May 14 – May in Norfolk County means barbeques, bike rides and, for some, home renovations.

With that in mind, the Ontario Building Officials have coined May “Building Safety Month”.

The group invites residents to stop by and say hello to their local building officials and to chat about the steps that come with acquiring a permit.

Building permits and inspections are required to ensure renovations, additions, and building makeovers are done safely.

“Ontario has the best building codes in the world, and that means a safe place for residents to live, work and play,” said Fritz Enzlin, Norfolk’s Chief Building Official. “Going through the permit process allows you to rest easy knowing things are done right.”

Ontario Building Officials are municipal employees who oversee all construction, including buildings, housing, and structures to confirm projects comply with Ontario’s building code. They are experts in interpreting and applying the code and are on the front line of building safe, sustainable and accessible communities.

Do I need a permit? A building permit is necessary when you want to construct, renovate, demolish or change the use of a building. Building permits allow your municipality to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole.

For more information, visit norfolkcounty.ca/living/building/ or visit offices in Simcoe (185 Robinson Street, Suite 200) or Langton (22 Albert St.).