Kyle Phillips
Chief Building Official/By-Law Enforcement Officer

988 County Road 10
Millbrook, ON. L0A 1G0

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Tel 705-932-9319
Toll 1-877-906-5556


Building and By-law Enforcement

Building Department Services

Photo of Building PermitThe Township of Cavan Monaghan Building Department ensures a safe, clean, healthy, functioning community which secures the well-being of its residents.

That philosophy extends to the private and publicly-owned buildings of our community. By enforcing building codes, and assisting builders, designers and home owners, we ensure that the structures they create are safe not only for today, but for many years to come. Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions concerning building permits including when they are required and how the application process works

Inspection Requests?

For inspections related to building permits, please contact the Chief Building Official.

Every effort will be made to comply with the inspection time requested, however, in some cases it may not be possible.  It is preferred that you provide one or two days notice.   Please note that in accordance with Ministry guidelines, inspections are required to be completed within 48 hours after the day of request.  

What is a building permit?

A building permit is a document which grants legal permission to start construction of a "building," as defined by the Building Code Act of Ontario.

What is a building?

The Building Code Act of Ontario defines a building as: (a) a structure occupying an area greater than 10 sq metres (108 sq. ft.) consisting of a wall, roof and floor, or any of them or a structural system serving the function thereof including all plumbing, works, fixtures and service systems appurtenant thereto, (b) a structure occupying an area of 10 sq metres (108 sq. ft.) or less that contains plumbing, including the plumbing appurtenant thereto, (c) plumbing not located in a structure, (c.1) a sewage system or (d) structures designated in the building code.

The Building Code Act states that: no person shall construct or demolish or cause a building to be constructed or demolished in a municipality unless a permit has been issued therefore by the Chief Building Official. The Building Code Act also defines "construct" to mean the doing of anything in the erection, installation, extension, material alteration or repair of a building which also includes installation of a building unit fabricated or moved from elsewhere.

What construction projects NEED building permits?

What projects do NOT require a building permit?

Why are building permits needed?

Permits ensure that construction within our municipality meets with standards set out in the Ontario Building Code. In addition, building permits are necessary to ensure that other applicable laws such as zoning by-laws, site plan control by-laws etc. are complied with.

Who should apply?

It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained when required. You may authorize your contractor or designer to apply for the permit, but the owner should ensure that they have the permit prior to any work starting.

What I Need to Know About Getting A Permit:


Permit Applications:

Other Contact Information:

Building By-laws


By-law Enforcement Services

What We Do

Enforcement personnel provide a proactive and reactive service to the general public to ensure that by-laws are being complied with, as well as investigate complaints by responding to the concerns of those individuals who have contacted the Township regarding a specific issue.

A written complaint form is required before staff do further investigation or action on the complaint. Forms may be submitted by mail or in person at the municipal office or by email. If you wish to discuss a matter of concern, please contact Building/By-law Enforcement staff.

The Building/By-law Department provides enforcement for most Township by-laws including:


Fences - The Township does not currently have a fence by-law. Fences that restrict sight lines for vehicles are regulated through the Township's Zoning By-law. The Township suggests that when building a fence, it is a good idea to contact neighbouring property owners to discuss the project and ensure that you know where your property line is. Consideration should also be given to access in the future for repair and maintenance.

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