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Building and Renovating

For the first time since 2012, the 'Building in Seguin Workshop' is coming back! This workshop will be a 3-hour presentation that provides an overview of the Building Code, the building application process, planning considerations and new developments.

Key topics include:

  • Compliance and understanding of Seguin Zoning By-law 2006-125, including use of key maps
  • Seguin's Tree Cutting, Blasting and Fill By-laws
  • Septic Permits in relation to Building permits
  • Other applicable law such as entrance permits, MTO, MNRF requirements etc.
  • Proper completion of a Building Permit application and required plans
  • The Building Code Act including responsibilities of involved parties
  • Building Code changes with regard to Energy Efficiency, SB-10 and SB-12
  • When Building Permits are required and not required.
  • Timelines and required building inspections.
  • Proper installation and detailing around problem areas
  • Drain water heat recovery units.
  • Permit fees

It is mainly geared towards contractors/builders, designers and property owners that have ongoing projects, future plans for development or are just interested in the building process in Seguin.

The workshop will be presented by both the Seguin Building and Planning Department staff and have guest speakers from the local North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority office in regards to septic system requirements.

The workshop will be held upstairs at the Humphrey Community Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Coffee and snacks will be provided. Send your RSVP asap to or call 705-732-4300.


February 12, 2016 Effective immediately,

Attention: Designers, Contractors and Property Owners

Important changes to the approval process for shoreline structures have been identified. As a result of a court decision, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will begin issuing Land Use Permits (LUPs), free of charge for new, expanded and seasonal placement of docks and single-storey boathouses that occupy more than 15 square metres (shadow). Replacement structures will also require authorization if the structure occupies more than 15 square metres. In cases where construction includes works conducted on privately owned shore lands a work permit will also be required.  

The MNRF is developing a new application package for these docks and single-storey LUPs which should be available later during the week of February 22, 2016. If your members, contractors, property owners, builders, etc., have questions regarding the requirements please contact Carolyn Roy at the Parry Sound District Office at (705) 773-4202 or

Please be advised that the above permits must be in place prior to Seguin Township issuing a building permit.

Building In Seguin

As a homeowner, you may be planning to construct a new building, construct an addition or renovate an existing building but, before any construction can begin, you will need to ensure that you have obtained the required permits . Building Permits are required for new buildings, renovations and additions including, but not limited to; adding a room, finishing the basement, building a garage, remodeling the interior of your house or replacing a deck.

Please note: The Ontario Building Code is the standard for the Township of Seguin. In addition, certain local controls have been adopted to ensure the orderly development of the Municipality.

If you are planning to upgrade your property, you will need to follow the requirements of local By-laws as well as the relevant provincial acts and regulations. Remember that before any construction work begins, you must obtain a permit.

3 Step Process

Obtaining a Building Permit in Seguin is a 3 Step Process. By following the 3 steps, you will greatly enhance the efficiency of obtaining a Building Permit. It is the Township of Seguin's goal to issue Building Permits in the most expeditious manner possible.

Step 1 - Ensure compliance with all Zoning By-laws

Step 2 - Ensure Compliance With all Other Applicable Law

Step 3 - Ensure Compliance with the Ontario Building Code

Related Links

Do I need a Permit?

Map your Property - Find your Zone

Building Permit Procedures and Application Form

Permit Fees

Sewage Systems and Septic Re Inspections

Building Inspections

Useful Building Links