OBC Examination Preparation Courses

Supported by our surrounding Municipalities, Dysart et al is happy to announce that we will be hosting a variety of exam prep courses over the coming months in an effort to increase our numbers of qualified professionals in the area and fill the various career vacancies in the industry.

These courses will be facilitated by Karl Korpela, our Chief Building Official within local Dysart facilities. Each course will be guided along the syllabus available for each course. These courses are not implemented by the OBOA.

Each course will be offered at a cost of $163 per person. Each person should have access to a current copy of the Ontario Building Code. The courses will be offered in a series of half-day in class sessions on dates specified in the below table.

The Ontario Building Code is available electronically, however, you will require a formal hard copy for the examination. The Ontario Building Code includes Volume 1 and Volume 2. You can purchase the Building Code through Publications Ontario

 House Course

Dates: December 5-9, 12-14, 2022

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Upstairs of the Haliburton Arena (A.J. Larue Arena - 728 Mountain Street, Haliburton ON)

Cost: $163.00 + HST per person

 Legal Course

Dates: January 16-20, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: TBD - in Haliburton

Cost: $163.00 + HST per person

Register Here

 Plumbing Course

Dates: January 30-31, February 1-2, 4-8, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: TBD - in Haliburton

Cost: $163.00 + HST per person

Register Here

 HVAC Course

Dates: February 27-28, March 1-3, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: TBD

Cost: $163.00 + HST per person

Registration: Coming soon

 Septic Course

Dates: March 20-24, 27-29, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: TBD

Cost: $163.00 + HST per person

Registration: Coming soon

Building Department Information

 Building Permit Information
A building permit is formal approval from your municipality to construct, repair, alter, renovate a building or install plumbing.

Building permits allow the Municipality to protect the interests of property owners and the community as a whole. By reviewing plans before any work is done, staff can ensure that buildings comply with the local zoning by-law and its controls on buildings and uses that are suitable to the area; the Ontario Building Code Volume 1 and Volume 2, which sets standards for design, life safety issues and materials, and other health and safety regulations.

The Ontario Building Code requires that a complete building permit application for small projects and houses will be processed within 10 days. You will be advised at the time of application or within 2 business days, if the application is incomplete.

Besides building permit requirements, there are other agencies that need to be consulted during the planning and design and building process.

 Building Permit Application Form
 Other Related Documents
 Frequently Asked Questions

Quite often homeowners, contractors, perspective buyers, etc. contact our office with questions pertaining to what can/ cannot be built on a property. We have compiled a general list of Frequently Asked Questions for a quick reference. It is important to note that even if a building permit is not required, all Zoning By-Law restrictions must be adhered to, and Septic compliance may also be a factor.

If your question is not answered within our general list, please contact the building department directly and we will be able to guide you in the right direction. 

 File Search Application
Our File Search Application is to be used anytime someone is looking for information or copies of documents pertaining to historic building or septic permits. Please complete the online File Search Application and submit with payment for your request to be processed in a timely manner. 

Examples of these requests include septic installation reports, occupancy permits, copies of drawings, inspection reports, etc.

 PDF Copy of Form
If you are unable to complete the online application located above, please print and fill out the application form, and submit it to the building department, with the applicable payment.
 Zoning
For information regarding property zoning and amendments, please visit the Planning and Land Information page.
 Entrance Permits
An entrance permit is required to install a new entrance on your property, to change the location of an existing one, or to install a second entrance. Entrance approvals are handled by the Roads Department of the Municipality or the County of Haliburton or the Ministry of Transportation depending on which jurisdiction looks after your road maintenance. 
 Civic Addressing
New civic addresses (9-1-1 numbers) for vacant lots and new entrances are acquired through the County of Haliburton Civic Addressing Department. Please contact the County of Haliburton directly for guidance.
 Municipal Sewer Connection
The Municipality of Dysart et al has a sanitary sewer system in a limited portion of the town of Haliburton. To determine if your property is eligible for connection, please consult with the Public Works department; for more information on municipal services go to our Water and Sewage page. Requirements for the connection process are outlined in our Sanitary Sewer Systems By-Law.
Tree Removal
When it comes to removing trees on your property, enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the County of Haliburton.  Please see links on the sidebar that relate to both shoreline tree preservation and the forest conservation by-law.
Electrical Permits
Electrical permits and inspections fall under the jurisdiction of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). It’s the responsibility of the homeowner or builder to contact the ESA for proper approvals. The ESA can be reached at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233) and you can apply for a permit online at the link on the sidebar.
Building Inspector Requirements
 Septic Permit Information

Since July 2014, the Municipality of Dysart et al has administered Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code (Volume 1 and Volume 2) in house. Municipal Building and Septic Inspection staff have been trained and certified and have successfully managed this new part of their portfolio for the past few years.

 

Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code, governs sizing requirements and setback information regarding all classifications of on-site sewage systems. Please bear in mind that Sewage Systems should be designed and installed by qualified professionals, with the exception of homeowners. 
 Septic Permit Application Forms
 Sewage System Review

According to the OBC, any time there is an alteration to a dwelling which includes an added plumbing fixture, an additional bedroom or an increase in living space of 15% or more, the property is subject to a septic review. Please fill in our Septic Review Application for Existing Septic Systems. Please note that included in the review process is a required site visit during which a municipal inspector will need access into the dwelling and/or accessory buildings.

 PDF Copy of Form
 Septic System Maintenance

There are many components to a septic system and not everybody is well versed in the technology and how it all works. Please reference the recommended Do's and Don'ts sheet created by the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association. We also have available, some custom fridge magnets, that remind property owners when to pump and inspect their systems to help keep it healthy.

To learn more about the importance of proper septic maintenance and usage, check out this Lake Protector Video titled Poop Talk - It's All About The Water which provides a breakdown on the mechanics of an operational septic system. 

 File Search Application
Our File Search Application is to be used anytime someone is looking for information or copies of documents pertaining to historic building or septic permits. Please complete the online File Search Application and submit with payment for your request to be processed in a timely manner. 

Examples of these requests include septic installation reports, occupancy permits, copies of drawings, inspection reports, etc.

 PDF Copy of Form
If you are unable to complete the online application located above, please print and fill out the application form, and submit it to the building department, with the applicable payment.

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