Demolition permits are required when a building’s footprint will be decreased. This may be the entire building or only a portion of it. Exterior walls must be included in the scope of work. If the demolition is for interior spaces only, then an alteration permit (AL) should be applied for.
Prior to issuance of a demolition permit, a pre-demolition inspection is conducted. The purpose of this inspection is to confirm that the structure is vacant, the site is fenced in accordance with the Building By-Law and the building subject to the demolition exist. Demolition permits are not issued where there is no building on site or demolition of the building has commenced.
If the building exceeds 3-storeys in building height, exceeds 600 square metres in building area, or includes pre-tensioned or post-tensioned members, or if the demolition will extend below the level of the footings of an immediately adjacent building, or if explosives / lasers are proposed to be used for the demolition, then the following additional items are required to be submitted with the permit application: