Building / Planning / Bylaw Enforcement
The Planning Department provides
guidance for the development of the municipality, assisting you with the
development and use of your property, and ensuring proposals meet the
required setbacks and permitted uses. The Planning Department interprets
and answers questions relating to the Zoning Bylaw, Official Plan and
Site Plan Control Bylaw, and provides support to the Committee of
Adjustment. The Planning Department accepts and reviews applications
- Site Plan Approval
- Minor Variances and Consent
- Zoning Bylaw Amendments and Official Plan Amendments
- Renewable Energy Projects
We can provide information specific to
your property regarding permitted uses and setbacks, aerial views,
measurements and surveys (if on file)
Explain how the Zoning Bylaw applies to you and your property
Assist with completing all Planning Application forms
Provide contact information for other applicable agencies (such as MNR, LSRCA, MTO, etc.)
The Building Department’s
responsibility is to enforce the Ontario Building Code. The Ontario
Building Code is a minimum standard for construction to protect the
occupants of a building. The Ontario Building Code is regularly updated
to reflect changes in technology and the needs of society. Click here
for the most current Ontario Building Code.
When do you need a building permit?
- New buildings (including accessory buildings over 10 square metres)
- Additions to existing buildings
- Repairs, renovations, and alterations of existing buildings
- Prefabricated and relocation of buildings
- Various structures (decks, sheds, retaining walls, towers, etc.)
- Installation of plumbing, drains, sewers and sewage systems
- Installation of solar panels
- Change of use of buildings or structures
To book an inspection please call 705-484-5374 extension 234. Please be advised inspections require a minimum 48 hours notice.
There is a specific process for dealing with complaints/allegations of bylaw violations:
Ramara Township will act on written
complaints from the general public concerning alleged bylaw violations.
Staff will offer assistance and direction with respect to bylaw
concerns, however no investigation will be initiated until the complaint
is received in writing.
Upon receipt of the written complaint,
the Bylaw Enforcement Officer will conduct an investigation to determine
the validity of the complaint and the nature of the infraction relative
to our existing bylaws. You will be advised accordingly whether or not
the complaint is valid or alternatively refer you to another government
agency to assist you.
If it is determined that the complaint
is valid the Bylaw Enforcement Officer will contact the party and
outline the bylaw infraction and request that the matter be rectified
and/or cease to exist. In some cases the municipality will provide a
grace period to conform to the bylaw which is followed by a subsequent
the matter is rectified, the investigation will be closed. If the
bylaw infraction continues proper paperwork must be completed.