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The County of Dufferin Ontario

BUILDING SERVICES

The County of Dufferin Building Department provides a variety of programs and services to the residents of the local municipalities within the County of Dufferin.

These services include:
Building and Septic permits
Property Information
Weed Control
By-law Enforcement
Nuisance Beaver Program
Nuisance Coyote Program
Forms and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
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BUILDING AND SEPTIC PERMITS

The Dufferin County Building Department provides services to the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur and Shelburne.

Residents of the Town of Orangeville should visit the Town’s web site at www.orangeville.ca for information on the building permit process in their municipality.

PERMIT PROCESS

  1. Applicable Approvals

    Each municipality serviced by the Dufferin County Building Department is responsible for ensuring that the zoning and setback by-laws are being met. Therefore, the first step in applying for a building permit is to visit your local municipality to receive the necessary approvals.

    The local municipality will tell you if you require approvals from the authority for the Niagara Escarpment or a Conservation area.

  2. Visit the Building Department

    Once the Municipal Approvals are obtained and all applicable fees are paid, submit a completed permit application along with copies of the approvals to the Dufferin County Building Department.

    A deposit (to be applied to the permit fees) is required when the application is accepted by the Building Department.

    In addition to the applicable approvals and permit applications, you may also have to provide the following:

    • Two Sets of Complete Drawings

      These drawings must include all elevations, floor plans and cross sections, specifying all applicable structural information and construction materials.

    • Roof Specifications

      A roof framing plan is required. If the structure has a truss roof system, an Engineered Stamped Truss Specifications is required prior to the acceptance of the building permit application. Contact the Building Department to confirm the snow loads for your area.

    • Heating and Ventilation Form / Heat Loss Statement

      The Mechanical Ventilation form can be obtained from the Building Department, to be completed and signed by the heating contractor or HRAI designer. The Heat Loss Statement must be completed by the heating contractor.

    • Other Engineering

      Engineered stamped drawings are required for a slab on grade over 50 sq. m. If you are using a pre-engineered floor joist system, the joist layout from the manufacturer is required. Also provide specifications on any other pre-engineered building materials (eg. LVLs, headers, ICF construction, etc.)

    • Energy Efficiency Design Summary

      This form, to be completed by the project designer, must accompany the permit application for all residential dwellings and additions.

    • Septic System Information

      Two sets of drawings for the layout, calculations & grain size analysis must be provided at the time of submission. Schedules 1 and 2 of the permit application must be completed by the designer and installer.

  3. Review Process

    Once the necessary approvals and documentation has been received by the Building Department, the Plans Examiner will review them and contact you if any additional information is required. Most permits are issued within two weeks of receiving all the required documentation.

  4. Issuing of Permits

    The Building Department will contact you once the permit is approved, and ready for pick up. The property owner or their agent, will have to visit the Building Department to sign for the permit and pay all outstanding fees. A list of the mandatory inspections will be provided at this time.

  5. Construction and Inspections

    During the construction of the project, the Building Permit Card must be posted and the approved stamped Building Plans must be kept on site at all times. The Building Department must be contacted to arrange for mandatory inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.

SEPTIC APPROVALS FOR LOT SEVERANCES

Lot severances must be approved by the local municipality. The applicant may be asked to obtain a letter from the Dufferin County Building Department stating that the proposed lot is suitable for a future septic disposal system.

To have a Building Official review your property, call or visit the Building Department to receive a Lot Suitability application form and the fee schedule. If a survey of the existing property is available, please provide the Building Department with a copy.

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PROPERTY INFORMATION

The Dufferin County Building Department provides building and septic permit information pertaining to properties in the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur and Shelburne. This information is limited to items such as work orders, occupancy permits, septic system layouts, and other information regarding building and septic permits.

To request property information for these municipalities, and the applicable fee schedules, contact the Dufferin County Building Department at 519-941-2362 or at

Requests for other types of information, such as property taxes, and planning or zoning matters should be directed to the appropriate municipality.

Questions about well records should be directed to the Ministry of the Environment at 1-888-396-9355.

Residents of the Town of Orangeville should visit the Town’s web site at www.orangeville.ca for property information.

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BY-LAW ENFORCEMENT

Dufferin County provides by-law enforcement services for the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono and Mulmur. The County’s By-Law Enforcement Officer acts only at the request of the municipality. All concerns or complaints should be forwarded to the appropriate municipality.

Residents of the Town of Shelburne should visit the Town’s web site at www.townofshelburne.on.ca for information on their by-law enforcement.

Residents of the Town of Orangeville should visit the Town’s web site at www.orangeville.ca for information on their by-law enforcement.

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NUISANCE BEAVER PROGRAM

Dufferin County operates a Nuisance Beaver Program during the non-trapping or "off season" for beavers (May 1st to October 24th ). This program is carried out with the permission of the Ministry of Natural Resources and is designed to protect municipal drains, culverts and roads from damage caused by nuisance beavers.

If nuisance beavers are affecting municipal drains, the complaint should be forwarded to the appropriate municipality.

