Building and Planning continues to accept, review and inspect permits. Due to large file sizes, we ask that you first contact or prior to submitting any application.

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Essential services

Update April 19, 2021:

Building letter to the construction industry

Essential Services COVID-19 - 2021-04-19

To: All Individuals participating in the Construction Industry

Enhanced public health measures and enforcement come into effect Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Construction activities across Ontario are only permitted to continue if they are deemed Essential.

Essential Construction includes:

  1. Residential construction activities or projects and related services
  2. Associated with the health care sector or long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  3. Ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in:
    1. Municipal infrastructure
    2. Provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors
  4. Support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage, natural gas distribution, transmission and storage or in the supply of resources
  5. Support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, schools, colleges, universities or child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  6. Required for:
    1. The maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries
    2. Significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work commenced before April 17, 2021
    3. Industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance or enhancement of personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. Would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products
  8. Were started before April 17, 2021 and would provide additional capacity:
    1. For businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services
    2. In the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services
    3. To, or enhance the efficiency or operations of, businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials
  9. Support the operations of broadband internet and cellular technologies and services
  10. Prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure
  11. Necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused, or that are not active, to ensure ongoing public safety
  12. Funded in whole or in part by:
    1. The Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario
    2. An agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario
    3. A municipality
  13. Are:
    1. Intended to provide shelter or supports for vulnerable persons or affordable housing
    2. Being funded in whole or in part by, or are being undertaken by:
      1. The Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario
      2. An agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario
      3. A municipality
      4. A service manager as defined the Housing Services Act, 2011
      5. A registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada)
      6. A not-for-profit corporation

The Town of Huntsville and the Township of Lake of Bays Building Departments will continue to review and issue building permit for all construction, however building inspections may not be conducted on sites the Province deems as non-essential. Under the provincial mandate, construction cannot be started unless the project falls within the essential list above.

Any inspections that continue to meet the Province’s essential list will be conducted, subject to COVID-19 safe work practices.

Please note that the above conditions do 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 essential and will communicate only what inspections we are able to complete. Essential Workplaces information is available by calling the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 or visit the Ontario Government website about essential workplaces.

As with everything, 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.


Should you have any questions please contact us for more information.

Town of Huntsville

Chris Nagy, CBO

705-789-1751 ext. 2228

Township of Lake of Bays

Stephen Watson, CBO

705-635-2272 ext. 225

Building services

The Building department can assist when you want to:

Building resources

Resources for building requirements:


Email Building, or call 705-789-1751 option 4, if you have questions.

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Planning and development

If you want to develop or make a change to land, the Planning department can assist:


Email Planning, or call 705-789-1751 option 3, if you have questions.