Municipalities are responsible for enforcing the Building Code Act and Building Code within their local jurisdictions. Their responsibilities include: reviewing and issuing building permits, conducting inspections during construction to make sure work is in compliance with the Building Code and building permits, setting fees for building permits and enforcing compliance through inspections and if necessary, issuing orders (e.g., stop work orders and orders to comply). Municipalities also have the authority to prosecute individuals, including building owners, if their orders are not followed. The province has assigned enforcement responsibilities under the Building Code for small on-site sewage systems to some boards of health and conservation authorities.
Under the Act, municipalities also have the ability to develop property standards by-laws that address how buildings and surrounding properties (e.g., landscape) must be maintained.
The province does not oversee the enforcement activities of municipalities.
The council of each municipality is required to appoint a chief building official and as many qualified inspectors as are needed to carry out their duties regarding enforcement. Building Code
Your home is likely your biggest investment. You should plan for the responsibilities of homeownership even before you move.
Consider the following tips for new homeowners.
Make your mortgage payments on time. Late or missed payments can lead to extra charges and affect your credit rating.
Anticipate the costs of operating a home.
Extra expenses may include repair and maintenance costs, snow removal and alarm monitoring. Live within your budget.
Check every few months to see if you’re spending more than you earn. If you are, find new ways to save more or spend less. Save for emergencies. Set aside five per cent of your income as an emergency fund to be ready for unexpected expenses. Protect your home and family. Prepare an emergency evacuation plan and check fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
Talk to your lender or broker if your new home needs repairs or renovations. There may be financing options that can be included with your mortgage loan.
If you make energy efficiency improvements, you may qualify for a partial refund of your mortgage loan insurance.
PRICELESS: When you are doing Spring cleaning, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. These inexpensive devices can save your life.