Planning and Building Services during COVID-19

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Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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​This page provides details of the status of Planning and Building Services during the COVID-19 outbreak. For more details on the Town's response, please see the main Town of Newmarket COVID-19 page here.

The Town municipal offices are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Planning and Building Services staff are still working and are available by email. Please see the information below regarding how to contact staff and proceed with applications during this period.

Planning Services

Please contact planning@newmarket.ca or the staff member assigned to your file regarding the state of your application or for general inquiries.

Is the Town still accepting Planning applications?
Yes, the Town is accepting all Development Planning applications at this time.  However because the Town municipal offices are now closed to the public, only electronic applications are being accepted through planning@newmarket.ca.
Is the Town accepting Committee of Adjustment applications?
Yes, the Town is accepting all  Committee of Adjustment applications at this time.  However because the Town municipal offices are now closed to the public, only electronic applications are being accepted. For questions or to submit an application, please contact the Secretary Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment at pcho@newmarket.ca
Can I schedule a Pre-Consultation meeting?
Pre-consultation meetings for new Planning applications can be scheduled through videoconference. Please complete the Pre-consultation Form, and submit to planning@newmarket.ca.
Are existing applications proceeding?
Staff continue to review and process existing applications. Depending on the type of application and whether public notice and meetings are required, applications may advance or be paused until the state of emergency is lifted. Please contact planning@newmarket.ca or the staff member assigned to your file regarding the status of existing applications or for general inquiries.

Building Services

Please contact buildings@newmarket.ca, or the staff member assigned to your file, regarding Building Permit applications, submitting a new application and documents or for general inquiries.

Can I still apply for Building Permits?

Staff will accept new applications electronically, by mail, courier or in our drop box at 395 Mulock Drive. (please note our drop-box size is limited to document packages not larger than 150 x 450 (6" x 18"). We will continue to work with you to review and advance your application while ensuring minimal personal contact due to the ongoing public health crisis.

We are still processing Building Permits remotely while the Municipal Offices are closed to the public; however, as of April 4 2020 the issuance of permits are subject to all restrictions and prohibitions under the law.  More specifically, the permit does not mean that construction can be carried out in contravention of any Act, Regulation and/or provincial order prohibiting construction deemed non-essential. Please note that you must review the list of construction projects deemed essential and it is recommended that you seek legal opinion to determine whether the project is deemed essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and its Regulations, as amended, before proceeding with construction in order to avoid contravention of the law. Construction projects deemed non-essential are prohibited. Please further note that Inspections will only be carried out on construction projects deemed essential under the EMCPA and its Regulations, as amended.

For the current list of essential workplaces including essential construction, please visit this website.

Please contact buildings@newmarket.ca, or the staff member assigned to your file, regarding Building Permit applications, submitting a new application and documents or for general inquiries. You can also reach us by phone at 905-953-5300 ext. 2400

Where can I find application forms?
Building Permits and application forms are available here
How do I find zoning information?
Before applying for a Building Permit, please ensure that your intended project conforms to the zoning by-law. Locate the zoning for any property in Newmarket at the "What is my zoning?" page or consult a relevant guide to your type of project available on this page. Staff are also available on-line to assist you by email to planning@newmarket.ca
How can I pay for my Building Permit application?
Payments can be made through our Customer Service Centre over the phone at 905-895-5193 or by mail. 
Do I need to post my Permit?
Once you have obtained your Building Permit, it is required to be posted in a location that is visible from the street.
Are building inspections continuing?

Please be advised that as of April 4 2020 the issuance of permits are subject to all restrictions and prohibitions under the law.  More specifically, the permit does not mean that construction can be carried out in contravention of any Act, Regulation and/or provincial order prohibiting construction deemed non-essential. Please note that you must review the list of construction projects deemed essential and it is recommended that you seek legal opinion to determine whether the project is deemed essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and its Regulations, as amended, before proceeding with construction in order to avoid contravention of the law. Construction projects deemed non-essential are prohibited. Please further note that Inspections will only be carried out on construction projects deemed essential under the EMCPA and its Regulations, as amended.

For the current list of essential workplaces including essential construction, please visit this website.

We will continue to inspect unoccupied homes under construction, and the list of construction projects deemed essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and its Regulations, as amended subject to the following protocol.

Prior to scheduling an Inspection, the Inspector shall confirm that no persons are in the area other than the Site Supervisor, and that the two-metre "physical distancing" will be respected during the Inspection.  This confirmation shall be received both in advance of scheduling the Inspection, and again on site, prior to undertaking the Inspection.  Should an Inspector encounter a situation he/she is uncomfortable with, the Inspector shall remove himself/herself from the site and contact the CBO or acting CBO for further guidance.

Inspection staff have been advised not to enter occupied areas of the following building types for the purposes of carrying out their duties:

  • Occupied dwellings, including homes, apartments and condo units;
  • Long-term care facilities, seniors' residences and retirement homes;
  • Hospitals;
  • Operating/ existing Daycare facilities; and
  • Inspections where the public or construction workers has not been restricted (for example malls, retail stores).

Any requests for Inspections to which the above applies shall be deferred until further notice.  Consideration may be given to professional (engineers, architects) field review reports, coupled with sufficient evidence of code compliance, to permit work to proceed in the absence of Inspections; however, these will be reviewed, documented and followed-up upon by the Building Inspector on a case by case basis.  Please understand these associations are also proceeding cautiously and may not continue to provide general field review services.

The safety of all workers is of utmost importance.  Our goal is to continue service levels wherever possible. If the development community could limit the number of people on sites during Inspections, we will have more flexibility in the types of Inspections we can continue to do.

Inspections can be booked by phone (905-953-5300 ext. 2400) or email to buildings@newmarket.ca .