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Covid-19 protocols

Update: January 28, 2021

The SNBSC planning office is open to walk-in clients. The office will be staffed from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Provincially-mandated masking and social distancing protocols must be observed.

Building permit/subdivision applications:

Digital submissions of development permit and building permit applications will be processed, although additional delays may result. Digital forms available here.

Building inspections:

Our zone, and the York County zone we also serve, are currently in "orange" state. At this time, we will only conduct mandatory inspections (foundation, framing, ICF pre-pour, fire-rated assemblies, final inspections) or inspections required as a result of an enforcement or defect arising from a previous inspection. During this time, we will make every effort to avoid contact with contractors, usually by ensuring inspections occur during breaks when workers are not actively on-site.

Due to concerns about client health - and the health of our staff - we will not be conducting final inspections (where we inspect things like smoke alarms, guards, etc.) for renovations in occupied residential properties until the "Orange" status is removed. Permits are still required, as are these mandatory inspections - they will just be delayed. We do, however, request that contractors and owners arrange for new residential structures to undergo a final inspection before occupancy.

Prior to an inspection, we will require a declaration from the homeowner and/or general contractor that none of the individuals on-site are exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms. Additionally, for your protection, our inspectors are required to have a temperature check prior to leaving for a job-site. We are also mandating our inspectors use masks if social distancing is not possible, and engage in appropriate hand-washing or sanitizing practices.

Please contact a building inspector to arrange for required inspections. (For more, see here.) We politely remind people that we should be called for residential final inspections before the home is occupied. 

We thank you for your understanding at this time.

 -Updated Wednesday, January 28, 2020