Building and Renovating

We can help you with your building and renovating projects in the Township of Cavan Monaghan

What do we do?

Our part in helping you successfully complete your project involves the following:

  • Check to make sure that your project meets all the required laws and regulations.
  • Review your plans and required submissions.
  • Issue permits.
  • Make inspections at different stages of your project.

There are many different types of projects and a number of necessary things to consider.

We understand that trying to find answers to your questions and understanding the answers can be difficult.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible because we want your completed project to be safe and healthy.

How do I start?

  • Did you know that before you can get a building permit, there are other rules and regulations that you need to consider? Without taking care of those things, it could delay, or in some cases change or even stop your project. 
    • That is why it is very important that all projects start by consulting with the Planning department by using the Land use Inquiry form.
  • If you are building or buying a new home, your builder should be registered with TARION.
    • For information on TARION and what they do, you can go to the Homeowner page.
    • There is a TARION Builder Directory where you can find your potential contractor. Once you have entered and found the contractor, you will see their status with TARION. You can find more detailed information by double clicking their company name.

Building permit only?

If you have already communicated with the Planning department and know the process well, you can go straight to the Building Permit Page.

Where can I find more answers?

Click on the items below to go directly to the page that will answer your questions.

 Things you need to know or do
 Project types


The Building department is governed by the:

The Building Code Act lays out the legal requirements for all parties involved in the building process.

The Ontario Building Code lays out the requirements for all parties in more detail and also the specific construction requirements for various types of buildings and other structures.

The Township of Cavan Monaghan Building By-law re-iterates some of the Act and adds additional details as they pertain to the Township. This includes information regarding permit fees and refunds, transfer or abandonment of permits, construction times,  enforcements, and penalties