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.

Highlights

Total building activity for 2021 yielded predicted results owing to COVID-19 and revenue is on target. A significant increase in the inventory and build out of residential building lots and a surge in larger scale construction delayed by COVID-19 may lead to growth and increased building activity in all sectors in 2022 and over the coming years. The 2022 budget includes an inflationary adjustment to the permit fee schedule to ensure that revenues keep pace with inflationary costs. 

In 2022 it is anticipated that we will see the continued implementation of new Building Code standards and resulting new Building Code Training for those standards. In addition, existing and provincially qualified Building Officials will be required to complete a knowledge maintenance program to continue enforcing the Building Code Act (BCA) and the OBC. Completion of a significant number of online training events will be required in 2022 to address this ongoing requirement for qualification retention and training for new staff.

In 2021, approximately 1,000 permits were issued for Residential and Institutional - Commercial - Industrial projects resulting in the creation of more than $180,000,000 of building inventory.

2022 will see the ongoing expansion of the Amanda program software to other Divisions and new functions involved in the development review process. Also, new permit and development support procedures will be introduced including the provision of a Public Portal for the broader Development Review Process to streamline application submissions, facilitate electronic review and make the move to online development approvals beginning with certain selected Building and Planning Approval functions. 

2022 Budget overview

Building Services
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $2,980,436
Revenue $2,329,120
Net requirement $651,316