Homeowners, builders reminded of need for building permits
Before you pick up a hammer or hire a carpenter to renovate your kitchen or build that addition, check with the building inspector first.
“We’d like to remind contractors and home owners, that before starting your renovations, additions or repairs to check if a permit is required,” said David Mackenzie, Eastern District Planning Commission’s building inspector for Victoria County.
Permits are required for most structural projects or projects costing more than $5,000, he added.
“Unless it’s a shed or a storage building less than 215 square feet – then you only require a building permit if you are wiring it for electricity,” said Mackenzie.
Due to zoning regulations in the village of Baddeck, residents there must apply for a development permit for any new buildings or any changes to an existing structure. The cost of a development permit is $40, regardless of the size or nature of the structure.
A resident or business building without a required permit may be issued a ‘stop work order’ which means all work on site must cease. If work continues a summary offense ticket in the amount of $697.50 to $1272.50 may be issued to the contractor or homeowner for everyday that work continues under the order.
Information on permits can be found at the Victoria County website at https:// www.victoriacounty.com/ planning-building.html ; at the Eastern District Planning website at www. edpc.ca; by calling toll free 1-888-625-5361 or locally 1-902-295-2900.