NEW: Virtual/Remote Inspections can be requested for the following: Occupied Buildings, All inspection types except Footing and Framing, Re-inspections when the Inspector determines an In-Person Site Inspection is not necessary and; any other practical Inspection. 

Map of Aurora Town Hall with Red marker indicating the Pickup locationPlanning and Development Services is accepting new applications this includes intake of permits, building/engineering plans, and all development planning applications (For example, Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Site Plans, Condo Plans, and Committee of Adjustment applications.) The pick-up and drop-off area is located at the North-East corner of
the back entrance of Aurora Town Hall. There will also be a box for anyone having to pick-up material with pre-arranged instructions provided. For more information on Planning or Engineering related matters, please call 905-727-3123 ext. 4226 or click to email planning or engineering. For Building related matters, please call 905-727-2123 ext. 4388 or click to email building. 

We are now accepting credit card payment for permit applications. In order to pay by credit card applicant must fill out the Authorization of Credit Card Use.  The form can be either emailed to the building division or drop off in a sealed envelope marked with project address to the mailbox located at the front entrance of Town Hall.  Cheques must now be placed in a sealed envelope and  dropped off to the mailbox located at the front entrance of Town Hall. For security purposes, please do not include cheque with permit application.

Building Code Review and Inspections is responsible for the review of all application plans and documents. Building Inspectors and Examiners perform various on-site inspections to verify compliance with the Ontario Building Code and other related standards and bylaws.

These reviews and approvals are meant to ensure that the minimum construction standards established by the Ontario Building Code have been met to protect the health, safety and welfare of both inhabitants and users of buildings.

Application Forms

Permit and inspection fees list

Book an inspection

To schedule an inspection, please call 905-726-4778 or email

To book a swimming pool or hot tub inspection, please call 905-727-1375 ext. 4240 or email

Please provide the information found on your permit placard including:

  • Permit Number
  • Project location (lot and plan number or municipal address)
  • Type of inspection you are requesting
  • Contact name and phone number

Inspection requests made by 4 p.m. will be scheduled for the following business day. Inspection requests made after 4 p.m. will be scheduled for two business days.

If you are requesting an inspection for a particular day, please schedule your request by indicating your preferred date.

Please note: Same day inspections are not available and specific times can only be accommodated by making arrangements with the inspector on the day of the scheduled inspection.

Code of Conduct for CBO & Inspectors

The Town of Aurora has established this Code in accordance with the Building Code Act and maintains standards and principles outlined in this code.

Standards of Conduct

Building Officials in exercising their power and performing their duties shall at all times:

  • Promote public safety and safety of buildings with reference to public health, fire protection, structural sufficiency, barrier-free accessibility, energy conservation and environmental integrity.
  • Apply the Building Code Act, Building Code and all applicable legislation uniformly and impartially without influence from anyone.
  • Act only within the category or categories of qualifications obtained under the Building Code Act.
  • Commit to a continuous education program to keep apprised of developments in the building regulatory framework, building practices and designs.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner with honesty and integrity
  • Manage confidential and sensitive information in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Report any conflict of interest that may arise in which private interest or personal consideration may affect their judgement in carrying out their roles and responsibilities.

Guidelines for Responding to Allegations of Breaches of the Code

  • The Building Code Act prescribes that the conduct of the CBO and the Inspectors will be measured against this code. Any allegations of a breach of conduct will be kept confidential.
  • The CBO will review any allegations of a breach in the Code of Conduct by an inspector. If justified, the CBO will conduct an investigation and recommend disciplinary action, if any, to be taken against the inspector who fails to comply with this code.
  • Where allegations are made against the CBO, the Chief Administrative Officer shall review and if justified, investigate any allegations and recommend to Council appropriate action.

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action arising from violations of this Code of Conduct is the responsibility of the Corporation of the Town of Aurora and will be based on the severity of the violation in accordance with employment laws and standards.

When are permits not required?

Projects that do not require a building permit must still comply with the requirements of the Town of Aurora Zoning By-law and if applicable, the Ontario Building Code.

  • Wooden decks (including pool decks) with no roof, where the finished deck level is not greater than 0.6 metres (2’) above adjacent finished grade either attached for detached to a structure.
  • Constructing a detached accessory building that has an area of 10 sq. metres or less and contains no plumbing. Note: the location, height, etc. is regulated by the Town’s Zoning By-law.
  • Erect a fence, other than a pool enclosure fence. Compliance with the Town’s Fence By-law is required. Note: Building permits are required to erect a pool enclosure fence in accordance with the fence By-law.
  • Open slot wood roof joist with no sheathing or roof covering placed on the narrow edge not closer than 12 inches on centre.
  • Skylights installed in a single family, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling units, provided no structural members are cut or altered.
  • Re-cladding with non-combustible material excluding brick or stone veneer.
  • Re-insulating or adding insulation.
  • Window or door replacement providing the opening is not enlarged or altered.
  • Furnace and boiler replacements, add on cooling systems, gas fireplaces, air cleaners and in-line humidifiers installed in single family, semi-detached and townhouse dwelling units. +
  • Repair or replacement of plumbing fixtures and/or appliances.
  • Replacement of kitchen and bathroom cupboards without plumbing work.
  • Re-roofing using similar materials except where structural work is involved.
  • Finish basements where there are no structural alteration or additional sleeping accommodations proposed. Not all proposed plumbing requires a plumbing permit.
  • Canopy/storm porch enclosure where the roof is existing, enclosing not more than 5.0 square metres of floor area.
  • Minor repairs such as installation of chimney caps, chimney linter and repointing of brick work,
  • Installation of counters, millwork and floor finishing.
  • Repair of leaking foundations where there is no structural work involved.
  • Emergency drain repair.
  • Temporary tents not more than 60 sq. metres in aggregate ground area, not attached to a building and minimum 30 metres from other structures.

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