Building Services

Building Services


Building Services is responsible for the administration of the Building Code Act of Ontario in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the issuing of building, and site inspections. The Act provides for the regulation of building activities in the province and delegates the responsibility for enforcement of the Building Code to local municipalities.

Permits are required for most construction activities, including sheds greater than 108 square feet, swimming pools, decks greater than 24” above grade. Accurate drawings and a site plan are necessary in order that the project may be assessed for compliance with the Code and other applicable laws including zoning by-laws. 

Applications are completed at Building Services in the Town Offices. To complete an application basic information including name and address of the owner and contractor, 2 sets of drawings and site plan and an accurate project description is required. Location details including lot and plan number of the property are helpful. The building permit fee is required to be paid at the time of application for a permit.  Prior to issuance of permits it is sometimes necessary to obtain the approvals of other agencies or other levels of government depending on the type of project or project location. It is often beneficial to contact Building Services at 905-468-3266 ext 256 early in the planning of a project to ascertain if other approvals may be required.

Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish>>
Sample Site Plan>>
Commitment to General Review (for Architects and Engineers) >>
Building Permit Fees >>
Water on Construction Fee >>
Development Charges: January 2019 and September 2019 >>
Building Permit By-law >>
Swimming Pool By-law >>
Swimming Pool, Hot Tub and Landscape Pond Information >>
Site Alteration By-law >>
Frequently Asked Questions >>

For more information, please contact:

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Building Services
1593 Four Mile Creek Road
Virgil, Ontario L0S 1T0

Rolf Wiens
Manager of Enforcement/Chief Building Official
905-468-3061, ext. 249

John Kawula
Building Inspector
905 468-3061, ext. 235

Drawings & Documentation Upload

Drawings and documentation may be uploaded to In the "Subject" space input the lot and street numbers, and street name. In the "Message" space input "Attn. Building Department" and any additional information you would like to add.