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The Building and Planning Department is located in the main Administration Centre located at 2297 Highway 12, Brechin,  just south of the Canada Post Office on the east side of the highway. 
The office hours are: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Please click any of the following links or
contact the office at 705-484-5374 or 1-800-663-4054 (Toll free phone number for 689 exchange only) for further information.
ext. 234 for Building Permit Coordinator or ext. 230 for Chief Building Official
Fax: 705-484-0441

*** 2014 Design Criteria ***

Click Engineering Design Criteria and Standard Drawings to view the 2014 document prepared by C.C. Tatham and Associates Ltd.
and adopted by Council resolution CR.157.14 on May 26, 2014.


Posted 2014-05-30 11:46:28


The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Dufferin South Simcoe Land Stewardship Network have recently developed, ‘Along the Shore – A Landowner’s Guide to Healthy Shoreline Management for Lake Simcoe.

Click Our Lake Simcoe to view the above guide and other stewardship resources.
Posted on Bldg/Planning Dept page 2013-06-26 13:51:35
Posted 2013-04-11 13:58:18

 * * * On-Site Sewage Maintenance Inspection Program * * *
Click the following links for further information:
March 26, 2014 Notice Letter from the Building department to affected residents.
List of Septic Haulers
AAAA Sanitation – 705-689-5991

Bullock Septic Tank Cleaning – 705-484-5500

Camick Dave Wiring Plumbing & Heating – 705-689-2542

Espey D Robert Excavating and Septic Services – 705-835-2118

Murray Hewitt Septic Pumping 705-323-9597

Northern Sanitation Co. – 705-326-4672

Smith's Septic Service - 705-426-5637
Last Update Posted 2014-05-26 09:46:50
Posted 2013-04-04 16:01:45

***Availability of Building Official***
Please book an appointment with the Building Permit Coordinator if you wish to speak with a Building Official.
Click here to view notice.
Posted 2009-01-20 10:02:25
  *** Pre-Sale Property Inspections ***
Sump Pump Discharge Method Inspection Required Prior to Property Sale

Prior to the sale of any property in an area serviced by municipal sanitary sewers the owner of such property shall allow a Municipal Inspector to enter onto their property to inspect the sump pump discharge method to ensure compliance with the Township of Ramara Sewer Use Bylaw 2006.27

Sump pumps may not discharge into the municipal sewers.

Presale sump discharge inspections and re-inspections are subject to a fee of $30.00 each, Payable in advance.

It is advisable to schedule the required inspection well in advance of the closing day of the sale because if a property is found to be non-compliant it could affect the sale.

Click HERE to go to the Bylaw page of the Ramara Township Website to view Bylaws 2006.27 and 2012.48 in their entirety.

Click HERE to view a pdf copy of the Sump Pump Inspection notice.
Posted 2012-08-29 09:27:39 

 *** Changes to Building Code Effective January 1st, 2012 ***

Click HERE to view a pamphlet from the Ontario Building Officials Association regarding enhanced Energy Efficiency requirements of Ontario's Building Code.
Posted 2012-01-05 10:32:13

*** Changes to Ontario Building Code ***

New Provincial Building Permit Application Form

Click HERE or click LINKS TO FORMS to view this new form.

The provincial form “Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish” has been revised to reflect amendments to the Building Code Act, 1992 (the Act) made under the Good Government Act, 2009, and related changes to the Building Code. These amendments clarify the criteria for a “complete” building permit application which is an application that is subject to full review within the time frames set out in the Building Code. The new provincial form must be used for applications submitted on or after January 1, 2011.


As of January 1, 2011, an application is eligible for a full review within the prescribed timeframes, if:

  • The application meets the requirements of clauses (5) (a) to (e) of Division C of the Building Code, which requires that the application is made in the correct form, by the owner or authorized agent, all applicable fields have been completed on the application and required schedules, all required schedules are submitted, payment is made of all fees required under clause 7(1) (c) of the Act), and
  •  The applicant declares (in section H of the application form) that the application is “complete” and meets the criteria listed below:

i.       That the application meets all the requirements of clauses (5) (a) to (d) of Division C of the Building Code. These clauses require that the application is made in the correct form and by the  owner or authorized agent, all applicable fields have been completed on the application and required schedules, all required schedules are submitted), and payment has been made of all  fees required under clause 7(1)(c) of the Act. 


ii.     That the application is accompanied by the plans and specifications prescribed by the applicable by-law, resolution or regulation made under clause 7(1) (b) of the Act. 


iii.     That the application is accompanied by the information and     documents prescribed by the applicable by-law, resolution or regulation made under clause 7(1) (b) of the Act , which enable the chief building official to determine whether the proposed building, construction or demolition will contravene any applicable law.


iv.     That the proposed building, construction or demolition will not contravene any applicable law.

