Building Permit & Enforcement
As a property owner in the municipality, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the required permits prior to the start of your renovation or addition. A building permit is a license that gives you legal permission to start construction knowing that the issued drawings comply with the appropriate governmental rules and regulations such as the Ontario Building Code.
Permits are required:
- for any structure greater than 100 sq ft;
- an addition (of any size), to an existing building, including residential, commercial and farm buildings, decks, swimming pools, storage buildings and garages;
- renovations or alterations to existing buildings depending on the change and type of materials used;
- any new plumbing or changes to an existing plumbing system; and
- a change of use.
Sewage (septic) systems are regulated by the Ontario Building Code. Any work done to, or that could affect the septic system requires a permit.
The Timiskaming Health Unit enforces the provisions of the Building Code Act as they relate to sewage systems in the District of Timiskaming. Whether you are building, repairing, or changing a sewage system, you will need to apply for a permit.
The Township of Armstrong assigns all municipal addresses for homes and businesses. In the case of new construction or new lot creation, the address will be assigned at the time a building permit application is submitted. If you are in a rural area, the number will be assigned and installed and a fee payable by the owner.
Please make sure that your house number is visible at all times and free from obstructions so that emergency vehicles can clearly identify your address from the street. If you live in the rural area, your sign must be visible at all times and free from obstructions so that emergency vehicles can clearly identify your address from the street, if something has happened to your sign, please submit a Service Request Form or contact the municipal office.