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Building Construction and Land Use

Building and Land Use permits are available for either commercial developments or residential developments.

Building and Land Use Policy (PDF - 292 KB).

Residential Construction

If you are considering constructing or renovating a house / barn / shed, drilling a well, installing a swimming pool, etc. close to or adjacent a provincial highway, you may require a residential Building and Land Use Permit. A permit may be obtained by submitting the following to the Corridor Management Office:

  1. A Building Land Use Permit application form (PDF - 297 KB)
  2. 4 copies of the proposed site plan
  3. 4 copies of a site grading plan for the site
  4. Payment of the building permit fee

Please note that a stormwater management report may be required for residential developments. Information on requirements for stormwater management can be obtained at the MTO Stormwater Management Requirements for Land Development Proposals page.

Commercial Construction

If you are considering constructing or renovating a commercial building(s), golf course, landscape berms, underground storage tanks, stormwater management facility, etc. close to or adjacent a provincial highway, you may require a permit. A permit may be obtained by submitting the following to the Corridor Management Office:

  1. A Building Land Use Permit application form (PDF - 297 KB)
  2. 4 copies of the proposed site plan
  3. 3 copies of a Stormwater Management Report for the site
  4. Payment of the building permit fee
  5. You may be required to submit 3 copies of a Traffic Impact Study for Ministry review and approval
  6. You may be required to submit an Illumination Plan for Ministry review and approval.

All Building and Land Use permits are subject to the following standard conditions as well as any site-specific conditions that may apply.

Building and Land Use Permit Conditions

MTO permits are subject to the following conditions and any supplementary conditions established by the ministry.

  1. In addition to the conditions of a permit, the owner must meet all of the requirements of the local municipality and any other agency having jurisdiction.

  2. The work for which a permit is issued must commence within 6 months of the date that the permit is issued or the permit shall be void and cancelled by the Ministry.

  3. All work related to the building or development authorized by a permit shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans, specifications and agreements and subject to the approval of the Ministry. The owner must bear all expense related thereto.

  4. Vegetation on the right-of-way must not be cut or trimmed without the written permission of the Ministry. Any cutting or trimming permitted must only be done under the supervision of the Ministry or its authorized agent at the expense of the owner.

  5. The use of the land or buildings shall only be for the use stated on the permit. The use of the land or buildings for any other purpose may result in the cancellation of the permit. A change in the use of the land or buildings requires a new permit.

  6. During construction the owner shall ensure that the operation of the highway is not interfered with and that the right-of-way remains free of debris, earth or other material.

  7. If there is an expiry date named on a permit and a further term is required, an application for renewal of the permit shall be made to the Ministry before the expiry date of this permit. An extension of the expiry date may be approved or approved with additional conditions or denied by the Ministry.

  8. A building and land use permit may be cancelled at any time for breach of the conditions of the permit or for such other reasons as the Ministry in its absolute discretion deems proper.

  9. If during the life of a permit any Acts are passed or regulations adopted which affect the rights herein granted, the said Acts and regulations shall be applicable to this permit from the date on which they come into force.

  10. The owner shall hold harmless the Ministry for all damages and liabilities caused as a result of the works undertaken pursuant to this permit.


Building / Land Use Permit Fees

Schedule of Rates

Permit Type Fees Frequency of Renewals
Residential / Agricultural Building & Land Use $195.00 One time fee
Commercial Building & Land Use $2.90/m² for each square metre within the first 20,000m²,
$1.40/m² for each square metre over 20,000m² and up to 40,000 m²,
$0.60/m² for each square metre over 40,000m²

Minimum - $345.00
Maximum - no limit
One time fee
Telecommunication Plant Land Use Permit $1,265.00 One time fee

All cheques to be issued to "Minister of Finance"

Credit cards are acceptable at most area offices

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