Building Permit Reinstatement Policy

A building permit is considered expired if construction has not begun within 6 months of the permit issue date or if there is more than 12 months of inactivity after construction has begun. Effectively immediately, a City Hall Building Department supervisor may approve permit reinstatements. Reinstatements will be processed using the Easy Permit Process (EPP) as outlined below.

1. An EPP application must be submitted to the Department of Buildings at City Hall Room 906.

2. A City Hall supervisor will contact a New Construction Supervising Inspector to verify if there are issues with the construction site or inspections.

3. If reinstatement of a permit is approved by a supervisor then the following fees will apply: 

  • When there has been 6-12 months of no construction activity on the permit, a fee of 25% of the original permit cost will be charged to extend a permit.
  • When there has been more than 1 year and less than 3 years of no construction activity on the permit, a fee of 50% of the original permit cost will be charged to extend a permit.
  • When there has been more than 3 years and less than 5 years of no construction activity on the permit, a fee of 75% of the original permit cost will be charged to extend a permit. Permits with five or more years of no construction activity must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Buildings Commissioner. If approved, the reinstatement permit fee will be 100% of the original permit fee.

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