The Dufferin County Building Division would like to thank all the owners, contractors, and designers who accepted and followed the Province’s emergency orders, exercised patience, and worked diligently with us during these unprecedented times to ensure that the residents and visitors of Dufferin County are safe.
COVID-19 update effective April 19th, 2021: Building Services Division Plan
In support of the Provincial Government’s emergency order, Dufferin County's Building Division has implemented the following procedures:
Building inspections will continue for all construction deemed as essential by the Province of Ontario provided all persons on site are wearing non-medical masks and maintain a minimum of two (2) meter physical distancing for the duration of the inspection.
Construction without a permit is prohibited.
Dufferin County's Building Inspectors have the right to refuse an inspection if exposure to the COVID-19 virus is suspected or if individuals onsite are no practicing COVID-19 safety protocols.
In the event of suspected undue exposure to the County Building Inspector, a third party inspection report and photos from an engineer will be reviewed if submitted and may be accepted upon approval. A third party inspection may only be accepted for issued building permits that are deemed as essential construction by the Province of Ontario and the inspection has been refused by the County Building Inspector.
For any questions or concerns, please reach out to:
Building Services at 519-941-2816 ext. 2700 or email@example.com
Greg MacNaughtan, Chief Building Official at 519-941-2816 ext. 2701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Dufferin County's Building Division will make every effort to support your construction needs during this time.
Dufferin County's Building Division launched an e-permitting platform! Visit the Portal to sign up and apply for your permit.
Dufferin County provides building services for 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.
Building permits are not required for detached structures that are less than 10m², unless there is plumbing. Even if your project does not require a building permit, zoning approval from your local Town/Township is still required. Please contact them directly.
Requesting Property Information
You can obtain property information by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include a detailed description of the information you are requesting as well as your property information (including civic address, assessment roll number, legal description, names on title, etc.)
A few things to keep in mind:
- The Ontario Building Code came into effect in 1975 and Dufferin County Building Services took over septic records from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in 1997. We may not have any records if your home is older than either of those dates but we will still be happy to check for you!
- For access to some records, you may need to file a Freedom of Information request. Our staff will advise you if this is the case.
- If you are looking for information regarding your well, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks at 1.888.396.9355 or visit their website
- If you are seeking a legal survey of your property, please contact the Land Registry Office at 519.941.4654
- If you have questions regarding severances, please reach out to your local Town/Township. Contact information can be found here
- Most information can be provided to the property owner free of charge, however there may be fees associated with our search and/or providing copies depending on the information requested.
Requests for information on a property that you do not own must be submitted in writing via mail or to firstname.lastname@example.org and accompanied by the appropriate fee.
The fee for a building record search is $100 per land parcel and the fee for a septic records search is $100 per land parcel. Dufferin County will respond to your request within 5 business days.
The fees can be paid online with either VISA or Mastercard here.
NOTE: We cannot process rush requests at this time.
Hurricane Clip Rebate Program
In partnership with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Dufferin County is offering a rebate incentive to property owners or builders in Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur, and Shelburne who install hurricane clips during construction on all new buildings, additions, or renovations.
Orders are issued by Dufferin County as outlined in the Ontario Building Code Act to ensure that all buildings are constructed safely, to Code standards, and have inspections completed at each phase of construction.
Orders may also be registered in the proper land registry office or viewed by the public at Dufferin County Building Services.
What is a building permit?
A building permit is a document issued under the Ontario Building Code Act by the Dufferin County building services division, on behalf of the following municipalities: Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur, and Shelburne.
When is a building permit required?
The Building Code Act requires that a Building Permit be obtained for the construction of:
- Any structure occupying an area greater than 10 meters squared consisting of a wall, roof and floor or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures, and service systems.
- A structure occupying an area of 10 meters squared or less that contains plumbing.
- Plumbing not located in a structure.
- A sewage disposal system
- Structures designated in the building code.
Examples of projects requiring building permits are (but not limited to):
- Any detached building having a building area of more than 10 meters squared (108 square feet)
- Any addition to an existing building
- Any structural alterations – for example: add or remove a structural wall, add a new window or door; alter the size of an existing window or door, repair fire damage, or replace roof structure, etc.
- Detached or attached garages, carports, sheds or accessory buildings
- Decks, porches, sunrooms and solariums
- Creating an apartment or in-law suite
- Finishing a basement or adding a basement entrance
- Moving or raising an existing building
- Roof mounted solar panels
- Replacing or moving furnace and ductwork
- Completing a rough-in bathroom or washroom
- Adding or relocating a bathroom or washroom
- Installing or altering plumbing and/or drains
- Installing a solid fuel burning fireplace or wood stove
- Installing, altering or repairing an on-site sewage disposal system (septic system)
- Installing wall mounted signs, pylon signs or billboards
- Changing the use of a building
- Demolishing a building
When is a building permit NOT required?
To confirm that a Building Permit is not required for your specific project, always call your local municipality and the Dufferin County Building Services Division before starting any construction project.
Permits are generally NOT required for:
- Detached structures not greater than 10 meters squared (108 square feet) that do not contain plumbing
- Air conditioning units added to existing forced-air systems
- Replacing existing furnaces
- Replacing roof shingles or eave troughs
- Replacing doors or windows (provided there are no changes in size)
- Replacing siding (provided there are no structural changes)
- Fences (other than for swimming pools in which case a pool fence permit is required)
- Replacing kitchen or bathroom cupboards (provided there are no plumbing alterations)
- Damp proofing basements
- Floor or ceiling finishes
- Retaining walls not greater than 1m in height
- Painting, decorating or general maintenance.
How long does it take to get a building permit?
Provided a complete application is submitted, your building permit should be issued in 10 business days. If additional information is required by the plans examiners, the application will be put on hold until all information is submitted.
Contact your local municipality to inquire about their timeframes for Municipal Approval.
Does the County collect Development Charges? How much are they?
The County development charges are as follows:
Residential (per unit)
Single & Semi-Detached
Residential (per unit)
Residential (per unit)
Non-Residential (per square meter of gross floor area) Service Component - Roads & Bridges $848.00 $678.00 $385.00 $4.57 Service Component - Other $2,465.00 $1,972.00 $1,118.00 $3.28 County-Wide Total $3,313.00 $2,650.00 $1,503.00 $7.85
The County also collects $832.00 per unit in development charges on behalf of the Upper Grand District School Board.
*Effective May 20th, 2019 the Education Development Charges (EDCs) will increase to $1,132.00 per unit.
The Education Development Charges for the Upper Grand District School Board are currently under review and are expected to be in place by August 2019. As part of the review process, the Board will be holding several meetings to inform and collect input from stakeholders, and the public at large.