A change of use permit is formal permission from the municipality to commence construction to change the use of a building or a portion thereof. It means the plans that have been submitted for permit have been reviewed by the municipality for compliance to the Ontario Building Code, the zoning bylaw and other applicable laws.

Change of use permits are necessary to ensure that zoning requirements, fire and structural safety standards and other building standards are met, primarily for health and safety reasons. It is the building and or property owner's responsibility to ensure that a change of use permit is obtained when required.

Change of use permits are required when there is a change of major occupancy in the building as provided in part 2 & 10 of the Ontario Building Code.

Change of use permit fees are based on the value of the work; $25 for the first $1000 of work and $7 dollars for each subsequent $1000 of work. The value shall include all costs associated with the work and the Chief Building Official may place a value on the work and the change of use permit applicant shall pay the prescribed fee before the issuance of the permit.

Change of use permit applications can be made through the Planning and Building Services Department, City of St. Thomas. Should you have enquiries regarding change of use permits please call Building Services at (519) 631-1680 ext.4160.