Are you looking to build a home, or renovate an existing structure? If so, be sure to contact the Norfolk County Building Department.

Permits are required for any of the following:

  • Construction of a new building larger than 10 square metres
  • Additions to an existing building
  • Structural alterations
  • Finishing an unfinished basement
  • Installation, change or removal of load bearing walls
  • Creation of new openings for, or change in the size of doors or windows
  • Construction of a balcony or deck
  • Construction of a new foundation
  • Installation or modification of heating, plumbing or air-conditioning systems
  • Installation of wood burning stove/fireplace
  • Installation or repair of a septic system
  • Demolition of all or portions of a building
  • Change of use of a building (where no work proposed)

A building permit is your formal permission to begin construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property. Norfolk County Building staff must review your plans to ensure that they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning by-laws and other applicable regulations. The building permit process protects both the owner’s interests and those of the community at large. It also helps to ensure that all work is completed safely.

Failure to obtain a building permit may result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal or work already completed. In many cases, your designer or contractor will get permits on your behalf. Remember, as the building owner, you are ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.

For more information, please visit or contact the Norfolk County Building Department at:

185 Robinson St., Suite 200

Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6

(519)-426-5870 ext. 6016.