Check before you renovate to save problems down the line advises Town of Oakville

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The Town of Oakville is recognizing May being Building Safety Month by reminding residents to check with them before starting a home renovation project.

“As spring-time construction begins, Oakville residents considering home improvement projects are advised to check with the town if their project requires a building permit,” said a spokesperon.

“Whether it’s a new deck, kitchen renovation or adding an additional rental unit, it is essential to ensure these projects are both legal and safe.”

During Building Safety Month, the Town is encouraging the community to prioritize safety when starting any construction project. Securing a building permit and hiring a licensed, experienced professional helps reduce safety risks, and provides property owners peace of mind that their project meets Ontario’s Building Code standards.

“Construction activity serves as a sign of Oakville’s livability and growth. It shows that we are a town of choice for many residents, businesses and industries,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

“Whether for large-scale building projects or home renovation and upgrades, we encourage residents and contractors to prioritize safety.”

To assist residents in navigating the process, here are some key tips:

  • Check regulations: Before starting any project, familiarize yourself with the building code requirements. Check the building permits page for types of projects that require a permit before starting construction.
  • Prioritize safety: In addition to getting a building permit if the project requires one, be sure to hire licensed professionals for your construction or renovation projects.
  • Prepare for inspection: At various stages of the project, the property owner will be required to book an inspection by the town. Don’t skip this important step, this is crucial to ensure the construction meets standards.

For more information, visit the Town’s building permits and inspections page.

In 2023, more than 2,300 building permits were issued in Oakville, for a total of 2,500 new building units for a total construction value of $1.6 billion.

Since the start of 2024, the town has issued 1,124 permits while 918 are in review.

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