Building Services

Building permits and tools

Building Services

Building Services reviews permit applications, issues permits and conducts inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code, the Municipality's Zoning By-law and other legislation.

A Building Permit is your formal permission from the Municipality of Leamington to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.

The Municipality of Leamington is now offering to residents, builders and the business community a new building  permit software called Cloudpermit. With this online system, it will allow you to complete the entire building permit process from anywhere at any time.

 With Cloudpermit, not only are you able to apply for different types of building permits but you can:

  • Check your status of your building permit or building inspection
  • Request and submit changes to an existing building permit
  • Schedule or cancel building inspections
  • Communicate with your building department

Payment Options

Once you have been notified by the Building Department, either by phone or Cloudpermit notification, regarding your permit fee, we accept the following forms of payment:

  • Cheque, bank or money order payable to "The Municipality of Leamington"
  • Debit during normal business hours
  • Credit Card - Coming Soon
  • The Municipality no longer accepts cash payment

Leamington Building Services also accepts building permit applications by email at and through the drop box located at the entrance to the Municipal Building off of Queens Avenue.  All applications will be dated and processed in queue.  The mandated timelines for permit review and inspections have been lifted by our government and are not applicable as per the Ontario Building Code (OBC) Part 1, Div. C, and 

Building Permits and Approvals

Most construction, renovations, alterations and demolitions require one or more Building Permits. The process begins when you submit a completed application form together with the supporting documents and applicable fees. 

2023 Building Permit Fees

It is your responsibility to contact the municipality to conduct the required inspections once your construction begins.

Register or Login to Cloudpermit

Building Permit Application Form

Building Permit Encroachment Application Form

 What is a Building? 

 The Building Code Act of Ontario defines a building as:

  • a structure occupying an area greater than 10 square metres (108 sq. ft.) consisting of a wall, roof and floor, or any of them or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures and service systems appurtenant thereto,
  • a structure occupying an area of 10 square metres (108 sq. ft.) or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing appurtenant thereto,
  • plumbing not located in a structure, (c.1) a sewage system or
  • structures designated in the building code. The Building Code Act states that: no person shall construct or demolish or cause a building to be constructed or demolished in a municipality unless a permit has been issued therefore by the Chief Building Official.

The Building Code Act also defines construct to mean the doing of anything in the erection, installation, extension, material alteration or repair of a building which also includes installation of a building unit fabricated or moved from elsewhere

 When is a Building Permit Required?

 You will need a building permit for any of the following:

  • construct a new building
  • additions to any building having a combined area of 10m (108 sq. ft.) or more • renovation or repair to a building
  • demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
  • change a building's use
  • new or structural alterations to windows or doors
  • build a garage, carport, shed, porch or sunroom
  • excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • new or altered plumbing
  • an accessory structure larger than 108 sq. ft. in area
  • a deck more than 2 ft. above ground
  • a wood burning stove or fireplace installation
  • a basement entrance
  • a second suite
  • dormers or finishing of attic space
  • installation, repair of storm, sanitary and water service
  • finishing a basement or a portion thereof
  • installation of cleanouts
  • conversion from septic to sanitary sewer
  • plumbing and / or drains (except replacing fixtures)
  • insulating exterior walls when exterior or interior cladding is removed
  • installation and repairs to sewage systems (septic systems and holding tanks)
  • structural fire damage
 When is a Building Permit Not Required?

 You do not require a Building Permit for the following:

  • detached accessory structures (gazebo, shed, etc.) which measure less than (160 square feet) in area and contain no plumbing
  • fences (other than for swimming pools)
  • open decks not forming part of a principle entrance to a dwelling unit and less than (24 inches) above grade
  • roof shingling for existing residential dwellings
  • replacing siding or windows using same size of openings provided there are no structural changes


Note: Although a building permit may not be required, you must still comply with the requirements of the Zoning By-law and Ontario Building Code requirements

Link to Ontario Building Code (OBC)

Link to the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA)



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Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
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