do I need a permit?

what is required...

For building permit purposes the drawings required are typically the same for all Ontario Building Code (OBC) Part 9 buildings specifically a residential building not more than 600m2 per floor and not exceeding 3 stories in height.


A site plan (extra)

is required showing the location of the structure on the Site with relation to the setbacks. Grading and elevation data may be required. A geotechnical engineer and or a surveyor may be required and are not included in the scope of work. Site Plans are in addition to the normal scope of work.

The working drawing plan package consists of ...(included)

Foundation or Basement Plan

Ground Floor Plan

Any Second and Third Floor Plans

Elevations (North, South, East and West)

Cross -Sections and any Details as required

Specifications and General Notes.

Energy Efficiency Design Summary (EEDS) (included)

Under Section SB-12 of the new OBC it is required to supply an EEDS with a building permit application. Based on area calculations of exterior walls and percentages of windows in those walls and based on chosen building materials and construction methods, for the project, the EEDS prescribes certain insulation and mechanical requirements. EEDS's are in addition to the normal scope of work and are provided by ADG with the working drawing package. EEDS's are not required for Additions or Renovations.

A Schedule 1 (included)

is required under section C part 3.2.4, requirements of designers of the amended OBC and is provided by ADG with the working drawing package.

Engineering (extra)

ADG uses the services of a professional engineer to review all projects. It is a small price to pay for piece of mind. Engineering fees and implementation of engineering to working drawings is in addition to the normal scope of work. Engineering fees will be discussed at the outset and are only an approximation. You may choose to use the engineer of your choice.

Also required with your application
(by others)
-heat loss calculations HRAI to be provided by your mechanical contractor.
-a schedule 2 provided by your septic installer should you require a septic system.
-pre-engineered floor joist and roof truss drawings from your manufacturer.
- separate permits are required for Electrical and Plumbing by others.
​-entrance permits and culvert installation and inspection may be required.


 blueprints...did you know?

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing using a contact print process on light- sensitive sheets. Introduced in the 19th century, the process allowed rapid and accurate reproduction of documents used in construction and industry. The blue-print process was characterized by light colored lines on a blue background, a negative of the original.

​The process was largely displaced by the diazo whiteprint process. The original drawing sheets would be fed into a machine together with special light sensitive sheets and a tube light would burn an emulsion off the sheets leaving blue lines on a white sheet. This became known as blueline prints. Later this same process would be used to produce black lines on a white sheet called blackline prints.

Large-format xerographic photocopiers are used today, so reproduced drawings are usually called "prints" or just "drawings".

now you know!

how it works...

  • whether it's a simple garage addition, a cottage, an Estate Home or a Builder/developer condominum or townhome project. Arkitek Design Group (ADG) provides design and working drawing services,
  • for most projects the process is typically the same.
  • we start by laying out the objectives and scope of work.
  • you may provide us with a concept or plan or we can start from scratch with a conceptual design. 
  • ADG uses Chief Architect Premier, a real time real world, 3D architectural development software. Exterior and interiors are developed in a true 3D environment that can be explored from any angle.
  • depending on the complexity of the project and the amount of information provided the initial layout of design schematics can run from a couple of days to a few weeks.
  • once the design schematics have been tweaked and approved the working drawing process begins. Typically this stage requires about twice the time required at the design schematic stage.