Media Release: Huntsville's Building Department Operations During The Covid-19 Provincial Emergency

Posted On Monday January 18, 2021

(Huntsville, ON) On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second provincial state of emergency in response to COVID-19 under the Emergency Management and Civic Protection Act. The declaration of emergency automatically terminates February 11, 2021 – and can be extended. 

Under this state of emergency, construction projects will be halted except those that are deemed essential which include: 

  1. Construction projects associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care homes.
  2. Those ensuring safe and reliable operations (transit, transportation, energy mining).
  3. Construction projects that provide new capacity in schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure and child care. 
  4. Construction of projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  5. Projects and services that support the operations of broadband internet and cellular technologies.
  6. Residential construction projects where,
    • a permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes (before January 14, 2021)
    • the project is a condominium, mixed use or other residential building, or
    • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before January 12, 2021.
  7. Construction on any project intended to provide either,
    • affordable housing, or
    • shelter or supports for vulnerable persons.

The Town of Huntsville Building Department will continue to review and issue permits in conformance with the Ontario Building Code requirements and timelines, however inspections will only be made available on building sites where the project is deemed essential, as listed above. Any projects that do not meet these criteria, will not receive inspections until further notice.

Please note, that this state of emergency does not exempt an individual from rectifying an unsafe condition (including septic systems, or structural failure). Should a municipality place an order on a property, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remedy the situation within the timelines and requirements of the municipality. It will be at the municipality’s discretion to determine if a permit is available for the work to be carried out during this time.

Building Services staff are not responsible for confirming what workplaces are deemed essential. These restrictions have been put in place through the Provincial government through O.Reg 82/20 Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) and are listed above. These directions are subject to changed based on further direction from the Province of Ontario/Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and/or the OBOA.



For more information contact:

Chris Nagy, CBO                                                         

Town of Huntsville                                                                                                    

705-789-1751 ext 2228