If you are planning a building project in the Town of Blind River, use our building checklists below to discover what documents and applications you will need for each type of project.

Find select building applications online, or contact us by email at info@blindriver.ca or by phone at 705-356-2251, ext. 206 for more information on plans and documents needed for your specific project.

Accessory building or shed

  • Building Permit Application
  • Complete set of Building Plan
  • Driveway Permit or Curb Cut - only if changing location of street entrance
  • Pilot Plan A/Site Plan


  • Building Permit Application
  • Copy of Septic System Permit from Algoma Public Health - if on septic system
  • Driveway Permit or Curb Cut - only if changing location of street entrance
  • Mechanical construction documents - only if heated/cooled
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan
  • Plumbing Permit Application - if new plumbing is included in the addition
  • Two complete sets of Building Plans

Alterations remodel

  • Building Permit Application
  • Mechanical construction documents - only if heated/cooled
  • Plumbing Permit Application - if on municipal services
  • Septic System Permit - if adding a bedroom; septic systems only
  • Two complete sets of Building Plans - existing and proposed


  • Blasting Permit Application
  • Copy of all locates
  • Copy of Pre-blast Report

Chimney or fireplace

  • Building Permit Application
  • Construction details and drawings
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan with dimensions/setbacks of existing site and proposed site
  • Two complete sets of drawings

Deck or porch

  • Building Permit Application
  • Complete set of Building Plans
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan with dimensions/setbacks of existing site and proposed site



  • Copy of all locates
  • Excavation Permit Application
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan/Grading Plan

Garage or breezeway

  • Building Permit Application
  • Driveway Permit or Curb Cut - only if changing location of street entrance
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan
  • Two complete sets of Building Plans

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

  • Copy of design specifications/calculations for sizing of duct work
  • Two complete sets of construction drawings prepared by a qualified person as per the Ontario Building Code

Roofing, siding or windows

  • Building Permit Application

Single family dwelling

  1. Application forms, including:
    1. Authorization for an application for Building Permit by a person other than legal owner
    2. Building Permit
    3. Plumbing
    4. Excavation
    5. Blasting
    6. Commitment to General Reviews by Architect and Engineers
    7. Municipal Service Installation
    8. Energy Efficiency Form
  2. Sewage Disposal System - if structure requires a new or enlarged system. For private systems, attach a copy of the Sewage Disposal Works Permit, issued by Algoma Public Health.
  3. Water Supply - if the use will require water supply. For private supply, attach a copy of the Well Completion Permit, issued by Algoma Public Health.
  4. Driveway Permit or Curb Cut - if new driveway or changing existing driveway. Attach a copy of the Street Entrance Permit, signed by our Public Works department.
  5. A copy of the Site Plan Review from the Planning Committee, if required for the project.
  6. Plot Plan - showing all existing and proposed structures, including:
    1. Distance of existing and proposed buildings to all property lines, wetlands and other structures
    2. Parking, egress and drainage plans - for all projects requiring external alterations or additions
    3. Well location, septic location and driveway location, where applicable
    4. All existing and proposed structures
    5. Street frontage and lot size
    6. Rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands
  7. Two complete sets of Building Plans, which include:
    1. Use, group and construction type
    2. Investigation and elevation report
    3. Foundation plan
    4. Floor plan for each level
    5. All rooms labelled and all window sizes labelled
    6. Exterior building elevations
    7. Sectional/skeletal view (footings to ridge line) with lumber dimensions and finishing
    8. Fire detection and suppression system documents
    9. Engineered specifications sheet for all engineered products (i.e., laminated veneer lumber (LVL), trusses, steel beams, etc.)
    10. Basic electrical (i.e., lighting fixtures, switches, outlet boxes, smoke detectors and co-detectors)
    11. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct layout
    12. Chimney/fireplace details
  8. Energy efficiency design summary forms
  9. Street number/address - on application and posted on job site
  10. Statement regarding required inspections for single family dwelling

Private/public swimming pool

  • Building Permit Application if the pool is greater than three metres (or 10 feet) deep
  • Complete set of Building Plans - if in-ground - to include the sectional view and all pool dimensions. If a diving board is installed, include the height above water and exact location of the board
  • Construction details of the enclosure (fencing)
  • Excavation Permit Application with a copy of all locates
  • Plot Plan/Site Plan

Building terms and definitions

View the definitions and details behind common building terms used.


Elevations show the exterior view of each side of the house. Each elevation is identified by the direction it is facing, and should include:

  • Dimensions of walls, windows and doors
  • Extent of new and existing construction
  • Exterior wall cladding, finishes and flashing
  • Grade level
  • Overhang dimensions
  • Rainwater leader and eavestrough
  • Roof shape, slope and finish
  • Scale

Floor Plans

A Floor Plan is a drawing of a structure, seen as if it is cut horizontally a few feet above the floor line. One Floor Plan is required for every floor of a house which is affected by new construction. Each plan shows the interior layout of the level in question and provides the structural framing information for the floor or roof above.

Floor plans should include:

  • Dimensions
  • Extent of new construction, including new work within the existing building
  • Heating and ventilation details
  • Location, dimensions and direction of stairs
  • Location of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Material specifications or notes
  • References to detailed drawings
  • Size, type and location of exterior and interior walls and partitions
  • Scale
  • Use of rooms and spaces (labelled)
  • Widths, locations and lintel sizes of all openings

Sections and details

A section represents a view of a house along an imaginary line at a particular location and illustrates construction details. The extent of the section should correspond with the sectional arrow shown on the plans.

Sections should indicate:

  • Attic and crawlspace ventilation
  • Details of footings, foundations, walls, floors and the roof
  • Distance from grade to floor and underside of footing
  • Scale

Some aspects of the project may require specific details, such as engineered roof truss drawings and engineered beams (laminated veneer lumber - LVLs).

Site Plans

A Site Plan is a drawing that shows a complete property and identifies all structures in relation to the property's boundaries. A property survey is commonly used as a template for developing a Site Plan.

A Site Plan should include:

  • Existing and proposed buildings
  • Lot lines and dimensions to all buildings
  • North arrow
  • Physical features (i.e., rock outcrops, surface water, streams, marshes and trees)
  • Proposed changes to existing grade
  • Scale
  • Servicing location (hydro, water, sewer and gas)
  • Street location and name

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