Frequently asked questions

Do I need a new survey?

To avoid potential complication with the City, we always advise that projects such as new custom homes and
additions, should have a new survey completed. New surveys would show updated structures, accurate lot
lines/boundary lines, and calculations/measurements required for planning and Zoning By-Law requirements.

Will Cadaxx Design be handling my application for permits?

Yes, we take care of your application from start to finish. We act as the homeowner’s agent and will answer any
questions examiner’s may have.

Do you work with other engineers?

Yes. We work with licensed and professional HVAC, Plumbing, and Structural engineers if your project requires.
Engineers will work with us throughout the design process, and will provide their seal and stamp on the drawings.
They will conduct site visits if necessary.

Will my project go to Committee of Adjustments?

Your project may require approval from the Committee of Adjustments if the Zoning By-laws are not
Typical projects that require approval from the Committee include rear/front additions, floor
additions, severance, parking, etc. Interior alteration projects will not go to Committee of
We will apply on behalf of the homeowner, and a hearing date will be scheduled within 2-3 months.
Either the homeowner or an experienced representative from Cadaxx Design can attend the hearing.
Our projects have a high approval rate from the Committee.

What is the approximate time frame to get the permit?

Time frame depends on the scope of work. It starts from 2 weeks for interior alterations to 6-7 month for additions and new custom homes.

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Under the Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction and/or demolition of a new
building, an addition, or material alteration of any building or structure. The following is a list of common
projects that require or do not require a building permit.
As the building owner, you are ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements. Failure
to obtain building permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work
already completed.
The following is a list of common projects that require a building permit. The list is not exhaustive. If you
have any questions please contact Toronto Building.