Welcome to the new Mississippi Mills Building Department resource page. The Building Department deals with all matters that fall under the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code including new construction, change of use of a building or part of a building, demolition, renovation and the occupancy of buildings. 

In this section of the Mississippi Mills Building Department webpage you will find links to the Building Permit Application Form, FAQ, detailed explanations and other useful information that will help you with your building project. 

Listed below are the main links to help guide you in your building project.  

Procedure for Building Permit Applications

 
  1. Please fill out the Building Permit Application form and Schedule 1- Designer Information and email your application, along with the drawings, details, and Site Plan to jrussell@mississippimills.ca. A list of all required documents for building permit applications can be found on the Building Permit Information page. 

    If you are applying for a building permit and you are not the owner, you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization Form signed by the owner.
    • Please note, if you wish to cancel your permit application after you've submitted it, there will be costs that cannot be refunded. Schedule B of the Building By-law lists the Refund Percentages available.
  2. Once we receive your application, the information will be entered into our CGIS software program and assigned an application number for tracking. 

  3. Your application and site plan will first go to the Planning Department for their Zoning By-law review and comment. They will contact you directly if they require additional information or documentation.

  4. Once approved by the Planning Department, a Building Inspector or 3rd party reviewer, RSM Building Consultants, will review your application and drawings. Your residential application should be reviewed and approved in 10 business days IF you have provided a complete package and IF there is no additional information required to review your application. If additional information is required, you can expect delays.

  5. Once your application is reviewed by the Building Department, the Chief Building Official (CBO) does the final approval, assigns a permit number, and enters the associated fees and inspections.

  6. You will receive an email entitled "Invoice Building Permit..." with your building permit invoice when your Building permit has been reviewed and approved. Your permit fee can be paid by cash, cheque, or debit (please make an appointment if you would like to visit the Municipal Office located at 3131 Old Perth Rd, Almonte, to pay your fee). 
    **Your building permit is NOT valid until your invoice has been paid in full.

  7. Once we receive payment, we will email your Building Permit, receipt, and approved drawings.

  8. Please place the Building Permit in a conspicuous location on your property facing the road.

  9. Inspections are listed on your Building Permit. Please email jrussell@mississippimills.ca or call 613-256-2064 ext. 260 to book your inspections.

  10. Additional inspection fees may be assessed if an inspection is conducted and the work is either not ready, there is no access, insufficient documents are available, or if the number of inspections exceeds what is otherwise reasonable.

  11. All building permits have a set expiry date, after which a renewal of the permit will be required. Renewal fees are due annually upon expiry of the permit if the permit file is not complete. Please note the expiry date on your permit and contact the Building Department if your permit requires a renewal. Renewal fees can be found in the 2022 Building Fees and Charges By-law.

  12. Please note that if you wish to cancel your permit once the permit application process has begun, there will be costs that cannot be refunded. Schedule B of the Building By-law lists the Refund Percentages available.

If you have any questions regarding your building permit application process please don't hesitate to contact us: 

Mark Jeffrey – Chief Building Official (CBO)/By-law Enforcement & Property Standards Officer mjeffrey@mississippimills.ca 

Sadie Dupuis – Building Official/By-law Enforcement Officer & Property Standards Officer sdupuis@mississippimills.ca 

Jennifer Russell – Building and Planning Clerk jrussell@mississippimills.ca

Roxanne Sweeney – Building, Planning, and Bylaw Clerk rsweeney@mississippimills.ca

Melanie Knight - Senior Planner mknight@mississippimills.ca 

Jeffrey Ren - Planner jren@mississippimills.ca

Contact Information

This section contains all the contact information for the members of the Mississippi Mills Building Department.

Chief Building Official:
Mark Jeffrey
Phone: (613) 256 2064 ext. 261
Email: Mark Jeffrey

 

Building Inspectors:

Sadie Dupuis

Phone (613) 256 2064 ext. 260

Email: Sadie Dupuis



Building and Planning Administrators:

Jennifer Russell

Phone (613) 256 2064 ext. 260

Email: Jennifer Russell

 

Roxanne Sweeney
Phone: (613) 256 2064 ext. 209
Email: Roxanne Sweeney

 

Permit Fees 

The document below provides you with the most current Building Permit Fees for all building permits within Mississippi Mills. 

2022 Building Fees

New homes will also require Development Charges. For a list of fees, please visit the Development Charges webpage for more details.

Please note that if you wish to cancel your permit once the permit application process has begun, there will be costs that cannot be refunded. Schedule B of the Building By-law lists the Refund Percentages available.

Development Charges and Public Works Fees 

For a current list of all Development Charges please visit the Development Charges webpage.

For Public Works Charges please email Public Works or call 613-256-2064 ext. 258

Building Permit Information 

This section will supply you with all the information required for permit issuance, including specific building types, sizes and their required documents for permit.  In this section you will also find a link to the Building Code Act and the E-Laws 2012 Ontario Building Code. 

Building Permit Information

Frequently Asked Questions

This section hosts some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) by the public.  If you are starting a project and have questions, this is a good place to start. 

Building Department FAQ

Forms, Documents and Bylaws 

This section will supply you a link to PDF copies of the most common forms required for building permit applications within the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Important Documents and By-Laws. Includes Building Permit Applications, Sign Permit Applications, Pool Permit applications, Occupancy Checklist and more. 

Building Forms, Documents and Bylaws

Inspection Requirements 

This section will give you a list of all required inspections that may be required for a project within Mississippi Mills.  These inspections are the minimum prescribed inspections as per Div. C of the most current version of the Ontario Building Code. 

Permit Inspections 

Pools and Hot Tub Permits 

This section will explain the requirements for Pools within Mississippi Mills. Pools require their own separate permit and any decks require a separate Building Permit Application. Within this section is a link the Pool By-Law where all the requirements are outlined. 

Pools and Hot Tub Permits

Sign Permits

This section will give you a link to the most current Sign By-Law that is enacted within Mississippi Mills. There will also be sign related forms and general clarification for anyone looking to erect a sign in Mississippi Mills. 

Sign Permits

Adding a Second Unit in an Existing Home

Adding a second unit is a great way to provide independent living for a family member or make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage. But there are things you need to consider as you decide whether to build a second unit.  Is your home detached, semi-detached or a rowhouse that is more than five years old? Are you considering renovating it to add a second unit? If the answers are yes, then this guide can help you.  Before deciding to add a second unit, it is important that you first speak with your local municipal planning and building departments. They can tell you whether you are allowed to add a second unit on your property and answer any questions that you have related to local zoning, the Building Code and other by-laws. Please visit the Ontario Add a Second Unit to Your House website.   

Code of Conduct 

Below is a document that will provide you with the council passed Building Department Code of Conduct as per 7.(1) of the Building Code Act. 

Building Officials Code of Conduct