A building permit is your formal permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.

Please note: Email applications are no longer accepted. Please use the Norfolk CityView Portal or submit in person at 12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe. 

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The following list includes examples of projects that require a building permit. Please keep in mind, however, this is not a complete list.  
If you are unsure whether your project requires a permit, please call the Building Department to discuss 226-NORFOLK or 519-426-5870 Ext. 6016.  

 The following list includes examples of projects that do not require a building permit: 

  • Building a detached structure that's less than 108 square feet in size, measured from the outside face of walls (that does not contain plumbing)
  • Installing a gas fireplace
  • Building a fence - however, the fence must comply with the Fences By-law
  • Installing a water softener
  • Painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work
  • Replacing a door or window within an existing opening, where no structural members are changed and no fire-resistance rating is in place
  • Installing new shingles on an existing roof
  • Removing a non-load-bearing wall in a single, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling
  • Replacing a plumbing fixture (toilet, bathtub or sink) with a new fixture in the same location
  • Demolishing any farm buildings
  • Building a detached structure that's less than 108 square feet in size, measured from the outside face of walls, and that does not contain plumbing fixtures

Application Requirements & How-To Guides

Depending on the type of building permit required, there are several documents that must be included in the application. The Building Permit Packages below include all the documents needed for that type of permit. 

The Norfolk County Building Department issues permits and orders according to the Ontario Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code.

Information about finding a qualified designer/firm

The Building Code Act requires that a range of individuals and firms responsible for design activities regulated under the Act be qualified in their appropriate design area and, when required, registered with the province.

Construction Drawing Examples (TACBOC)

These drawings illustrate some of the minimum Ontario Building Code Requirements which apply to typical residential construction in the Greater Toronto Area and are provided for information purposes only. They do not necessarily represent every detail of building construction or all applicable minimum standards. For more detailed information about construction regulations, refer to the Ontario Building Code or a qualified designer.

How to Apply

In-Person or Online

  • In-Person: Visit our service counter at 12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe, ON. Please call or email ahead and make an appointment.
  • Online Portal: Visit the Norfolk Permits Portal and submit your application online.

How-to video

Watch a playlist of our how-to videos about the CityView Portal, an online portal for applying for building permits, checking the status of an application, requesting building inspections, and submitting bylaw cases.


Effective as of January 1, 2024.  
Refer to the user fee by-law for a complete listing of approved fees. 

Per square metre (m2), rates are calculated on the overall square footage of each floor area, garage and deck added together. The overall value is rounded up to the nearest square metre. Examples are available at the bottom of this fee list.  


Building Permit 

  • Minimum Fee for Permit (for sq.m. calculations or not otherwise listed) — $245.00 flat fee 
  • Assembly Permit— New or Addition $23.45 per m2
  • Assembly Permit — Alteration or Repair $11.70 per m2


  • Institutional Permit — New or Addition $29.25 per m2
  • Institutional Permit — Alteration or Repair $14.65 per m2
  • Residential Permit — New or Addition $19.15 per m2
  • Residential Permit — Alteration or Repair $ 9.60 per m2
  • Apartment Building Permit $19.05 per m2
  • Hotel / Motel Permit $25.15 per m2


  • Business (Office) Permit — New or Addition $22.75 per m2
  • Business (Office) Permit — Alteration or Repair $11.40 per m2


  • Mercantile (retail) Permit — New or Addition $22.75 per m2
  • Mercantile (retail) Permit — Alteration or Repair $11.40 per m2


  • Industrial  Permit — New or Addition $13.70 per m2
  • Industrial Permit — Alteration or Repair $ 6.85 m2
  • Parking Garage Permit —   $8.05 m2
  • Gas Station Permit — $14.70 per m2


  • Farm Building — New or Addition $3.30 per m2
  • Farm Building — Alteration or Repairs $ 1.85 per m2
  • Greenhouse Permits — $2.05 per m2
  • Silo Permit — $504.00 flat fee  


  • Accessory Structures Permit (garage, storage shed, new basement, cold cellar, unenclosed canopies, air-supported structures) — $4.45 per m2


  • Occupancy Permit — Prior to Final Completion , $168.00 per unit  


  • Portable Classroom Permit— $336.00 flat fee  
  • Outdoor Patio Permit (non-residential) — $195.00 flat fee  
  • Communication Tower Permit — $504.00 flat fee  
  • Crane Runway Permit — $504.00 flat fee  
  • Exterior Storage Tank Permit — Above and Below Ground (excluding firefighting water reservoirs) $504.00 flat fee  
  • Retaining Wall Permit — $504.00 flat fee  


  • Electromagnetic Locks / Strikes Permit — $168.00 each  
  • Fire Alarm System Permit — $420.00 flat fee  
  • Emergency Lighting / Exit Signs Permit — $420.00 flat fee  
  • Sprinkler System Permit — $420.00 flat fee  
  • Standpipe System Permit — $420.00 flat fee  
  • Combined Sprinkler and Standpipe System Permit — $580.00 flat fee  
  • Commercial Cooking Exhaust System Permit $420.00 flat fee  
  • Geothermal System Permit (single-family dwelling, semi, duplex) — $504.00 flat fee  
  • Geothermal System Permit (Other) — $560.00 flat fee  
  • Wind Turbine Permit — $504.00 flat fee  
  • Temporary Structures Permit (tent)— $84.00 flat fee  


Refer to the development charges page for more information. Development charges are due at the time of the building permit application.

The Building Department collects fees on behalf of other departments. Lot grading exemption fees, water, sanitary, & storm connection fee, and civic address are collected at the time of the building permit application. Refer to the User Fee By-law for current fees.

Please note that applications are not accepted until the permit fee is paid. Fees are established in Norfolk County’s User Fee By-law. If there is a discrepancy between this website and the by-law, the by-law governs.


A list of all Norfolk County Forms can be found at Forms, Permits and Licensing Application Page