Building in Norfolk County
Norfolk County’s Building Department helps to protect you, your home, and the interests of your community by making sure a project is structurally sound and follows the Ontario Building Code, municipal zoning and other applicable laws.
The Building Department handles the permits required for new buildings, additions, renovating or altering existing buildings, plumbing, septic systems, and temporary structures.
It’s important to make sure you understand the regulations that may affect your project.
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The property owner may request a copy of their septic records. The property owner will be asked for proof of identification and a recent tax bill to verify ownership.
Norfolk County is actively monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19 and taking steps to protect the health and safety of our community. As of March 14, 2022, the Building Department Technical Counter is now open.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Inspections are being conducted with certain restrictions and appropriate measures taken for social distancing. Options are being considered on a case-by-case basis, as approved by the Chief Building Official.
For all inquiries general inquiries to the Norfolk County Building Department, please email [email protected]
In accordance with Section 7(4) of the Building Code Act, the Norfolk County Building Department publishes an annual building financial report.
Building Department Financial Statement 2022
Building Department Financial Statement 2021
Building Department Financial Statement 2020
Building Department Financial Statement 2019
Building Department Financial Statement 2018
Building Department Financial Statement 2017
Building Department Financial Statement 2016
Ontario Building Code
Land Registry Office – Property Records
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario Onsite Waste Water Association - Resources for Homeowners
Ontario Building Official Association
Watch a playlist of our how-to videos about CityView Portal, an online portal you can use to apply for building permits, check the status of an application, request building inspections and submit Bylaw cases.
Demolition Permit Applicants -Reduction, Cancellation or Refund of Property Taxes:
If you or your builder/contractor have applied for a building/demolition permit which resulted in structures on your property being demolished, damaged, or renovated during the year, you may be eligible for a reduction in your taxes in accordance with Section 357 and/or Section 358 of the Municipal Act. Property owners are responsible for filing applications.
Please visit the Property Taxes page for eligibility criteria, filing deadlines and how to apply to apply. If you are a builder/contractor, who has applied for a demolition/building permit on behalf of a property owner, please ensure that the owner is provided this information.