you file your application. Development charges may also apply.

Permit type Fee
New area to be added $0.80/sq.ft
Renovated area $0.35/sq.ft
Finish or renovate any area of a basement $200.00
Minimum charge applicable to all building permits $75.00

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