Required documents to acquire a Building Permit

​​​​Required documents in order to acquire a Building Permit may include but are not limited to those listed on this page. See below for a brief explanation of the types of drawings/documents required to acquire a Building Permit.

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​What is a si​te plan?

A Site Plan is a drawing showing the complete property and identifying all structures in relation to property boundaries. It should include:

  • Scale
  • North arrow
  • Lot lines and dimensions
  • Existing and proposed construction and dimensions
  • Etc. 

What is a floor p​lan?

A floor plan is a scale diagram of the arrangement of rooms in one story of a building. It should include:

  • Scale
  • Use of rooms and spaces
  • Dimensions
  • Extent of existing demolished and new construction
  • Size, type and location of exterior and interior walls and partitions
  • Widths, locations and lintel size of all new openings
  • Location, dimensions and direction of stairs
  • Sectional arrows
  • References to detailed drawings
  • Material specifications or notes
  • Heating details and calculations
  • Etc. 

What are eleva​tions?

Elevations show the exterior view of each side of the house. Each elevation is identified by the direction it is facing and should include:

  • Scale
  • Extent of existing demolished and new construction 
  • Vertical dimensions of walls, windows and doors
  • Grade level
  • Exterior wall cladding, finishes and flashing
  • Overhang dimensions
  • Roof shape, slope and finish
  • Rainwater leader and eaves trough
  • Etc. 

What are Sections & ​Details ?

A section represents a view of the house along an imaginary line at a particular location and illustrates construction details. The extent of the sections should correspond with the sectional arrows shown on the plans. Sections should include:

  • Scale
  • Details of footings, foundations, walls floors and the roof
  • Distance from grade to floor and underside of footing
  • Attic and crawl space ventilation
  • Etc. 

Mechani​​cal Drawings

Mechanical drawings are required to ensure the furnace selected has the capacity to heat or cool your house. These requirements may include heat loss and heat gain calculations to determine the capacity of the furnace required and drawings of the duct design and layout (by a qualified designer). This information is generally available from the mechanical/heating contractor.