Town of Huntsville
Customer Service
37 Main Street East Huntsville ON P1H 1A1

Phone: 705-789-1751
Fax: 705-788-5153

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Building Permits and Inspection Requests

What is a Building Permit?

A building permit is your permission to begin construction. It means that plans for any new structure, addition or renovation have been reviewed by the Building Department for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning By-Laws and other applicable laws and regulations.

Why do I need a Building Permit?

A building permit is a means to regulate development in the community to meet health, fire, structural and general safety standards to protect individuals and the Community as a whole. It is illegal to conduct work without a permit. Conducting work without a building permit is in contravention of the Municipal By-Law and the Ontario Building Code Act.

Planning to Build

It is recommended that you first look into zoning and planning requirements before beginning your next home/business build or renovation. If you are building on a waterfront lot, Site Plan Approval may be required. There are requirements you must meet depending on the scope of the project. The Development & Land Use Planning section of our website will help get you started.

When is a Building Permit Required?

A building permit is required when a person constructs or demolishes a building or causes a building to be constructed or demolished.  The Town of Huntsville also requires a Building Permit to be taken out when processing an application to connect to the District Water and/or Sewer. A permit to connect must be obtained first from the District of Muskoka, as it must accompany your application to the Town of Huntsville along with the necessary drawings.

Definition of a building:

  • A structure occupying an area greater than 10 sq. metres (10' x 10') consisting of a wall, roof and floor or any of them or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works fixtures, and service systems appurtenant thereto.
  • A structure occupying an area of 10 sq. metres or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing appurtenant thereto.
  • Plumbing not located in a structure.
  • A sewage system.
  • Structures designated in the Building Code.

Permit Fees

  • Building Permit Fees: Based on the "Estimated Project Value of the Construction" at a rate of $10.00 per thousand dollars, with a minimum fee of $100.00, or $1.45 per square foot, whichever is greater.  Refer to the User Fee By-law.
  • Sewage System Permit Fees: Installing a new system is $400.00. To upgrade or bring an existing system into compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the fee ranges from $100.00 to $400.00.

Application Forms

The Building Permit Applications page has all of the forms needed to apply for a building permit. All applications require two sets of building plans and a plot plan. Some may also require a copy of your property deed, proof of entrance approval, septic or water and sewer approval and/or payment of development fees (District and/or Town).

Inspection Request

Several inspections are carried out during construction and upon completion. It is the responsibility of the permit holder or the agent/contractor acting on the behalf of the property owner to book appointments for the required inspections.

To book an inspection, complete our Inspection Request Form or phone 705-224-8000.  Inspection requests must be made by 3:30 pm the day prior to the inspection (unless requested for a later date). 

The following information is required:

  • The building permit number.
  • The name of the person who determined the project was ready for inspection.
  • Street address of the project.
  • What type of inspection is being requested.
  • Requested inspection date.
  • Preferred time of inspection AM or PM.

Please note that the time requested may not be possible to meet due to scheduling constraints.


Who to Contact

Town of Huntsville
Building Department Customer Service

Phone: (705) 789-1751
In Person: 37 Main St East
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