Building Permits

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Second floor and rear addition project converted a little bungalow into a contemporary custom home with 4 bedroom and 5 bathroom. New design features 10' ceilings on the main floor, 9' ceilings in the second floor and a large basement full of natural light.

The living space of a one storey brick dwelling was tripled, and a small bungalow was converted into the one of the kind 3 storey contemporary house with finished basement and livable 3rd storey attic. In an established enclave of 1-1/2 storey homes, adding a third floor to a proposed dwelling is difficult enough. The key factor in obtaining the positive verdict of the Committee of Adjustment was the fact that the addition would be constructed on existing footprint, not to mention the fact that using existing foundation helped to save the homeowner over ten thousand dollars.

Bungalow in the highly desirable and demanding neighbourhood boasts a large back and second floor addition. We developed an addition project with an ergonomic and versatile layout. Contemporary property offers enough space for both entertaining and family living.


Passing zoning By-law

You already have a piece of land where your dream home will soon rise, but are you certain that it complies with the City requirements what can be build on this land? Before we begin designing and constructing your home, we ensure that it will meet local zoning by-laws.

What are Zoning By-Laws?

A zoning by-law specifies the use of land in your community. It states exactly how land may be used; where buildings and other structures can be located; the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used; the lot sizes and dimensions; parking requirements; building heights; and setbacks from the street.

Your municipality's general policies for future land use are set out by an Official Plan. Zoning by-laws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. The municipality can refuse to issue a building permit to construction that doesn't comply with a zoning by-law.

Many municipalities have a comprehensive zoning by-law that divides the municipality into different land use zones, with detailed maps. The by-law specifies the permitted uses and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone.

Building Your New Home within the Law

The applicable zoning by laws to your project are researched before any designs or plans are made. Before beginning your project, Well Built will determine whether the work you plan on doing will comply with the Zoning By-Law, and research your lot to determine the its size limits, setbacks, parking, and other zoning requirements, consulting your municipality’s by-laws, such as the City of Toronto’s harmonized Zoning Bylaw.

Well Built is up-to-date with multiple municipalities’ zoning by-laws, and can prepare designs that take into account both your wishes and the zoning by-laws relevant to your project. These by-laws can be appealed in a Committee of adjustment, where minor variances from the by-laws may be allowed (i.e. If you want slightly bigger windows than your zoning by-law allows, the committee can allow you to build them).

Navigating Minor Variances

To obtain a minor variance, we will apply to your local committee of adjustment appointed by council to deal with minor problems in meeting by-law standards and the committee will hold a hearing and decide on your application. In the case that a permit applications goes to a committee of adjustment, Well Built will prepare and present applications to the committee and participate in Ontario Municipal Board Hearings as required.

After the permit application (including all the stamped and signed plans, designs and application forms) is submitted and reviewed by the City, following the zoning by law and/or the Committee of Adjustment’s ruling, the building permit is issued and you may begin construction of your new home.

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