Municipal Services

Building Permit

Building permits must be obtained before you start work on a new construction or demolition project. Building permits are for the safety of the home owner and any future owners of the property and provide information to MPAC in order to keep property assessments current.

David Barton
Chief Building Official
Earlton, ON
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  • Permits are normally required for:

  • any addition to an existing structure

  • any new structure over 108 square feet

  • porches or decks over 24” high

  • decks that are attached to existing building

  • carports and garages

  • structural alterations to existing buildings

  • moving or lifting an existing building

  • installing a woodstove or fireplace

  • adding windows or doors

  • increase in size of existing windows/doors

  • creating an apartment

  • altering or adding any plumbing

  • demolishing any structure over 108 square feet

  • signs; All signs require a permit except for;

  • signs for regulating traffic, signs in display windows, small signs displayed for directions of the public (directional restroom signs) or signs painted directly on a building

*please contact the building department for clarification if needed* 

Permits NOT normally required for:

  • detached decks less than 24” high

  • detached structures less than 108 square feet

  • replacing roofing or siding

  • replacing windows/doors with same size

  • interior wall, floor, ceiling finishes

  • weeping tile or tarring a basement

  • replacing plumbing fixtures


*Always check with your municipality before starting your project to determine whether a permit is required




  • Prepare drawings which accurately and to scale describe the construction.

  • Visit your local municipal office and complete a building permit application,

  • Provide the required construction and site plan drawings.

  • Pay the permit fee



  • Foundation drawing

  • Floor layout

  • Site Plan

  • Structural cross section

  • Elevations

For more information please visit


Application for a Permit or Demolition Permit


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27 Webster Street P.O. Box 99. Virginiatown, ON


Phone: 705 634-2145

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