Ontario Building Code
The Building Code is a regulation made under the Building Code Act, 1992 and sets out technical requirements for the construction (including renovation) and demolition of buildings, the change of use where the change would result in an increase in hazard and the maintenance and operation of on-site sewage systems.
Purpose of Codes
The Code is essentially a set of minimum provisions respecting the safety of buildings with reference to public health, fire protection, accessibility and structural sufficiency. It is not intended to be a textbook on building design, advice on which should be sought from professional sources. Its primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of uniform building standards.
Uses of Codes
Codes provide standards for the design and construction of homes and businesses. To ensure safety, economy and consistency of construction, architects, engineers, contractors, builders and materials manufacturers use codes. You, as a homeowner, landlord or business owner have a substantial investment that can be seriously jeopardized through code violations. Plan reviews prior to construction and inspections made during construction verify that building code regulations have been followed.
Who Administers the Ontario Building Code?
The Province of Ontario is responsible for the development of cost-effective building regulations, the Ontario Building Code Act and Ontario Building Code. Each municipality is then responsible for the enforcement of the Act and Code in the areas that fall within its jurisdiction.
Planning & Building Services Department
350 City Hall Square West, 4th Floor
P. O. Box 1607
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquires, call 519-255-6267.