Building Services


The Municipality of Port Hope Building Services reviews permit applications, issues permits, and conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and the Municipality of Port Hope Zoning By-law as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction and plumbing are consistent throughout the Province of Ontario.

Building Permits regulate the type of construction allowed in our community and ensure that building standards are met. The objective of a building permit is to protect the homeowner as well as the community by ensuring that any structural change is safe, legal, and sound.

Applications for Building Permits can be made Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Municipal Development Team Office.

Office Location:

5 Mill Street South
Port Hope, L1A 2S6
Tel: 905.885.2431
Fax: 905.885.0507

You must obtain a building permit before you do any of the following (not limited to this list):

  • Construct a new building larger than 108 ft2 (10 m2)
  • Renovate, repair or add to a building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
  • Change a building's use
  • Install, change or remove partitions and load-bearing walls
  • Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows
  • Build a garage, balcony or deck or enclose an existing deck
  • Build a utility shed over 108 ft2 (10 m2)
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Install or modify any life safety or fire suppression system such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or fixed extinguishing systems
  • Install or modify heating, plumbing, and air conditioning systems, fireplaces, fireplace inserts and woodstoves
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cupboards with plumbing
  • Reconstruct a chimney
  • Build a roofless deck over two feet (0.61 metres) in height that is not attached to a building
  • Finish a basement or convert a room to a bedroom
  • Install a pool or hot tub
  • Erect signage

 You Do Not Need a Building Permit To:

  • Replace existing, same-size doors and windows, subject to distance from property lines
  • Install siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from property lines
  • Build a utility shed under 108ft2 (10 m2)
  • Reshingle a roof, provided there is no structural work
  • Install eavestroughs, provided that drainage is contained on your property
  • Paint or decorate
  • Reinstall/replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • Erect a fence (except swimming pools and outside hot tubs require permits)
  • Electrical work (the Electrical Safety Authority, however, must inspect electrical installations)

If you are unsure if a Building Permit is required, please contact our office at 905.885.2431

Prior to Building Services involvement or permit application, documented project approval from the Municipal Planning Division is required. Municipal Planners must be contacted at the Development Team Office at 905.885.2431.

1.  Building Permit Application to Construct or Demolish
Required application for permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation. As part of the Building Permit process, staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code and other applicable law.

Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish

2. Building Permit Application for Sign, Patio, Pool
Required application for permission to install signage, patio, or above/in ground pools. As part of the Building Permit process, staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code and other applicable law.

Building Permit for a sign, patio or pool

3. Commitment to review by Architect and Engineer
An owner who constructs or arranges to have constructed certain buildings specified in the Ontario Building Code must by law retain an architect and/or professional engineers to carry out reviews during construction to determine whether the construction is in general conformity with the building permit documents.

General Review Commitment Form

4. Agent Authorization Form
An individual can give someone the authorization letter to sign the important legal documents. An authorization letter can be handy when someone is not able to receive their package and thus is allowing another person on their behalf through an authorization letter to collect the relevant package.

Agent Authorization Form

5. Schedule 1: Designer Information
Complete this form for each individual who reviews and takes responsibility for design activities with respect to your project.

Schedule 1: Designer Information

6. Schedule 2: Sewage System Installer Information

Schedule 2: Sewage System Installer Information

7. Plumbing Permit Application
The Municipality of Port Hope issues Plumbing and On Site Sewage permits for properties located within the Municipality’s boundaries. Complete the Plumbing and On Site Sewage Permit Application and submit to the Municipality of Port Hope Building Services Division. Please contact the Municipality of Port Hope Building Department to schedule your inspection at 905.885-2431.

Plumbing Permit

8. Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Prescriptive) Residential
This form is used by a designer to demonstrate that the energy efficiency design of a house complies with the Building Code using the prescriptive method.

Energy Efficiency Design Summary: Prescriptive Method (Residential)

9. Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Performance) Residential

Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Performance)

10. Tent Pre-Permit Clearance Form
Tents installed within the Municipality of Port Hope which exceed 10m² require a Building Permit regardless of the length of time the tent will be installed. There is no charge to obtain a Building Permit for a tent. This form along with the required documentation must be submitted prior to a Building Permit being issued.

Tent Pre-Permit Clearance

11. Special Event Sign Notification Form
Required notification for temporary signage for Special Events within the Municipality of Port Hope. There is no fee for this application. Without proper documentation, signs may be impounded and a reclaiming fee may be charged.

Special Events Sign Notification Form

12. Construction Monitoring Program Consent Form 
All excavations in the Urban Area require completion of a Consent Form from the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Construction Monitoring Program. 

Construction Monitoring Program Form

Payment is required prior to a Building Permit being issued. Payment can be made by cash, debit or cheque. Please see the 2020 Building Services Fees and Charges for the complete Fee Schedule.

Chief Building Official, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Mark Perkin, Ext. 2509,

Building Inspector, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Steve White, Ext. 2510,

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Pam Hohner, Ext. 2517,

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Joe Serrao, Ext. 2512,

Customer Service Assistant
Ext. 2500,