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Building Permits

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As a result of changes made to the Provincial Emergency Order on April 3, 2020, amending the list of essential services, the Building Division has altered its operations.

Clarington will continue to receive, process and issue building permits. However, construction can only continue or start on projects that are deemed essential by the Province. Included in the essential project list are residential projects where any of the following has occurred before 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2020:

  • a footing permit had been granted for single-family, semi-detached and townhomes;
  • an above-grade structural permit had been granted for condominiums, mixed-use and other buildings, or;
  • the project involves renovations to residential properties, and construction work started before April 4, 2020.

View the full list of essential construction projects as outlined on the Province's website. Clarington's Building Division will continue to complete inspections as requested on those essential projects.

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

If you are building or renovating any of the following items on your property, a building permit may be required:

Requirements for residential building permits

In order to process building permit applications for new structures or additions to single detached dwellings, semi-detached, links, duplexes and townhouses, you will need to provide specific information or documents with your application.

How and where do I apply for a building permit?

When you are ready to apply, bring the required documents to:
Municipal Administrative Centre (3rd Floor)
40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville

You will need to fill out the building permit application and pay the fee. We will review your submission to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the Ontario Building Code Act, the zoning by-law and all applicable laws. We will issue your building permit promptly if the proposed construction meets all the requirements.

Not sure?

Contact the Planning Services and Engineering Departments if you are not sure if you need a building permit.


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