About Building Services

About Building Services

Building Services is responsible for providing information and assistance to homeowners, business owners, contractors, builders and design professionals during the construction and development of buildings in their efforts to achieve healthy and safe living environments; by promoting excellence in design and to minimum building construction standards.

We accomplish this this by reviewing permit applications and drawings for proposed construction; issuing building permits; conducting routine building inspections, enforcing minimum standards for non-compliance and securing unsafe buildings.

We are responsible for the enforcement of the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code regulations to ensure minimum standards are achieved for all building construction including septic systems, change of use and demolitions.  

Building Services also administers several Town by-laws including the Sign By-lawFence By-law and Swimming Pool By-law. Building Services issue permits for all signage in the Town and is the liaison for the Collingwood Heritage Advisory Committee and issues heritage permits. Building services also administers the 911 addressing and street names within Collingwood.

In all of our activities, our focus is public safety and providing excellent customer service.

E-Permit Service

Our new e-Permit Service allows you to submit your building permit application electronically. Please enter your contact info and drag your permit application files onto the window below to submit your building permit application or email: building@collingwood.ca

If you are a homeowner or you are not under a company please enter Homeowner or Owner Agent in the Company field.

Please review the following to get started:


Do you need a Building Permit?

A building permit is required before starting a construction, demolition or renovation project, other than the exceptions listed below. This is provided for general guidance and is not an all-encompassing listing. For advice on whether your project requires a permit, contact us at building@collingwood.ca or 705-445-1030 extension 3243.

Examples of Projects that  Do Require a Building Permit

Examples of Projects that Do Not Require a Building Permit

If you are within the Downtown Collingwood Heritage Conservation District or your building is designated under the Heritage Act you may require a Minor Heritage Permit.

Although a building permit may not be required, compliance with the Town Zoning By-law is still required where applicable.


Building Permit Application Forms Building Related By-laws
Building Services Documents Heritage Collingwood Website
Residential Deck Construction Guide Building Permit Fees
Ontario Building Code Permit Statistics

Department Contacts

Inspection Request Email   
Phone: x

Administrative Assistant
Lynn Gowan   
Phone: 705-445-1030 x3243

Building Inspector
Corey Eppinghaus   
Phone: 705-445-1030 x3235

Building Inspector
Leah Hewgill   
Phone: 705-445-1030 x3298

Deputy Chief Building Official
Brian Bell   
Phone: 705-445-1030 x3297

Chief Building Official
Greg Miller   
Phone: 705-445-1030 x3241

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 157
Collingwood, ON

Office Location

The Municipal Offices

(courier shipments not mailing)
55 Ste. Marie St., Unit 301
Collingwood, Ontario
L9Y 0W6

Permit Guidelines

New Dwelling: Municipal Services

New Dwelling: Private Services

Residential Addition or Renovation

Finished Basement

Accessory Building (Detached Garage, Shed)

Residential Deck

New Accessory Apartment (Existing House)

Demolition of a Building

Temporary Tents

Sign Permits on Private Property

Backflow Prevention Device

Small Business Change of Use


Application Forms

Building Permit Application Form

Sign Permit Application Form

Sign Variance Application Form

Heritage Permit Application Form