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Building Permits & Permits to Move

Building Permits
All structures built or moved in to the RM that are larger than 100 square feet require a Building Permit. To apply for a Building Permit, the RM requires the application form be filled out correctly, a site plan, and 2 copies of the building plans. The site plan should show the distances of the building from the property lines, any existing structures or bodies of water, the location of the driveway, and if known, any utility lines that are on the property. All buildings built or moved must adhere to the municipal setbacks. There is a $100 application fee for the building permit that is due at the time of the application.

Once the permit application, site plan, application fee, and building plans have been received by the municipality, the municipal staff will forward the application to their building officials, MA Inspections - Building & Fire Code Enforcement and Consulting, so that they may complete a plan review to ensure the building plans meet the minimum Canadian Building Standards. The plan review can take up to 3 weeks to complete depending on MA Inspections' schedule and the time of year in which the application has been made.

Once MA Inspections has completed the plan review, the municipality will issue the building permit to the applicant. The permit will expire 12 months from the issue date on the permit. The building permit is not valid until it has been picked up and paid for. Permit must be picked up in person from the Municipal Office. The municipal staff will contact the applicant to inform them of the cost for the permit. Permit fees are based on the estimated cost of construction. MA Inspections have a set formula they use to calculate the estimated cost of construction based on the average costs for materials and labour in the area. If the estimated cost of construction submitted on the application is lower than that calculated by MA Inspection, they will set the estimate to match their calculations.

A copy of the Plan Review Report will be included with the permit. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the building is constructed to meet building codes and that all requirements set out in the Plan Review Report are met. The Plan Review Report will include an inspection schedule. The owner of the property will be responsible for contacting MA Inspections to book all necessary inspections and to ensure that all deficiencies reported in the inspections are completed prior to proceeding to the next step of construction.

Building Permit Fee Schedule
Residential:  $140 plus $3.70 / $1,000 Value of Construction
With minimum fees as indicated:      

Deck / Detached Garage Minimum Fee: $265
Basement Development / Small Addition to Dwelling Minimum Fee:  $290
Single Family Dwellings /Large Additions to Dwelling Minimum Fee: $390

Commercial / Industrial: Value of Construction Fee / $1,000 value of construction
$0 to $5,000,000                    $3.70 /$1,000 with a minimum fee of $300
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000      $18,500 plus $3/$1000 of the valuation over $5,000,000
Over $10,000,000                   $33,500 plus $2/$1000 of the valuation over 10,000,000

Application Form for Building Permit

Permit To Move a Building
All buildings being moved in or out of the RM require a Permit to Move a Building. The fee for a the permit is $100 and is due at the time of the application. We also require a $1000 deposit also be paid at the time of the application. The deposit may be returned to the applicant after the move is complete if, upon inspection, the foreman has deemed that there is no damage or alterations to municipal property as a result of the move. If damage does occur as a result of the move, the municipality will keep the deposit to put towards the cost of repairs. If costs exceed the amount of the deposit, the difference will be billed to the property owner of the property in which the building was moved to/from.

For a building being moved out of the RM, we require the application form for a Permit to Move a Building be filled out correctly and all fees be paid prior to the building being moved. Applicant will need to contact the RM office immediately after the building has been moved so that the foreman may conduct an inspection.

For a building being moved in, the building will require a Pre-Move Inspection done by MA Inspections to ensure the structure is sound. A copy of the Pre-Move Inspection Report, the completed application form, building plans for the foundation/renovations if any, all required fees, and pictures of the building are required for the application to move in a building. The application and all supplimental documents will be submitted to the RM Council for approval at the next regularily scheduled Council Meeting for approval. Council approval must be granted prior to the permit being issued. Approval from the RM Council must be received prior to a building permit being issued. We suggest applying for the Permit to Move a Building a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the expected start date for the construction of the foundation for the building being moved in to allow time for the approval process of the Permit to Move and the Building Permit.

Application Form for Permit to Move a Building