Respecting the Building Permit Requirements in the GTA

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For anyone planning to build or make additions to existing structures, a building permit will be required. Prior to completing an application, there are a few things that will need to be acquired first. A site plan should include a property survey that shows boundaries, rights-of-way, and the location of existing structures to name just a few.

A land survey isn’t a particularly difficult thing to attain if you know where to look. While some properties will need a new survey, millions of others can be found online. By inputting the address of the property in question, a survey may be found in the vast databases of reputable firms in the GTA.

The building permit requirements for municipalities in the GTA aren’t as complicated as they may seem. The main thing to keep in mind is that a land survey will be required in addition the proposed development plans. Be prepared and do your research to ensure that all of the documents necessary to proceed are included and you won’t likely have any problems with your application.
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The building permit requirements in the GTA are strict, but reasonable. It’s important to prepare the required documents prior to making an application. In most cases, the document that causes the most confusion is a land survey. This is primarily due to the fact that so few people realize the importance of property survey, and as such, don’t bother with one until the need arises.

Land Survey?

If you’ve never seen a land survey, the best way to describe it is to compare it to a map. A Surveyor’s Real Property Report (SRPR) is a document that clearly shows the size, dimensions, and precise location of a piece of land. They also include the dimensions and placement of existing structures relative to the boundaries of the property. In some cases, a new survey will be required in order to get a building permit, but oftentimes existing surveys are suitable and can be found online.


Before bringing in a professional team of surveyors, it might be wise to do a quick search online for your property’s land survey. By visiting a reputable survey database you can easily search simply by inputting the address of the desired property. The results can be downloaded and used as required, for a reasonable fee.
Before making an application, be sure to understand the building permit requirements for your municipality in the GTA. Prepare any required documents well in advance, including a property survey. Taking the time to get the paperwork in order will save a lot of frustration and get your project off to a great start.

Protect Your Boundaries Inc. is a licensed member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, and is entitled to provide cadastral surveying services to the public of the Province of Ontario in accordance with the provisions of the Surveyors Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter S29.

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