An application that meets the criteria listed above will not, however, be subject to a full review within the prescribed timeframe if the chief building official:

a.     Determines that the application is not accompanied by the plans, specifications, information and documents referred to above (Article (5) f) ii) and iii),  or, the proposed building, construction or  demolition will contravene any applicable law, and


b.       Advises the applicant of his or her determination and provides in writing the reasons for the determination within two days.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is supporting the Ontario Building Officials Association and the Large Municipalities Chief Building Officials Group in developing suggested best practices and checklists to help municipalities and permit applicants, in implementing the amendments to the Act, and the Building Code and using the new form.

If you require more information or guidance on completing the new application form please contact your municipal building department or the Building and Development Branch at the Ministry. You can contact Michael de Lint, Senior Policy Advisor, at 416.585.7583. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  .


Posted 2010-12-22 10:07:58

Click HERE to view a flyer regarding the Lake Simcoe Septic Funding Program through the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority effective June 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010

Posted 2009-07-21 11:43:52

*** Replacement Pages for 2006 Building Code ***
Service Ontario Publications now offers replacement pages for holders of the official 2006 Building Code Compendium.
These replacement pages contain amendments and editorial revisions include the following recent changes to the 2006 Building Code Compendium:
  • Schedule J to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, amending the Building Code Act, 1992
  • Minister's Ruling MR-09-S-06
  • Minister's Ruling MR-09-S-07

Click HERE to download the replacement pages from the ServiceOntario Publication website.


Posted 2009-07-22 10:07:50

 *** Notice of New Changes to the Building Code ***
Please Note:
New changes to the Building Code by the Minister and the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (GEGEA) received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009.

MINISTER'S RULING No. MR-09-S-06 Minister's Ruling No. MR-09-S-06 was issued on June 2, 2009.

This ruling updates 110 technical standards referenced in Table of Division B of the Building Code.  The ruling came into effect on June 2, 2009 and it contains a transition provision to allow for the continued use of the previous standards for projects under construction and for projects where an application for a permit is made prior to September 2, 2009.

A copy of Minister's Ruling No. MR-09-S-06 is available on the Building Code website at:


The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (GEGEA) received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009.  Schedule J of GEGEA made amendments to Section 34 of the Building Code Act, 1992 to strengthen energy and water conservation principles.

GEGEA is available on the E-laws website at:

The updated Building Code Act is available on the E-laws website at:

Posted 2009-06-11 11:42:06

***Health Advisory - Chinese Drywall***
Click HERE to view information provided by the Tarion Warranty Corporation regarding imported Chinese Drywall as a potential health hazard.
Posted 2009-05-04 15:58:17
***Health Canada Advisory***
Health Canada Advises Consumers that RetroFoam Insulation Was Illegally Sold in Canada
Click HERE to view this important advisory notice.
Posted 2009-04-16 09:40:54

The Planning & Zoning Approval Process

Official Plan of the Township of Ramara

Required Drawings for Planning & Zoning
Consent (Severance, Lot Line Adjustment, Easements, Legal)
Why are Building Permits Required?

Required Drawings for a Building Permit

Preparing your Application

Entrance Permit and Rural Mailbox
** Development Charges effective September 1st, 2014 **
Month End Reports - beginning August 2014

Water & Sewer Connection Fees

Submitting Your Building Permit Application

Remember to call the appropriate utilities before you dig

What Inspections are Required?

How to book an inspection

Cross Connection Bylaw for Backflow Prevention Devices

Code of Conduct for Building Officials

Applicable Law

Last Update Posted 2014-09-22 13:46:09




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Posted 2014-08-26 09:07:14

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Ramara Fire & Rescue Services
 *** OPEN HOUSE ***

OCT 8, 2014
Stations 1, 2 & 3
6pm – 8pm

Click Open House flyer for more info.

Posted 2014-10-06 11:47:14


*** Lost Dog ***

American Staffordshire

Last seen Sept 20, 2014
Rama Rd & Benson Sideroad

Posted 2014-09-22 13:34:44


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Last Update Posted
2014-09-18 09:13:56


2014 RAMARA 

Fall Rec Guide

Now Available! 

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JANUARY 1, 2014

Posted 2013-10-24 14:35:27


Pre-Sale Property Inspections

Effective Jan 1, 2013
Regarding Sump Pump Discharge
Click HERE for more info
Posted 2013-01-08 13:59:34



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