If nuisance beavers are affecting private property, then the property owner should contact the Building Department at 519-941-2362 or to receive the contact information for trappers participating in the program.

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COYOTE PREDATION CONTROL PROGRAM

Dufferin County introduced a coyote predation control program in order to reduce conflicts between problem coyotes and livestock owners in the County of Dufferin. This procedure is to allow Dufferin County to compensate authorized hunters to hunt localized coyotes that are directly responsible for a given predation occurrence. The intent is not to target the general coyote population over a widespread area.


STEP 1: Landowner Declaration Upon loss of livestock or poultry to predation, a landowner may wish to engage a licensed hunter to protect his/her stock. He/she should immediately contact the County of Dufferin or the local municipal office to obtain this Nuisance Coyote Control By-law Compensation Form. Forms are also available from local Municipal Livestock Evaluators, as well as the County of Dufferin website: www.dufferincounty.ca
STEP 2: Municipal Livestock Evaluator A landowner contacts their Municipal Livestock Evaluator to verify the livestock or poultry loss and determine the predation cause. The local municipal office can provide contact information for the Municipal Livestock Evaluator.
STEP 3: Landowner Appointment of Agent The landowner contacts an agent (licensed hunter) and requests assistance to protect their stock and control the predator. Agents must be permanent residents of the County of Dufferin
STEP 4: County of Dufferin Authorization The landowner or their agent submits this compensation form to the County of Dufferin Office for their authorization to hunt coyotes for compensation. The form must be received by the County, within (20 work days) of the predation occurrence.

When the forms are received, the County of Dufferin will, authorize a hunting period corresponding to the severity of the predation and time of year. Copies of the authorization should be carried while hunting for compensation. The agent should retain the original authorized compensation form for later submission at D municipal office.

Authorizations will not be made:

  • "over the counter", before consultation with all concerned parties
  • for a blanket period or renewed periods without consideration of predation severity
  • when claim forms are submitted more than 20 work days after the predation occurrence
  • when hunting for compensation has commenced prior to authorization from the County of Dufferin

Authorization to hunt coyotes for compensation is not permission to trespass on private property.

STEP 5: Agent Request for Payment To request compensation, the agent must present the coyotes ears taken in response to a predation occurrence to Dufferin County municipal office along with the completed original compensation form and a copy of the hunting license.
STEP 6: Municipal Certification Coyote ears presented by the agent will be viewed by the Chief Building Official or designate and will provide certification. The form will be processed by County of Dufferin.

The certification must be signed by a municipal officer no later than authorization expiry date.

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WEED CONTROL PROGRAM

After July 1, of each year, Dufferin County acts on behalf of the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur and Shelburne in controlling noxious weeds. During this time, the County Weed Inspector will receive complaints from individuals whose property is affected by noxious weeds at 519-941-2362 or .

This program does not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes that they do not interfere with that use.

Please not that dandelions and purple loosestrife are NOT noxious weeds.A complete list of "noxious" weeds can be found on the Ontario Vegetation Management Association web site.

Residents of the Town of Orangeville should visit the Town’s web site at www.orangeville.ca for information on their weed control program.

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FILES AND RESOURCES

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BUILDING DEPARTMENT – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the process for obtaining a Building Permit?

The permit process consists of five (5) basic steps.

  1. Visit your local municipality to obtain Municipal Approval (zoning requirements)
  2. Visit the Building Department to apply for the required permit(s) and submit the necessary documentation.
  3. The permit application and required documentation are reviewed by the Plans Examiner.
  4. After the review is complete, the permit is issued by the Building Department.
  5. The Building Inspector performs the mandatory inspections.
A more detailed description of this process is found under the "Building and Septic Permits" section of the Building Department’s website.

How long does it take to obtain a Building Permit?

Once the Building Department has received all of the necessary applications, approvals, and documentation from the owner or their agent, building permits are reviewed and processed within two weeks.

How much are the County of Dufferin and Board of Education residential development charges?

Where applicable, the residential development charges collected by the County are as follows:

County of Dufferin$2,670.00
Upper Grand District School Board$832.00
Total$3,502.00

What is the fee for a compliance letter for work orders on buildings and septic systems?

The is a $100 fee for a compliance letter for building work orders and an additional $100 for a compliance letter for septic systems.

How do I obtain a copy of my septic system information?

If you are the owner of a rural property in the County of Dufferin and wish to obtain information on your septic system, contact the Building Department at 519- 941-2362 or . You will be asked to provide the following information: legal description of the property, municipality, approximate year of septic installation, and the owner at time of installation.

How do I obtain well information?

If you are the owner of a rural property in the County of Dufferin and wish to obtain information on your existing well; decommission an old well; or install a new well, contact the Ministry of the Environment at 1-888-396-9355 or Source Protection Education and Outreach Resource Catalogue.

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Michael A. Giles is the County’s Chief Building Official and Director of Property, and oversees all of the programs delivered by the Building Department.

Dufferin County Building Department
55 Zina Street, Orangeville ON L9W 1E5
E: cbo@dufferincounty.ca
T: 519.941.2362
F: 519.941.4565


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