Permitting requirements for steel and fabric structures or tensioned membrane structures in Canada can vary depending on the province, municipality, and the specific regulations in place. Lindome and our team of professionals are here to help guide and support the process. Here is a general step-by-step guide to help you understand the normal requirements:
Research Local Regulations:
- Begin by researching the specific regulations and bylaws of the province and municipality where you plan to install the structure. Contact the local building department or planning office to gather information about the requirements.
- Generally, you will need to consider zoning, land use, setbacks, allowable build area, fire and life safety and geotech for soil stability and seismic considerations.
Hire a Design Professional:
- Engage a design professional such as an architect, engineer or code consultant who is familiar with local building codes and regulations. They will help ensure that your structure and intended installation site meets all necessary requirements.
- NOTE: All Lindome buildings include engineered drawings and appropriate schedules to confirm structural compliance with the provincial or national building code.
Prepare Design Documents:
- Work with the design professional to create detailed design drawings and documents that comply with local building codes. These may include structural calculations, architectural plans, and specifications for the steel and fabric structure.
Submit Permit Application:
- Complete the permit application form provided by the permitting authority. Include all necessary documentation, such as design drawings, structural calculations, schedules from engineers and architects as well as any other required supporting information.
Pay Permit Fees:
- Submit the required permit fees along with your application. The fees will vary based on the size and complexity of the structure and are usually based on a percentage of the project’s construction cost.
Plan Review and Approval:
- The permitting authority will review your application, design documents, and other submitted materials to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations. This review process may take several weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the project.
Address Review Comments:
- If the permitting authority identifies any issues or requests modifications, you will need to address them by making the necessary revisions to your design documents. Resubmit the revised documents for further review.
- Once your design documents are approved, and any necessary modifications have been made, you will receive a permit for construction. The permit will specify the approved scope of work, including the type and size of the structure.
Construction and Inspections:
- Begin construction of the steel and fabric structure in accordance with the approved plans. The permitting authority will likely conduct inspections at various stages of construction to ensure compliance with the approved design and local regulations.
- Your engaged professionals (engineering, architectural, code compliance) may also require inspections during construction.
Final Inspection and Certificate of Occupancy:
- Once construction is completed, schedule a final inspection with the permitting authority. If the structure meets all requirements, you will be issued a certificate of occupancy or a similar document, indicating that the structure is compliant and suitable for occupancy.
It’s important to note that this is a general guide, and the specific permitting process and requirements may vary. It is crucial to consult with local authorities and professionals familiar with the regulations in your specific jurisdiction to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and guidelines.
While not all of our clients pursue permits, we are available to provide general guidance and connect you with local professionals familiar with the process in your area.