House Inspections Toronto
What are the different types of house inspections Toronto?
Legislated Mandatory Inspections
The Ontario Building Code, Subsection 220.127.116.11, requires builders to give notice to the Chief Building Official when your building is ready for mandatory inspections at each critical stage of construction.
- It is your responsibility to contact the Toronto Building to conduct the required inspections once your construction project starts
- Neglecting these inspections may cause costly delays and time consuming work stoppages
- A Building Inspector can assist you in confirming which inspections are required for your particular project
- Cost for these inspections is included in your building permit fee.
- Additional inspections can be arranged through your local inspection office (an additional fee may apply)
The name and telephone number of the Inspector and District Inspections Office are included with your permit documents.
Stages of Construction Requiring Inspection
Depending on the nature of the project, inspectors may have to visit your building site several times to conduct the following inspections.
The pages linked below list the various types of mandatory inspections that may be required for each project.
Inspection Response Times
A minimum of 48 hours notice is required when booking an inspection for your site. Inspections are held Monday to Friday during normal business hours.
When conducting their mandatory inspection:
- Building Inspectors must be able to see that part of work under inspection
- Any building elements covered before the related mandatory inspection has been made will have to be uncovered for inspection and passed before the completion of your project.
- Please remember that your stamped permit plans must be on site for each inspection.
- You must print the information, records, drawings or specifications issued as part of the permit and keep those on site for each inspection. Drawings and specifications must be printed full sized, to scale, and in colour. This applies to permits issued by Email or on a DVD (all permits after Nov 2012).
Partial Occupancy of an Unfinished Building
Before any part of an unfinished building can be occupied, the structure must meet Ontario Building Code (Division C, Part 1, Subsection 1.3.3.) standards. You must submit an Authority to Occupy application before occupying party of an unfinished building.
Using the Inspection Request web application from your computer or smartphone, you can:
- Schedule an Inspection
- Reschedule, or cancel an inspection
- To view upcoming inspections
To request an inspection online, you will need to have your permit number, and to provide the contact information of the person who will be on site to meet the inspector at the requested time.
Please note, the online Inspection Request function cannot be used to request an Inspection Status Report.
Toronto Building TelePermit service is no longer available. Inspection requests can be submitted outside of business hours using our online Inspection Request service.
Inspection requests can be made by phone during normal business hours. To contact an agent at one of our district inspection offices, please call 416-338-0700.
- Press 1 for Toronto and East York,
- Press 2 for North York,
- Press 3 for Etobicoke, or
- Press 4 for Scarborough.
If you leave a voicemail message for an inspection request, please include the permit number, a contact name and phone number where you can be reached.
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