Dufferin County provides building services for the following Municipalities: Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur, and Shelburne.

If you are constructing or demolishing in the Town of Orangeville, please visit their website

For zoning information, please reach out to your local Town/Township. Click here for contact information.


Permit Process

Step 1: Applicable Approvals 

The first step in applying for a building permit is to obatin municipal approval from your local municipality. Each municipality serviced by Dufferin County's Building Division is responsible for ensuring that zoning by-laws and property setbacks are being met, and that all other applicable law approvals (including Conservation Authorities) have been obtained. 

Step 2: Visit Dufferin County's Building Division

Once the review is complete at the local level, municipal approval will be issued. Applicants will need to pick up the approved package from the local office and submit it to the County for review and permit issuance.

The brochures below contain a checklist of required documentation for permit applications as well as information about our fees and deposits.

    Step 3: Review Process 

    Once a complete application has been received by the Building Division, a Plans Examiner will complete their review. Should any additional information be required, a representative will be in touch. Most permits are issued within 10 business days of receiving all the required documentation.

    Step 4: Issuing of Permits

    Dufferin County's Building Division will contact you once the permit is approved and ready for pick up. The property owner or their agent, will have to visit our offices at 55 Zina St, Orangeville to sign for the permit and pay any outstanding fees. A list of the mandatory inspections will be provided at this time.

    Step 5: Construction and Inspections

    During construction, the building permit placard must be posted at the road and the stamped building plans must be kept on site at all times. The Building Division must be contacted to schedule the mandatory inspections in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.

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    As a property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure all applicable permits have been obtained prior to the start of construction.


    Building without a Permit

    If you do not have a permit for construction that has already started, you could face serious and potentially costly consequences, including:

    • A building without a permit penalty. This is an additional fee equal to 25% of the permit fees for the project, or $180.00, whichever is greater.
    • A delay while your permit application is processed. All work must stop during this time. The original timeline and fees to process an application still apply.
    • Possibly having to undo the work that was done.
    • Possibly having to do more work than you had originally planned and budgeted for, such as additional structural or mechanical work.
    • Possible legal and /or financial issues down the road, such as impacts on selling your property or making an insurance claim.

    NOTE: As the property owner, you are responsible for paying these fees or penalties, even if you have hired a contractor who assured you that permits were not needed.