The Building Department is responsible to ensure that all building construction governed by a building permit meets the minimum acceptable standards as required by statutory authority under the Building Code Act. This is accomplished through the processing of all building permits, the review of applications for compliance with the Ontario Building Code, and the site inspection of all construction projects.

Water Service Connection Permit

On Dec 20, 2016, City Council approved the Water Service Connection By-law to enhance the City’s ability to provide safe, reliable and economical water services while maintaining and improving on the customer service provided to the residents.

As per the bylaw, new customers will be required to submit a written application form instead of a verbal request to get the Water Service Connection Permit to connect to the City’s drinking water system. To get the Permit, please complete the online application form provided below and submit to the City.

There is no fee to process the application form. However there are fees for services such as inspection of the water service installed, water meter supplied by the City, water account set up etc., which are usually applied to the customers first water bill.

After successful submission of the application form, a confirmation of receipt of the application will be emailed to you.

Click to begin the online application process for Water Service Connection Permit Application

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the City Customer Services Department at (519) 756-1360.

Zoning Compliance Request

The Building Information and Zoning Compliance Certificate will provide information with respect to the zoning designation of the property, permitted uses of a property, and if a survey is provided, it will confirm if the buildings are located in compliance with the development regulations of the zoning by-law. In order for our staff to properly determine the correct zoning of your property, it will be necessary for you to identify the property location as described in the Form Completion Instructions. Click to submit a Zoning Compliance Request.

Ontario Power Authority Feed-in Tariff Program

In November 2013, the Revised Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program was opened by the Government of Ontario.

The FIT program deals with renewable energy sources (i.e. rooftop solar projects) 500 kW or smaller in size. Those applying for a FIT contract through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) are encouraged to have a municipal support resolution to assist them in obtaining priority points on their applications.

Version 5.0 of the FIT program was implemented with direction by the Minister of Energy on April 5, 2016. Rules, contract, standard definitions, prescribed forms, and related materials of the program have undergone minor revisions.

The IESO has incorporated a new requirement into the FIT 3.1 rules for projects that were successful in receiving FIT Contracts under this version and that have previously received resolutions from the Municipality. As part of this requirement, FIT 3.1 Contract holders are required to request that the Municipality re-issue a new Resolution in order to confirm their support for projects that were awarded contracts.  This allows projects to continue through the development stages of the Contract.

The City of Brantford has adopted a new Blanket Resolution(s) consistent with Council’s approach for the previous iterations of the FIT program (Version 5.0) and FIT 3.1 Contract Holders. The FIT program window to accept applications for 2016 will open October 31st, 2016 and the window will close November 18th, 2016. Both application requests are available below:

Click to download a PDF version of the resolution.

Click to download a PDF version of the Municipal Support Blanket Resolution: Notice to Proceed for FIT 5.0

Find out more about the FIT Program requirements and application windows from the Ontario Power Authority's website (open in a new window).

WSIB: Mandatory Coverage in the Construction Industry

If you work in construction, the rules for mandatory WSIB coverage have changed. Do you run your own construction business? Are you the purchaser of construction services? Big or small, with workers or without, you still need to know what's changed. Find out what it means for you.