Building Services ensures compliance with the Ontario Building Code and associated regulations for the protection of citizens and property. It interprets and enforces by-laws with regard to zoning, property standards, property maintenance and signage; including the administration, enforcement, education and provision of information to the public regarding the Ontario Building Code, municipal by-laws regulating development and related applicable laws under the Building Code Act.

Building Services responds to non-permit based and emergency situations, where danger or threat to life of building occupants and/or the general public is created by damaged buildings or other unsafe conditions, including the management of corporate risk and financial liability with regard to terminating emergency and unsafe situations.

Proposed Building Services 2020 budget

Highlights

Total building activity for 2019 yielded higher than expected revenue. Ongoing growth in 2020, and a predicted increase in the inventory of residential building lots may lead to growth and increased building activity in the residential sector over the coming years. The 2020 budget includes an inflationary adjustment to the permit fee schedule to ensure that revenues keep pace with inflationary costs.

In 2020, there will be ongoing implementation of new Building Code standards and resulting new Building Code Training for those standards. In addition, existing and provincially qualified Building Officials will have to participate in, and complete, a knowledge maintenance program to continue enforcing the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. Attendance at a significant number of training events will be required in 2020 to address this ongoing requirement for qualification maintenance.

In 2019, almost 1,000 permits were issued for Residential and Institutional - Commercial - Industrial projects resulting in the creation of more than $179,000,000 of building inventory.

In 2020, new permit and development support procedures will be introduced to improve access to, and support of, more efficient development
services including information distribution and education. There will also be ongoing expansion of the Amanda program software to
new Divisions and new functions supporting development.