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Building Inspections

Cloudpermit is now live! 

This means all City of Owen Sound building permit applications will be done online.

The Cloudpermit building permit system will allow you to apply for, and to see the status of, your application anywhere, at any time. You will be able to start an application and finish it later and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. Inspection requests can also be made for permits that were applied for on Cloudpermit.  


How to get started:  

To start, create your Cloudpermit account by visiting the Cloudpermit platform here. Once registered, you can apply for building permits and track their progress online. 


How-to videos and support materials: 
Cloudpermit has a variety of resources to help you – check out Cloudpermit Support for instructions on the basics and watch the instructional videos below to learn how to use the software:  


To learn a little more about Cloudpermit check out the CloudPermit support here.

Once an applicant has applied for and received a valid building permit, the applicant is required to contact the City's Building Division, at each stage of construction, in order to schedule an inspection of completed work. Mandatory inspection stages are regulated by the Ontario Building Code.

During an inspection, one of the City's building officials will visit your property with the aim of ensuring that all work undertaken is in compliance with the Ontario Building Code. They will inform you whether you are permitted to continue construction into the next phase, or whether additional work is required to ensure compliance. 

To schedule an inspection or for further information, please contact the Development Coordinator by email or phone (519-376-4440 ext. 1231). Inspections must be scheduled at least two regular business days in advance.

It is a violation to proceed without calling for an inspection. Such action could result in completed work having to be uncovered, at the cost of the owner/applicant. 

Inspection stages will evidently differ, depending on the nature of a construction project. The inspection stages mandated by the Ontario Building Code are as follows: 

  1. Footings (prior to placement of concrete)
  2. Lateral Sewers & Water (prior to backfill)
  3. Foundation
  4. Under Slab Drains
  5. Rough-In Plumbing
  6. Framing - All rough-in plumbing, wiring, rough-in mechanical and other services must be complete.
  7. Solid Fuel Burning Appliance (e.g., wood stoves, fireplaces)
  8. Insulation & Vapour/Air Barrier
  9. Fire Separations - Contact your Building Inspector for the timing of this inspection.
  10. Fire Protection Systems - Stand pipe, sprinkler, fire alarm and emergency lighting systems are also inspected by the Owen Sound Fire Department. Contact the Fire Prevention Office at (519) 376-2512.
  11. Final Plumbing
  12. Final Interior - You must have a water meter installed by the City to receive the 'occupancy certificate'. A list of inspection items for occupancy is available from your Building Inspector or at the Building & By-law Division office.
  13. Final Exterior

Once a construction project has been deemed, by a City Building Official, to be in basic compliance with the Ontario Building Code and all other City By-laws (such as the Zoning By-law), an occupancy permit will be issued for the permit. 

Until such time that an occupancy permit has been issued, no person shall occupy or use any part of a building, unless specific permission has been granted by the Chief Building Official. 

If the work is deemed "safe" but remains incomplete, the building permit will remain open in the City's records until a final inspection is undertaken. 

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