City of Thorold reminds residents of the importance of obtaining building permits

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City of Thorold reminds residents of the importance of obtaining building permits during Building Safety Month 

The City of Thorold is reminding residents of the importance of obtaining a building permit when undertaking the construction, alteration or repair of a building or structure on private property.

On May 1, 2023, the Province of Ontario declared May as Building Safety Month, recognizing the importance of the province’s Building Code and the critical role that building officials play in maintaining public health and safety.

The Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code provide a framework for the City’s building services division to follow. The Building Code outlines applicable laws and legislations and minimum standards for construction to minimize health and safety risks for occupants of the building.

“The City of Thorold has witnessed unprecedented growth over the past seven years. Statistics Canada identified Thorold’s population grew by 26.7 per cent between 2016 and 2021, making Thorold the fastest growing municipality in Niagara, and one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country,” says Mayor Terry Ugulini. “I want to thank our building officials for working tirelessly to ensure all new construction, additions, renovations and repairs in the City of Thorold are completed to provincial standards, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for our residents and all occupants.”

Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan and the recent introduction of Bill 23 have provided new opportunities for more homes to be built faster. The number of new dwelling units constructed in Thorold increased from 170 new units in 2016 to 1,132 new units in 2022, and this trend is projected to continue.                                                                                              

The City’s building services division is responsible for protecting and prioritizing residents’ safety by ensuring all new construction complies with the Ontario Building Code.

“Building permits are typically required for new buildings, renovations, demolitions and additions to existing buildings, such as decks or retaining walls,” says Jason Simpson, director of development services. “City staff in our building services division are here to help residents make the process easier before the construction begins. If you’re unsure of what may be required, contact us before you begin construction to ensure you have the necessary permits to safely complete your project.”

Residents are encouraged to contact the City’s building services division if they have any questions about construction projects or building permits at or 905-227-6613 x277.

Learn more about Building Safety Month:

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Media contact:
Megan McRae
Community Relations Specialist, Office of the CAO
905-227-6613 x439



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