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Residential Building Permits

Submitting Your Application

Building permit applications may be filed in person at the Building Division, City Hall, Lower Level, Carnegie Wing, 500 George Street North, Peterborough. Along with your fully completed application form, you will need to submit the following documents/drawings:

  • Two sets of building plans (site plan, floor plans, elevations and/or cross sections, HVAC and mechanical drawings). Plans must be prepared by a qualified designer with the appropriate BCIN qualification when required by the O.B.C.
  • If drawings are too bulky for folding, rolled drawings are acceptable. The maximum size of plan that will be accepted for permit application and review is 760mm x 1067mm (30” x 42”). Please ensure all plans are collated and in order of site plan, architectural, structural, HVAC/mechanical, electrical.
  • Applicable permit fee. See the current permit fee schedule.

NOTE: Incomplete applications or plans will not be accepted. At the Building Permit Counter, the Permit Technician will review your application to ensure that everything is in order.


The following documents are required for most residential building permit applications:

  • Your completed Building Application Form.
  • A completed Schedule 1: Designer Information. (Schedule 1 is attached to the permit application).
  • If the drawings are prepared by someone other than the owner, the designer must have the qualification specified in the building code.
  • Energy Efficiency Design Summary Form (new homes only).
  • Authorization to Act as Agent form or letter (if applicant is someone other then the property owner). A printable for is available here.
  • Drawings/Plans General Information
    • Two sets of plans are required
    • Plans must be drawn to scale and printed in ink.
    • Plans must be fully dimensioned either in metric or imperial, but not in combination.
    • Plans must include the following information:
      • Title
      • Municipal Address
      • Designers Name and BCIN Number
      • Date of Drawing
      • Scale
      • Dimensions
      • Extent of new and existing construction
      • Total area of work
    • Grading Plan
      • A scaled Lot Grading plan prepared by a grading consultant must be submitted for all new single-family and semi-detached dwellings.

The Site Plan

A SITE PLAN is a drawing showing the complete property and identifying all structures in relation to the property boundaries. A property survey is commonly used as a template for developing the site plan. The site plan should include:

  • Scale
  • North arrow
  • Lot and plan numbers
  • Lot area
  • Street location & name
  • Property lines & dimensions to all buildings including setbacks to the existing and proposed structures on the site
  • Rights-of-way and easements
  • Proposed changes to existing grade
  • Sample Site Plan drawings

Floor Plans

A FLOOR PLAN is a drawing of the structure as seen as if it is cut horizontally a few feet above the floor line. One floor plan is required for every floor of the house which is affected by the new construction. Each plan shows the layout of the level in question as well as providing the structural framing information for the floor or roof above. Floor plans should include the following:
  • Scale
  • Layout and use of rooms & spaces (label/names)
  • Dimensions
  • Extent of new construction including new work within existing buildings
  • Size, type and location of exterior and interior walls and partitions
  • Widths, locations and lintel sizes of all openings (including window sizes)
  • Location of all plumbing fixtures
  • Roof framing should indicate the size, grade/species, and spacing of roof rafters and joists. If a pre-engineered truss system is being used, provide a layout and stamped engineered truss design drawing.
  • The identity of all building materials and/or a reference to a schedule or legend identifying same
  • References to detailed drawings
  • Material specifications or notes
  • Heating and ventilation details including: heat loss/gain design calculations and equipment summary, mechanical ventilation design summary and duct layout drawings
  • Location of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Sample Floor Plan drawings

Foundation and Basement Plans

  • Scale
  • Layout and use of rooms & spaces (label/names)
  • Dimensions
  • Size, type and location of structural members – columns, beams and joists
  • Location, size and dimensions of all footings and spacing of footing pads
  • Foundation wall type and thickness
  • The identity of all building materials and/or a reference to a schedule or legend identifying same
  • Sample Foundation and Basement Plan drawings


ELEVATIONS show the exterior view of each side of the house. Each elevation is identified by the direction it is facing, and should include:
  • Scale
  • Extent of new and existing construction
  • Dimensions of walls, windows & doors
  • Area of exposed building face and % of glazed openings and required limiting distance
  • Grade level
  • Exterior wall cladding, finishes & flashing
  • Stairs, landings, guards and handrails
  • Overhang dimensions
  • Roof shape, slope & finish
  • Rain water leader & eaves trough
  • Sample Elevations drawings

Sections and Details

A SECTION represents a view of the house along an imaginary line at a particular location & illustrates construction details. The extent/orientation of the section should correspond with the sectional arrow shown on the plans. Sections should indicate the following:
  • Scale
  • Details of footings, foundations, walls, floors & roof
  • Distance from grade to floor & underside of footing
  • Attic & crawl space ventilation
  • Stairs, landings, guards and handrails
  • Sample Section and Details drawing

The Chief Building Official may specify that not all the above mentioned plans are required to accompany an application.