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City Approvals & Permits

Cities or Towns; Zoning, Site Plan Approval, and Building Permits.

Zoning (Zoning Amendment and Official Amendment)  is a device of land use bylaws and regulation used by local governments. The word is derived from the practice of designating permitted uses of land based on mapped zones which separate one set of land uses from another. Zoning may be use-based (regulating the uses to which land may be put), or it may regulate building height, lot coverage, and similar characteristics, or some combination of these. Theoretically, the primary purpose of zoning is to segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible. In practice, zoning is used to prevent new development from interfering with existing residents or businesses and to preserve the "character" of a community. Planning is the term used for a branch of public policy which encompasses various disciplines who seek to order and regulate the use of land in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land-use conflicts. A planning consultant will be selected and contracted for this part of the work together with engineering and architectural.
Subdivision - our team assists in dividing the land into pieces that are easier to sell or otherwise develop.

Site Plan Approval site plan is an architectural plan, landscape architecture document, and a detailed engineering drawing of proposed improvements to a given lot. A site plan "usually shows a building footprint, travel ways, parking, drainage facilities, sanitary sewer lines, water lines, trails, lighting, and landscaping and garden elements".  Such a plan of a site is a "graphic representation of the arrangement of buildings, parking, drives, landscaping and any other structure that is part of a development project".  A site plan is a "set of construction drawings that a builder or contractor uses to make improvements to a property. Counties can use the site plan to verify that development codes are being met and as a historical resource. Site plans are often prepared by a design consultant who must be either a licensed engineer, architect, landscape architect or land survey".
Buildings Permits is your formal permission from the City or Town to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property. The Building Department staff must review plans to ensure that they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning By-laws, and other applicable regulations. Buildings Codes and Regulations – Ontario Building Code - The City/Town Building Department -The building code is a collection of regulations and requirements which pertain to a specific subject as existing and fire protection systems that regulate specific practices such as building design, construction, and renovations. All codes have the same purpose no matter what the specific subject may be: to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by reducing potential hazards to the building occupants. This includes protection from tragedy due to fire, structural collapse and general deterioration of the structures that surround us, such as our homes, schools, stores, manufacturing facilities, and other buildings. A building code consultant will be selected and contracted for this part of the work.

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