Planning and Building

Planning and Building

Prior to Starting Your Project 

Contact the Department of Development and Works at 613.432.8166 or email twebster@renfrew.ca when you are in the planning stages of your project to determine the specific building and zoning requirements for your property; do not wait until the last minute.

What Residential Projects Need a Building Permit?

You need a building permit if you intend to:

  • Erect, install, extend, alter or repair a building.
  • Demolish all or part of a building.
  • Perform construction or alterations that result in a material change to a building or an accessory structure.

How much are Building Permit Fees?

Building permit fees are determined by Town of Renfrew By-law 29-2016.

Planning Approval

Projects must:

  • Comply with zoning by-laws.
  • Meet the requirements in Renfrew’s zoning by-laws for size, setback and location.
  • Your building permit will not be approved if the work does not comply with zoning by-laws.

Who's responsible for scheduling a building inspection?

The building permit holder, who can be the owner or contractor, is responsible for:

  • Calling to arrange inspections at the required inspection stages.
  • Ensuring construction meets the Ontario Building Code.
  • Make sure you set up your inspections on time to avoid delays.

Please note: Contractors can also schedule building inspections on the permit holder’s behalf.