Do I need a permit to build a fence and how high can my fence be?
A permit is not required to build a fence. However, the following requirements must be met:
Do I need a permit to build a landscape retaining wall?
A permit is required for a landscape retaining wall that is more than 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) tall.
Construction of a retaining wall from 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) requires a building permit and professionally engineered designs. Retaining walls shall not be closer than 2.0 metres (6.6 feet) apart.
The maximum height of a fence located on top of a retaining wall is 1.3 metres (4.3 feet).
The construction of a retaining wall that is higher than 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) is not permitted without a Development Variance Permit. Setbacks are not required from the property line.
Retaining walls under 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) do not require a permit, however; site location should be confirmed with the Building Inspection Department staff.
Note: A retaining wall that is attached to a building and is greater than 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) requires a permit and professionally engineered design.
Do I need a permit to build a shed?
A permit is not required for any structure that is 10 square metres (107.6 square feet) or less. Structures larger than 10 m2 require a building permit.
Do I need a permit to build a swimming pool?
Yes. Please proceed to the next question to view the necessary documentation.
What documents are required when applying for a building permit?
The documentation varies depending on the project that the permit is for.
We're here to help. If you have further questions or would like more information, please contact the Building Inspections Department, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays: