The Building Department Overview

The primary role of the Building Department is to promote public safety and assist development in compliance with Federal, Provincial, County and local regulations. By enforcing Building Codes and assisting builders and home owners, the municipality ensures that the structures are safe, not only for today, but for many years to come.

The Building Department is a multi-faceted department, with its major roles including enforcement of the Ontario Building Code, Municipal By-Law Enforcement, Property Standards Enforcement, ensure the compatibility and protection of adjacent land uses, maintenance and sustainability of properties and the quality of life for Town of Minto residents and visitors. 

2012 Ontario Building Code

A new amendment to the 2012 Ontario Building Code has been recently enacted and comes into effect January 1, 2017 for Building Permits applied for after December 31, 2016. There are numerous changes from the former 2012 Ontario Building Code which will impact the construction of all types of buildings. These changes include, but are not limited to:

  • changes to Chapter 1 which relate to revisions in Chapter 3
  • Minor editorial changes to Chapter 2 which will continue to apply to construction for which a permit has been applied for before January 1, 2017
  • Major Revisions to Chapter 3 which will apply to construction for which a permit has been applied for after December 31, 2016 which include:
    • new prescriptive compliance packages that provide minimum 15 percent energy efficiency improvement over existing packages
    • drain water heat recovery units as a mandatory requirement for all prescriptive compliance packages
    • heat or energy recovery ventilators as a mandatory requirement for all packages in order to protect indoor air quality as homes get increasingly "air tight"
    • thermal U and effective RSI values along with nominal RSI values to provide added flexibility in the choice of different assembly structures e. g. basement walls and roofs
    • credits for reducing air leakage to encourage better energy conservation

Changes in the Code are identified on the amendment pages by a unique symbol and a corresponding effective date. These pages should be inserted into your Code now. Replacement pages should be kept for future reference.

To view these amendments please click here. To purchase a copy of the 2012 Ontario Building Code, visit Publications Ontario ( or Orderline (

To view a copy of the 2012 Ontario Building Code, visit E-Laws

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a new permanent, refundable Personal Income Tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home.