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Inspections

Inspection

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The Municipality of Clarington continues to receive, process and issue building permits. Building inspections are also proceeding.

Permit applications can be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • By email to BuildingPermits@clarington.net
  • By mail or courier to 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville ON L1C 3A6
  • In-person, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Administrative Centre located at 40 Temperance Street in Bowmanville

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, residents can continue to access our services by phone, online or by booking an appointment. If necessary, the Municipality will make special arrangements to conduct a building inspection virtually.

You can fill out your building permit application online on our website. To help facilitate your application, view our list of requirements for building permits.

If you have questions, please call 905-623-3379 ext. 2312 or email BuildingPermits@clarington.net.


Every permit requires at least one or more inspections. It is the responsibility of the owner, or a representative designated by the owner, to arrange these inspections.

Remember to:

  • Arrange an inspection prior to covering any work.
  • Provide 48 hours' notice and quote your permit number.
  • Keep approved permit drawings at the construction site and make them available to the inspectors.
  • Use a separate sheet for each requested day.

Covering work prior to inspection may result in delays, the removal of finishes, and/or prosecution under the Building Code Act.

You may request inspections at any time by faxing the request form to 905-623-1824. We must receive your fax prior to 3 p.m. on the business day before you require an inspection. If you do not have a fax machine, call 905-623-7876 to leave a message on the answering machine.

Residential and Non-Residential Inspection Request Form

Building permit inspections

Every building permit requires at least one or more inspections. It is the responsibility of the owner, or a representative designated by the owner, to arrange these inspections.

See the inspections page for more information on booking an inspection.

Residential building inspection requirements

Footings: Readiness to construct footings with formwork and reinforcing in place prior to placing concrete.

Backfill: Substantial completion of footings and foundations, including drainage and damproofing prior to commencement of backfilling.

Framing: Substantial completion of structural framing after heating and ventilation, mechanical, and plumbing rough-in with windows and roofing in place.

Insulation: Substantial completion of the insulation and vapour barriers prior to covering.

Air barrier: Substantial completion of the air barrier system prior to covering.

Garage ceiling/floor insulation: Substantial completion of the insulation and vapour barriers in ceiling of garage and any floor over unheated space, prior to covering.

Building occupancy: Completion of the construction and installation of components required to permit occupancy, as required by the Ontario Building Code.

Multi-residential and non-residential building inspection requirements

Footings: Readiness to construct footings with formwork and reinforcing in place prior to placing concrete.

Backfill: Substantial completion of footings and foundations, including drainage and damproofing prior to commencement of backfilling.

Framing: Substantial completion of structural framing and ductwork and piping for heating and air conditioning systems if the building is within the scope of Part 9 Division B.

Framing: Substantial completion of structural framing for each storey and rough-in of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and air contaminant extraction equipment for buildings other than Part 9 Division B.

Insulation: Substantial completion of the insulation and vapour barriers prior to covering.

Air barrier: Substantial completion of the air barrier system prior to covering.

Fire separations: Substantial completion of all required fire separations and closures.

Building occupancy: Completion of the construction and installation of components required to permit the issue of an occupancy permit under Sentence 1.3.3.1(2) or to permit occupancy under Sentence 1.3.3.2(1), if the building to be occupied is not fully completed.

Electrical inspections

Any electrical work that you do on your property must follow rules set out in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. You must first get a permit from the Electrical Safety Authority before you begin any work.

For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority website or call 1-877-372-7233.

Fire prevention inspections

Fire Prevention staff conduct fire safety inspections in accordance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and Fire Department policies. Inspections are also conducted upon request, and as a result of public complaints.

Fire Prevention staff perform plan reviews and site inspections of fire protection systems for buildings under construction.

A service fee may be applied to some inspections, in accordance with Municipal By-Laws.

If you need an inspection or you have a fire prevention concern, contact a member of the Fire Prevention team at 905-623-5126 ext. 2806.

Plumbing inspections

Testing is required in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and a Plumbing Inspector must witness all tests.

See the inspections page for more information on booking an inspection.

Residential plumbing inspection requirements

Outside services: Installation of building storm sewer and sanitary sewer and water service pipe.

Inside services: Installation of underground building storm drain, sanitary drain, and water supply.

Rough-in: Installation of drainage system, venting system, and the water distribution system throughout the building.

Plumbing occupancy: Installation of required plumbing fixtures and plumbing appliances as required to permit occupancy, as required by the Ontario Building Code.

Multi-residential and non-residential plumbing inspection requirements

Outside services: Installation of building storm sewer and sanitary sewer, domestic and fire line piping.

Inside services: Installation of underground building storm drain, sanitary drain, domestic and fire line piping.

Rough-in: Installation of drainage system (sanitary and storm), venting system, and the water distribution system throughout the building.

Plumbing occupancy: Installation of required plumbing fixtures and plumbing appliances as required to permit occupancy, as required by the Ontario Building Code.

Sewage system inspections

The Durham Region Health Department is responsible for regulating the design, construction and approval of on-site private sewage systems as outlined in the Ontario Building Code.

For more information, please see the Region of Durham website.

Site Plan inspections

If you have received Municipal Site Plan approval for a project, we may need to inspect all the work once it is complete.

Once you have completed the construction and installation and have met all the conditions set out in the Site Plan approval, please contact the Planning Services Department to arrange for an inspection. Site Plan inspections may include:

  • Landscape inspection
  • Lighting inspection
  • Road and sidewalk damage inspections

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