Our Building Services issues building permits to help create safe, accessible and sustainable buildings in the Town of Saugeen Shores. View when you need to submit an application for a building permit.

How to apply for a building permit

Follow these steps to complete your application:

  • Complete an Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish. Paper copies are available at our municipal office.
  • Include the following documents with your application:
    • A site plan
    • A lot grading and drainage plan prepared by a professional engineer (P.Eng), certified engineering technologist (CET) or Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) as applicable
    • Two sets of plans and specifications (one set will be returned to you to keep on the construction site)
  • Submit your completed application and required documents one of the following ways:

    • In person or by mail to the Municipal Office at 600 Tomlinson Drive PO Box 820 Port Elgin ON N0H2C4

    • By email to Building Services. Please note, you will be charged a printing fee ($18.08 per page larger than 11x17”, $.36 per page smaller than 11x17”) when submitting by email as we require physical copies of required documents.

Please see Section 3.2 of our Building By-law for more information on completing application requirements for specific types of buildings. If you have questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Building permit fees

View the following list for fees associated with building new buildings or structures:

  • Residential Buildings, Additions & Renovations - finished space: $9.95 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • Residential Buildings, Additions & Renovations - unfinished spaces: $6.45 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • Commercial, Group D and Group E: $10.45 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • Assembly/Institutional, Group and B: $11.76 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • Institutional or Group A Assembly Occupancies: $11.48 per m² with a minimum fee of $135.00

  • Industrial, Group F1, F2 and F3: $8.09 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • New Accessory Buildings for Small Buildings under Part 9 (non-farm): $6.45 per m² with a minimum fee of $138.35

  • Demolition: $143.97

  • Letter of Compliance: $93.36

  • Letter of Compliance in less than 48 hours: $137.43

View a list of our classes of permits and permit fees.

Fee reductions

You may qualify for a reduction in building permit fees for your renovation if the land is located within downtown Port Elgin or downtown Southampton. Fees in these areas are 50 per cent of the calculated required fee. We use our Building and Sign Permit Fee Reduction Policy to help eligible local business thrive in the downtown cores.

How to pay

We accept the following forms of payment for building permit fees:

  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Money order
  • Cheque
  • VISA
  • Mastercard

Cheques and money orders are payable to the Town of Saugeen Shores. Please note, VISA and Mastercard are not accepted forms of payment for development charges.