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    • Difficulties with 613 632-0106

      The Corporation of the Town of Hawkesbury is going ahead and will migrate to a new 'IP' type telephone service on January 18, 2022. Until then, we are experiencing a small glitch with only one line at the time for incoming calls. You can of course contact Town Hall staff at our regular number, 613 632-0106, but the employee will write down your contact details and will contact you after your initial conversation.

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    • Notice of late billing of charges for water, sewer and garbage collection

      Notice of late billing of charges for water, sewer and garbage collection

      Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, the billing of charges for water, sewer and garbage collection for the period from October to December 2021 will be processed late. Therefore, the payment due date will be extended to February 11, 2022.

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    • Sports Complex closed

      As part of the response to the Omicron variant and following the provincial government's announcement regarding Ontario temporarily moving into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen with modifications, the Sports Complex is now CLOSED until further notice.

      Please note that you can access Town Hall by appointment only.

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    • Online survey to help inform the goals and policies for the new Official Plan

      Opportunities for public input on the Official Plan Review will be provided during the review process.

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    • New measures effective Sunday, December 19, 2021

      In Response to the rising Omicron Cases across Ontario. the government has announced the following new measures, effective Sunday, December 19, 2021:

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  • As part of its emergency plan and eager to offer an effective tool of good quality to its citizens, the Town of Hawkesbury has acquired an alert and communication system service WITH NO USER FEE FOR ITS CITIZENS.

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Jun 2021

OUVERTURE – EXPOSITION RECYCL’ART 2021 – 6e Édition Installation des sculptures extérieures. Une dizaine d’œuvres d’artistes de la région TABLE RONDE – 15h ; Discussion sur l’Art Urbain accessible pour tous Rencontres avec les artistes
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Before undergoing any type of work on your property, no matter the nature and size, check with the Building Department if a building permit is required.

It is important to plan your project in advance, especially during summer months, where the Building Department is busier.

To make sure you submit a complete application, pdfdownload the documents and drawings required for permit applications.

In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in permit applications. Delays are to be expected, our priority is to do everything possible to ensure the processing of each request.

I need a permit for what type of projects?

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required to construct, demolish, renovate, alter, install or change the use of a building. The following is a list of typical projects or situations that require the issuance of a building permit:

  • Construct a new building exceeding 10 m² (107.64 pi²) in building area;
  • Install new plumbing in a building or part thereof;
  • Change the use of a building;
  • Change the fuel source of a fireplace from gas-fired to solid burning;
  • Construct an addition to an existing building;
  • Construct a deck;
  • Add or remove a structural wall in a dwelling;
  • Complete a roughed-in bathroom or washroom;
  • Alter an existing building or its plumbing system;
  • Repair a building or its plumbing system;
  • Install a new furnace utilizing a new fuel source;
  • Install a solid fuel burning appliance;
  • Complete a roughed-in fireplace;
  • Detached or attached garages and carports;
  • Solariums;
  • Addition of a dormer;
  • Raising a dwelling to provide a full basement;
  • Sunroom;
  • Install a sign;
  • Above-ground and in-ground swimming pool;
  • Replace exterior siding.

A permit is not required for the below projects

It is not necessary to obtain building permits to perform the following work. However, you must comply with the requirements of the Zoning By-law and if applicable, the Ontario Building Code.

  • Retaining walls less than 1 metre (39.4 inches) in height;
  • Sidewalks;
  • Planters and landscaping;
  • Replacement of plumbing fixtures;
  • Replacement of hot water heaters. Please note of the requirement since September 2004 to limit hot water to 49°C;
  • Replacement of kitchen or bathroom cupboards by same dimensions;
  • Painting, decorating and general maintenance;
  • Replacing roof shingles on a residential dwelling;
  • Air conditioning units or heat pumps added to existing systems;
  • Replacement of furnaces by a similar heat output using same fuel;
  • Accessory buildings, storage sheds not greater than 10 m² (107.64 pi²).


Inspection during construction

Scheduling of inspections

Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Building Inspector to make sure the work conforms to the Building Code, the building permit and the approved plans.

Inspections required for the project will be indicated on the inspection form attached to the building permit.

The person responsible for the construction project must request each inspection and 24 to 48 hours advanced notice is required.

Deficiencies to be corrected

Deficiencies noted during the inspection must be corrected and re-inspected prior to proceeding to the next stage of the construction.

Final inspection

Upon completion of the construction, your must call the Building Department for a final inspection.

Completion of construction

Once the final inspection is done and the construction is considered by the Chief Building Official to be completed, the performance deposit will be returned to the applicant, as per Building By-law N° 18-2008.

Processing of an application for a building permit

Submit application

Submit application to the Building Department complete with all required documents and/or drawings.

Review process

The Chief Building Official reviews the application to determine if the project is in compliance with the Building Code, the zoning and other municipal by-laws and provincial regulations.

Issuance of permit

If in compliance with the Building Code, the zoning and other applicable regulations is determined, the application is approved and a building permit is issued by the Chief Building Official.

The time period for the issuance of a permit shall be as per the Building Code requirements and shall begin on the day on which the application is considered to be complete by the Chief Building Official.

TypeAmount of days
Residential 5 to 10 days
Residential (multiple units) up to 20 days
Commercial up to 20 days
Industrial up to 20 days
Institutional up to 20 days


Payment of fees and posting of permit

You must pay all required permit fees as per Schedule “A” to Building By-law N° 18-2008, prior to starting the construction.

You must also post the Building Permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site, keep a copy of the building plans at the site and bring any proposed changes to the attention of the Chief Building Official immediately. Changes may require a review and approval in the same manner as the original application.

Documents and drawings required for permit applications

pdfRequired Documents

For more information

Building Department

For any questions concerning construction, inspections, signs, pools or fences, please contact the Building Department at 613-632-0106, extension 2020.

Request for Inspection

To schedule an inspection, please contact the Building Department at 613-632-0106, extension 2020.

Ontario Building Code

Building Code information is available on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website at

Zoning Regulations

Information on zoning regulations such as zoning, setbacks to lot lines, lot coverage or building height can be obtained from the Planner at 613-632-0106, extension 2231.

The Building Department is responsible for the administration of the Ontario Building Code Act. Therefore, it is responsible to process all building permit applications, review of applications for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and inpsect all construction project sites.