Building Permits are Required:

In general to erect, install, extend, change the use of, alter or repair a building.  A building is defined as a structure occupying an area greater than 10 square meters (107 square feet).

The following are examples of projects which would require building permits:

  • construct a new home
  • add a carport, garage, or rooms to an existing home
  • install new rooms in the attic
  • any structural work
  • add dormers
  • enclose a porch – roof over a sundeck
  • repairs or renovations
  • raise the house to provide a full basement or first storey
  • excavate the basement to provide a full basement
  • add structural features such as decks, balconies, canopies etc
  • accessory buildings such as garage, tool shed, playhouse, etc.
  • (separate from the house) (see our staff re: allowable size)
  • retaining wall – in excess of 1 metre in height
  • install a swimming pool
  • install chimney, wood stove, fireplace

Building Permits not required:

When you do non-structural work such as:

  • painting
  • landscaping, sidewalks, driveways
  • kitchen cupboards
  • eaves trough
  • erect a fence other than swimming pool enclosure fence

To Apply for Building Permit Online:

The Township of McKellar is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community in all our service communities Cloudpermit - an online system to apply for and track your building permits.


The Cloudpermit building permit system allows you to apply for and to see the status of your application anywhere, at any time. You can start an application and finish it later, and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. You can even request building inspections!

To get started, click the link below.

Apply for a Building Permit

Need help with Cloudpermit?

Getting Starting with Cloudpermit: A step-by-step walk through from login to submitting your first application


How to Submit a Building Permit application Video Tutorial:


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Cloudpermit Support

Inspection Information:

  • Inspection information will be provided with all permits.
  • Please ensure that inspection requests are made at least one day in advance.
  • To book your inspection, use the inspection option in the online Cloudpermit system OR contact the Building Department.
  • Inspections are generally conducted in the afternoon.

Building Permit Fees:

Please refer to the Building By-law No 2008-17 (Amended Schedule A - By-law No 2018-26) for applicable building permit fees. 

 Call before you dig:

You may need approval/underground locations or permits from:

  • Committee of Adjustment
    • minor variance
    • land severance
  • Planning Department
  • Rezoning
    • development control
  • Bell Canada
    • underground telephone locations
  • Ontario Hydro
    • underground hydro locations

Building Permit Applications:

Important Contact Information:

Chris Bordeleau, Chief Building Official
Township of McKellar
P.O. Box 69, 701 Hwy #124
McKellar, Ontario P0G 1C0
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
(705) 389-2842
RE: Permits, Inspections, Inquires


North-Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority
69 Bowes Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 2L5
(705) 746-7566
RE: Private Waste Disposal Systems


Greg Gostick, Director of Operations
Township of McKellar
P.O. Box 69, 701 Hwy #124
McKellar, Ontario P0G 1C0
(705) 389-2891
RE: Entrance Permits


Ministry of Natural Resources
7 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1S4
(705) 746-4201
RE: All work on or above the Crown Lake Bed

Ministry of Natural Resources Working on Water Permit


Department of Fisheries & Oceans
Fish Habitat Management
28 Waubeek Street
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 1B9
(705) 746-2196 Ext 215 or 213
RE: Fish Habitat Review

Ministry of Transportation
207 Main Street W
P.O. Bag 5000
Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1Z9
(705) 789-2391
RE: Building or Land Use Permit
and/or Entrance Permit

Electrical Safety Authority
Customer Service Centre
P.O. Box 24143,
Pinebush Postal Outlet
Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 8E6
(877) 372-7233 or
RE: Application for Inspection


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Zoning By-laws

Committee of Adjustment - Minor Variances

Guide to Minor Variances

Application for Minor Variance

By-law No. 2022-07

By-law No. 2022-13

Notice of Public Meeting 

 A-01-2024 (Wolsegger) - March 19, 2024


 A-01-2023 (Hamel) - January 24, 2023

A-02-2023 (King) - March 7, 2023

A-03-2023 (McKeag) - April 18, 2023

A-04-2023 (Reed) - April 18, 2023

A-05-2023 (Szepaniak) - May 16, 2023

A-06-2023 (Brisbin) - June 6, 2023

A-07-2023 (Klimstra) - August 1, 2023

A-08-2023 (Goldshmidt) - August 15, 2023

A-09-2023 (Nunn) - October 3, 2023

A-10-2023 (Goldshmidt) - November 7, 2023

A-11-2023 (Emmons) - November 21, 2023

A-12-2023 (Slama) - November 21, 2023

A-13-2023 (Brisbin) - December 5, 2023



Committee of Adjustment Agenda
March 19, 2024


December 5, 2023

November 21, 2023

November 7, 2023

October 3, 2023

August 15, 2023

August 1, 2023

June 6, 2023

May 16, 2023

April 18, 2023

March 7, 2023

January 24, 2023


Committee of Adjustment Minutes
 March 19, 2024 - Draft 


December 5, 2023 - Draft 

November 21, 2023 

November 7, 2023

October 3, 2023

August 15, 2023

August 1 ,2023

June 6, 2023

May 16, 2023

April 18, 2023

March 7, 2023

January 24, 2023


Notice of Decision



A-2024-01 (Wolsegger) Notice of Decision


A-2023-13 (Brisbin) Notice of Decision 

A-2023-12 (Slama) Notice of Decision 

A-2023-11 (Emmons) Notice of Decision

A-2023-10 (Goldshmidt) Notice of Decision

A-2023-09 (Nunn) Notice of Decision 
A-2023-08 (Goldshmidt) Notice of Decision
A-2023-07 (Klimstra) Notice of Decision
A-2023-06 (Brisbin) Notice of Decision

A-2023-05 (Szepaniak) Notice of Decision 

A-2023-04 (Reed) Notice of Decision 

A-2023-03 (McKeag) Notice of Decision 

Notice of Passing By-law 2023-12 – LeBlanc ZBLA

Notice of Passing By-law 2022-57 – Grant ZBLA

A-02-2023 (King) Notice of Decision


REED - Notice of Decision

HARDIE - Notice of Decision


SLAMA - Notice of Decision

KONRAD - Notice of Decision

2805538 ONTARIO INC. - Notice of Decision


Official Plan