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Building FAQs

Building By-law

County Road Setbacks

Flood Plain, Drainage System and River Setbacks

Sample Drawings

Septic Information

Source Water Protection

Solar Panels

Typical Questions and Answers

Woodstoves

Zoning Setback Requirements

The Building Department ensures that construction within the municipality meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code, and in doing so, protects the Public’s health, safety and welfare. This helps protect your investment and contributes to a better standard of development for the community.

Building By-law

Township Council has passed By-law 01-2006 to regulate fees and permit application requirements. Click hereto access the Building By-law.

Schedule A has been amended as of April 1, 2016.  Click here to view Schedule A of the Building By-law.

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County Road Setbacks

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have setback requirements when building on a property that abuts a County Road. Please contact the County to ensure that you meet their setback requirement if your property abuts a County Road.  Click here to access the Counties’ Setback Permit Application.
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Flood Plain, Drainage System and River Setbacks

The Township sets out specific setback requirements when building near or within a flood plain, drainage system or river. The Township’s Zoning By-law sets out the requirements for development within or near these natural features.  Click here to access zoning information.

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Sample Drawings

Sample drawing are available as a guiding tool only.

Click here to access sample

Click here to access sample Agricultural Drawings
Click here to access sample Pool Site Plan
Click here to access sample Deck Drawings
Click here to access sample Residential Addition Drawings
Click here to access sample Residential Renovation Drawings

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Septic Information

The South Nation Conservation Authority is responsible for inspecting and issuing septic permits for the Township of North Dundas. For further information, Click here to access the South Nation Conservation website.

Additional information can be found on care and treatment as well as the inspection program on the South Nation website. For further information Click here to access South Nations Septic Fact Sheet (PDF).

For information about onsite wastewater or to locate a professional Click here to visit the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association.

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Source Water Protection

The Province of Ontario passed the Clean Water Act in 2006 to protect local sources of drinking water. Through the Clean Water Act, the province has been broken up into smaller regions to pass and enact Source Water Protection Plans. Click here to access information on the Source Water Protection Plan.

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Solar Panels

The Township requires a building permit for solar panels that are attached to a building. Truss re-enforcement designs and/or a truss analysis done by a professional engineer are required. To access an application for the installation of roof-mounted solar panels click here.

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Typical Building Questions and Answers

Click here to access a list of typical building questions and answers

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What’s New in the Building Code

As of January 1, 2012, all applications for building permits must conform to the enhanced energy efficiency requirements set out under the Ontario Building Code. Houses must meet the performance level that is equal to a rating of 80 or more as set out in the EnerGuide Rating System or conform to the Supplementary Standard SB-12 as set out in the Building Code. To access the Energy Efficiency Design Summary (Part 9 Residential), click here (DOC).

The updated building code requires an occupancy permit for certain types of residential development. These requirements will apply to buildings intended for residential occupancy that include single detached family houses.

For further information, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by clicking here.

Woodstoves

A permit is required in order to install a woodstove. When applying for a permit you must include the manufacturer’s specifications of the woodstove and a drawing of where the woodstove is to be located. Click here to access a building permit application for installing a woodstove.

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Zoning Setback Requirements

Before a permit is issued, the site plan for the proposed building/structure is used to determine zoning compliance. Click here to access information to assist with ensuring that all specifications within the Zoning By-law are met or call the Township’s Planning and Building Department at telephone number 613-774-2105.

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