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The Building Inspection Division is responsible for the regulation of construction, alteration, repair and demolition of buildings and structures within the Town's boundaries through administration of the Ontario Building Code, as well as Town of Richmond Hill By-laws and the Municipal Act.

The following is a list of typical projects handled:
  • All commercial, industrial and institutional projects
  • All commercial and industrial tenant projects
  • All housing projects, including additions
  • Change of Use projects
  • Life safety systems
  • On-site sewage systems
  • Commercial kitchen exhaust systems and the fire suppression system
  • Spray booth exhaust systems and the fire suppression system
  • Dust collection systems
  • Site inspections of demolitions
  • Investigations relating to complaints
Building Inspectors
Building Inspectors conduct inspections at various stages of construction and keep records on file for future reference. Beyond the immediate role of ensuring safe construction, these inspection records provide verification of no longer visible building elements located within a building or structure. Lending institutions, appraisers, lawyers and others can then rely upon these files in determining the value of a building.

Building Inspectors can also assist you with the preparation of your Building Permit Application.

A number of inspections and/or certifications are required during the course of construction in order to ensure that all work is being completed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and the building permit documents. Inspections do not take place automatically. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to contact the Inspection Division and request an inspection.

When do I Request an Inspection?
Permit holders are required by the Ontario Building Code to notify the Building Division's inspectors at certain stages of construction so that inspections can be arranged. It is expected that the person in charge of the construction has verified the readiness for inspection prior to arranging the inspection. For the purposes of inspection, the building permit documents must be kept and maintained on the site of the construction at all times.

Stages of Inspection

  • Stages of Inspection - Housing

  • Stages of Inspection - Large Buildings (Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Assembly and Large Residential Projects)


    Other Inspections
    Building Inspectors perform various other inspections including but not limited to:
    • Inspections of septic system installations and repairs.
    • Investigations relating to complaints.
    • Site inspections of demolitions.
    Occupancy
    No person shall occupy or use any building unless notice of the completion date has been given to the Chief Building Official and a final inspection has been made.

    Partial Occupancy of an Unfinished Building
    A partial occupancy permit can be requested for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Assembly and Large Residential Projects. Please review the requirements for a partial occupancy with your applicable Building Inspector.
     
    Requesting an Inspection
     
    Phone Inspection Requests
    Builders and homeowners can book an inspection or obtain general inspection information by accessing the Town’s interactive Inspection Telephone Line 24 hours a day 7 days a week at  (905) 771-5465.

    Before you call, be sure to have the following information available:
    1. the builder's and site superintendent's names and telephone numbers;
    2. the lot number;
    3. street name;
    4. type of inspection;
    5. the date you would like the inspection to occur; and 
    6. morning or afternoon time preference.
    Faxed Inspection Requests
    If you are requesting several inspections we encourage you to fax your requests to our fax line at (905) 771-5445.  Please include the same information as above.

    Inspection Notice 
    The Town requires a minimum notice of two (2) business days to schedule inspections. Any request received after 3 p.m. will be considered as being received on the next business day. You may call the Inspection Section between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to confirm your inspection.

    If you have questions regarding any of these inspection stages, please contact our Inspection Section at (905) 771-8810 

    Electrical Inspections
    For electrical inspections please contact the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233.

    Inspection Related Fees
    1. Re-Inspection Fee - A $100 fee is charged where an inspection is requested and an infraction, indicated from a previous inspection, still remains. The inspector will issue a Re-Inspection Fee Notice and no further inspections will commence until the re-inspection fee has been received by the Town.
    2. Compliance Fee - When a Stop Work Order is issued, a Compliance fee, equal to 25% of the permit fee and not less than $100, will be charged. No further inspections will commence or a Building Permit will not be issued until this fee has been received by the Town.
    3. Revision Fee - A $100 fee is charged for minor revisions that require revised drawings. Major revisions are subject to a 'rate per area' fee. Your Building Inspector or Plans Examiner will determine this upon receipt of the revised drawings.
    Lot Grading Certificate
    A certification letter from your grading consultant (i.e. P. Eng. or Surveyor) is required for the release of grading securities.

    Other Issues
    Construction noise is not permitted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on Sundays and statutory holidays (Noise By-law). Roads must be kept clear and clean. Open air burning is not permitted.

    For more information, please call (905) 771-8810 or e-mail building@richmondhill.ca.

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