Step 4: Required Inspections & Booking Inspections

Do I Need Any Inspections?

Yes, required inspections are listed on the back of the building permit . Approved permit drawings must be available on the project site for the purpose of inspections. The building permit placard must be posted so it can be easily seen on your property prior to starting work. You can begin your construction project any time after receiving the issued permit. 

Please note: inspections need to be scheduled in a specific order based on the current stage of construction 

  • Example #1: ensure the footing forms have been inspected prior to pouring concrete
  • Example #2: do not proceed with dry-walling until you have acquired an acceptable 1. framing inspection 2. insulation inspection

Inspection reports will be sent by email to the Reporting Contact on file (this is usually the applicant.)

Local utilities such as hydro (Innpower, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)), natural gas provider and water (InnServices) operate independently from the municipality and should be contacted regarding their specific approval and inspection requirements. All utilities must be contacted prior to commencing any excavation to determine the location of any nearby underground services.

Stages of Inspection

The examples below are typical of a new home construction. The required inspections may vary depending on your project.

Excavation/footings Inspection

This is a visual inspection for soil bearing capacity and footing sizes. Foundations are intended to safely carry their own weight and the loads transferred to them. This inspection must occur before concrete is poured.

Exterior Sewers/Inside/Outside Drains Inspection

The inspector looks for appropriate installation of exterior storm and sanitary drains including material type, slope, colour (green for sanitary and white for storm), fittings, etc.

Foundation Walls – Before Damp-proofing Inspection

The inspector looks for size of foundation wall and that all water and damp-proofing measures have been installed including weepers, stone, bituminous material, etc.

Structural Framing Inspection (includes all rough-ins for HVAC, plumbing, electrical)

At this point, the inspector examines the structural integrity of wall systems, floor systems, roof systems, means of egress, fire and sound control, mechanical systems, windows and fireplaces.

Insulation Inspection

The inspector looks for compliance with thermal resistance, air barrier and vapour barrier requirements. In addition, all previously identified deficiencies are also inspected, as this is the last inspection before covering.

Occupancy Inspection

The inspector verifies that all life safety measure are in place in accordance with the Ontario Building Code. This may include smoke alarms, CO detectors, guards and railings and the site is free of construction debris. 

Final Inspection

At this point, all systems are operational and the construction is complete. Final lot grading (lot grading certification) must be completed before booking a final inspection. A Final Lot Grading Certificate is issued by the designing engineer.

Please remember to work safely!

Continue to Step 5: Finalizing & Closing Your Permit