Question and Answer regarding Building permits and Construction during COVID19To better assist you, the Building Division has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding permits and construction during COVID-19.
In accordance with the Provincial Regulation made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, effective Saturday April 04, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Loyalist Township will not be inspecting any construction projects that are not deemed essential by the Provincial Order. All non-essential construction projects are required to cease construction.
Construction projects deemed essential in sections 27 to 31 of the Emergency Order that relate to the following may continue:
- Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector
- Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance
- Critical industrial construction activities required for:
ii. significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
iii. industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Residential construction projects where:
ii. an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
iii. the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
- Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.
Building permit applications will continue to be reviewed for all types of construction. Notwithstanding the issuance of a permit under the authority of the Building Code Act, the provincial regulation orders the closure of all places of non-essential business and that all construction cease and not proceed, except for businesses listed as essential. It is the owner’s responsibility to comply with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until such time as the order is lifted. Please ensure that you review the list of essential construction and/or seek legal opinion before proceeding with any construction works.
Inspections will only be carried out on construction deemed essential by the provincial order. Inspectors will not enter Occupied dwellings to complete inspections. Pursuant to section 30 of the provincial regulation, inspections for residential construction will continue where building permits have been issued by April 4, 2020 for:
a. construction of single family, semi-detached, townhomes, condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, and
b. alterations to residential properties where construction work started before April 4th. Inspectors will not enter Occupied dwellings to complete inspections
This information is provided until further notice, and will be updated pending further direction or clarification from the Province of Ontario.
Loyalist Township building inspectors will be following a new inspection protocol given current social distancing recommendations. Inspectors may not engage in interpersonal contact at sites. Staff will not enter occupied areas of buildings under construction, including residential, industrial, commercial, or institutional buildings.
Staff will also inquire if any persons on the site or related to the site exhibit symptoms of sickness or have become self-isolated; have been to a COVID-19 infected area; or have been in contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19. If the answer to any of these questions is yes, an inspection will not take place until the site is safe for an inspector to visit.
This policy may be subject to revisions as further protocols are put in place.
Electrical Safety Authority - We have been notified that the ESA is not conducting inspections at this time. To facilitate the occupancy permits that may be required so your clients and residents are not inconvenienced, we will not at this time require the ESA final as usual. We will supply a memo for your electrical contractor to complete, to be required at time of occupancy inspection, with the understanding that we will be requiring an ESA certificate when they become available.
Permit consultation and application
- Consultations will take place by phone or email only.
- Application submission may only be made by email, postal mail, or by means of one of the Township's drop box locations. Emails may be sent to the Development Analyst.
- No permit deposits will be collected at this time.
- Applications will be reviewed and staff will respond to the applicant by phone or email.
For permit application packages please visit the building permits page.
Permit pickup and payment - by appointment only
- The assigned inspector will go over the checklist and any other information by phone. Applicants will be asked to mail to drop off the payment cheque (see drop box locations above).
- Once payment is received, staff will contact the applicant to sign the permit (either electronically or in person by appointment. The applicant will be screened over the phone if an in person appointment is required.
- At the time of the appointment, the applicant will be screened again and then will be brought into the lobby.
- A receipt for payment will be emailed to the applicant.
- While the office is closed to the public, water meters will be held at the Manitou office until needed for installation.