Building By-Law Excerpts


This is a short synopsis of some of the Bylaws pertaining to buildings or structures. For more information, download the full Building By-Law No. 32-2015 or the Zoning By-Law No. 10-2005.

3.19 Extensions of Existing Buildings Encroaching Upon Yards

Notwithstanding the yard provisions of this Bylaw, the extension of any legal non-conforming building which has less than the required yard requirements is allowed, provided that such extension does not further contravene the yard provisions of this Bylaw.

2.80 Height

Height means, when used with reference to a building, the vertical distance between the grade at the front of a building and, in the case of

a.  a flat roof--the highest point of the roof or the parapet, whichever is greater
b.  a mansard roof--the deck roof line
c.  a gable, hip, or gambrel roof--the mean distance between the eaves and the ridge
d.  an A-frame construction--one and one half times the mean distance between the eaves and the ridge

3.12 Coverage Maximums--Residential

Notwithstanding the maximum lot coverage prescribed on Schedule B and all other applicable requirements

a.  all residential lots will be allowed a lot coverage of 100 square meters (1076 square feet)
b.  all residential lots will be subject to a maximum lot coverage of 500 square meters (5382 square feet)

3.13 Decks

Notwithstanding the yard and setback provisions of this Bylaw, an open air detached accessory deck on a lot zoned for residential use may be located in the front yard, if the total area of the deck does not exceed 14 square meters (151 square feet) and if the floor of the deck is no more than 2.0 meters (6.56 feet) above the grade of the land over which it is located. See also 3.67(c)

3.67(c) Unenclosed Balcony, Patio, Steps or Decks

Notwithstanding the yard provisions of this Bylaw, an attached unenclosed and uncovered balcony, patio, steps or deck may project into any required yard a maximum distance of 4 meters (13.12 feet) if it is not covered and 2.0 meters (6.56 feet) if it is covered but not closer than 1.2 meters (3.94 feet) to any lot line and further provided that in the case of a balcony, deck or steps such uses are not more than 2 meters (6.56 feet)above finished grade.

3.40 Mobile Homes

No person shall erect, locate or use any mobile home or homes except in accordance with the Ontario Building Code Act and provided that they are located on permanently fixed foundations.

3.59 Temporary Uses

In all zones, except the Environmental Protection (EP) Zone and the Flood Plain (FP) Zone to which this Bylaw applies, a temporary accessory building or structure is a permitted use where such a building or structure is incidental to the construction of a main building or structure permitted by this Bylaw. Such a temporary accessory building or structure shall only be permitted while the work is in progress, or until the work is completed, and for a time period which shall not exceed three years.

3.15 Docks

No person shall use land adjacent to, or a navigable waterway for the purpose of a dock or docks unless the following provisions are met:

a.  A dock or wharf permitted under Section 3.03 hereof shall not

1.  occupy more than 35 % of the lot frontage
2.  occupy more than 1% of the total lot area or 150 Square meters (1615 square feet), whichever is lesser

b.  a dock located on a lot zoned residential use is an accessory structure that is incidental to the main dwelling on the lot and shall not be constructed unless

1.  there is a main dwelling on the lot; or,
2.  a temporary or conditional building permit has been issued for the dock

c.  any dock(s) or wharf located in a waterway less than 30 meters (98.4 feet) in width shall be oriented so that it causes any boat, when docked, to be approximately parallel to the center line of the waterway adjacent to the dock

d.  no dock shall extend more than 25 % of the total distance across the adjacent waterway measured from shoreline to shoreline, or a maximum of 15 metres whichever is lesser.

e.  the dock is setback from the side lot line six metres including the extension of the side lot line into the water for a minimum distance of 20 metres.


3.29 Hunt Camps

Hunting camps are permitted in any zone except the Environmental Protection (EP) and Flood Plain (FP) Zones subject to a minimum building size of 10 square metres and a maximum building size of 50 square metres or in the case of a WF Zone, in accordance with the requirements set out on Sechedule "B".