Building Department


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our

Chief Building Official, Dennis Rowntree

Tel:  705-389-2466 Ext. 26

Fax:  705-389-1855





This Guide Outlines Some Of The General Ideas Behind Applicable Laws And For The Most Part Pertains To Residential Buildings And Structures.


NB--This is a guide only, and not to be used as a substitute for the Ontario Building Code or Building Bylaws. Specific circumstances may apply to your situation, and the Building Official can only review these after you submit a formal application and drawings. The following topics are but a few of the commonly asked questions and reoccurring situations, and are intended to draw your attention to circumstances you may encounter prior to beginning your project.


Zoning By-Law 10-2005 Setbacks - Sample Diagram


How-To Determine What You Can Build

1. Find your Property on the West Parry Sound Geography Network using your Roll Number, Street Address, or Lot and Concession.

2. Consult Whitestone Zoning Maps to determine Zone Boundaries for your Property; Maps are PDF format and open in a new window.

a. Sheet index in Zoning Bylaw Schedule A
b. Setback diagram in Zoning Guide
c. Zone requirements in Zoning Bylaw Schedule B
d. Sheets 1 to 9
file includes sheets from the former Townships of Burton, McKenzie, Ferrie, and the Village of Maple Island
e. Sheets 10 to 22
file includes sheets from the rest of Ferrie, East Burpee, Hagerman, Croft, and the Village of Dunchurch

3. Once you know your Property's Zone, review the Lot requirements found on Zoning Bylaw No. 10-2005

Building Bylaw

Download the complete Building Bylaw No. 32-2015
Review the Building Fees on our User Fees By-Law No. 25-2015

Building Department Site Map

General Information Page

Caring for your Sewage System
Why do we have By-Laws and Codes?
How long does it take to obtain a Permit?
When is a Building/Demolition Permit required?
Ontario Building Code Excerpts
Examples of projects that require a Permit
Examples of projects that may not require a Permit
Construction without a Permit

Building Bylaw Excerpts

Frontage on Public Road or Street
Set Backs
Wahwashkesh Lake Flood Elevation
Extensions of Existing Buildings Encroaching Upon Yards
Coverage Maximums? Residential
Mobile Homes
Accessory Buildings
Accessory Uses
Sleeping Cabin
Temporary Uses
Pumphouse Restrictions
Hunting Camp

Applying For A Building Permit

Download Forms
Items Required for Complete Application
Required Drawings & Plans
Docks & Boathouses

Request For Inspection

Required Inspections
Accessibility to Inspect
Conditions for Residential Occupancy
Notification of Occupancy