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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need a permit?

The City of Moncton requires that construction meet health, safety and property protection standards as regulated by the National Building Code and civic by-laws. Construction should create structures in which it is safe to live and work. This should be carried out in a manner that maintains or improves property values. Before a permit is issued, it must be demonstrated that your construction will meet these requirements.

When should you apply for a permit?

A building permit is required for all construction, the only exemptions being the following for a single unit dwelling only; repair in painting, re-roofing, insulating, removing UFFI; or repairing and installing interior finish for single unit dwellings.  The building code requirements are applicable whether or not a building permit is required.

Plumbing permit is required for all plumbing work including testable backflow preventer valves with the exception of replacing the existing plumbing fixtures.

If you are upgrading the pipes and plumbing fixtures a permit is required.  This work must be carried out by a licensed plumbing contractor.

For all plumbing renovations a backflow prevention device is required along with a device for thermal expansion.

All projects that require the installation of 30 or more plumbing fixtures require a schematic plan is to be submitted at the time of permit application submission. 

An electrical permit from the provincial government is required for all electrical work.

Please apply early as health, safety and property protection standards in your application must be verified and approved.

If you are unsure whether or not you require a building permit or have any questions about code requirements, do not hesitate to contact the Building Inspection department:

Tel: 506-856-4375 or 506-853-3534
Fax: 506-856-4357
info.inspection@moncton.ca

Who should apply for the permit?

The owner or agent must apply in person for a building permit. Discuss this with your contractor.

What is the fee for a permit?

All fees must be paid at the time of application in Building Inspection 2nd floor of City Hall, 655 Main Street by cash, cheque, debit or credit card and shall be submitted with your permit application.

  • Building Permit - $7.50 per $1,000 or part thereof of the construction value
  • Minimum Building Permit value is $25 plus Development Permit fee (see schedule of Development Permit fees).
  • Development Permit - see schedule of Development Permit fees (all Building Permits require a Development Permit)
  • Utility Activation Service Fee - $100 (if applicable)
  • Plumbing Permit - $50 application fee plus $20 per plumbing fixture and $30 per roof drain
  • Demolition Permit - $25 per structure (all Demolition Permits require a Development Permit and may be subject to a Damage Deposit)
  • Tent Permit - $25 per tent. All tent structures exceeding 18.6 square metres (200 square feet or 20 feet by 10 feet) and /or intended for public assembly require a Building Permit (all Tent Permits require a Development Permit)
  • File Search of Property - $70 including HST per file of a property located in the City of Moncton in reference to a property, any outstanding work orders, deficiencies, breaches or infractions in accordance to the City of Moncton by-laws
  • *A damage deposit of up to $500 will be required for certain projects where damage to City property could occur

Where do I apply for a permit?

The owner or agent may apply in person at the Building Inspection department, second floor of City Hall, 655 Main Street. For more information call 506-856-4375 or 506-853-3534, or e-mail info.inspection@moncton.ca.

What information is required?

Payment of building permit and plumbing permit must be completed at time of application. Building permit applications will not be taken for properties which have not been registered.

The following information is required to apply for a building permit:

  • Location of development (worksite) 
  • Mailing address, e-mail, telephone and fax number of the property owner 
  • Subdivision plan number for new subdivisions 
  • Mailing address, e-mail, telephone and fax number of the developer or contractor, and property identification (PID) number 
  • Zoning of property 
  • Proposed use (should the proposed use of the property not be compatible with the zoning by-law, contact the Building Inspection department) 
  • Description of the work to be performed 
  • Name of licensed plumbing contractor (where applicable) 
  • If a body of water is within 30 metres (98 feet), an approval may be required from the Department of Environment
  • Department of Health approval certificate is required where there are no municipal sanitary and water services available 
  • Application for proposed structures to be constructed on lands known to have been backfilled will include results and recommendations of a soils investigation stamped by a Geotechnical Professional Engineer registered or licensed to practice in New Brunswick
  • Plans as needed (see list below). *Note: all plans shall be drawn to the appropriate scale and the plans must be legible 
  • New Construction

    • Required: site plan, foundation plan, use (occupancy), floor plan(s), detail(s), typical wall section(s), window sizes, a relevant cross-section with stair detail, exterior elevation plan(s) and deck plan(s)
    • Truss shop drawings stamped by a professional engineer registered or licensed to practice in New Brunswick, current date and each page identified as to owner or contractor, civic address of the project and supplied with the layout of all roof and girder trusses required
    • May be required: plumbing schematic (more than 30 plumbing fixtures plumbing schematic is required), mechanical plan, electrical plan, and lot drainage plan.
  • Addition

    • Required: site plan, foundation plan, use (occupancy), floor plan(s), detail(s), typical wall section(s), window sizes, a relevant cross-section with stair detail, exterior elevation plans(s), deck plan(s) and truss shop drawings
    • May be required: plumbing plans mechanical plan, and electrical plan
  • Renovations

    • Required: use (occupancy), floor plan(s), window sizes
    • May be required: site plan, foundation plan, plumbing schematic, mechanical plan, electrical plan, detail(s), section(s), exterior elevation(s)
  • Repair or Replace

    • Required: site plan, use (occupancy) 
    • May be required: foundation plan, floor plan(s), detail(s), section(s) 
  • Accessory Building

    • Required: site plan, use (occupancy) 
    • May be required: foundation plan, detail(s), section(s), professional engineer's design, letter, on letterhead, from NB Power granting permission to construct in an easement (please contact this office to determine if this is required). 
  • Deck or Steps

    • Required: site plan, construction detail(s), section(s) 
    • May be required: professional engineer's design
  • Fence

    • Required: site plan 
    • May be required: detail(s), section, letter, on letterhead, from NB Power granting permission to construct in an easement (please contact this office to determine if this is required). 
  • Pool Fence

    • Required: site plan 
    • May be required: detail(s), section(s), letter, on letterhead, from NB Power granting permission to construct in an easement (please contact this office to determine if this is required). 
    • A 5-foot fence that cannot be climbed by toddlers must surround inflatable pools. The fence must be installed at least 4 feet away from the pool and a lockable gate is required on all fences enclosing the pool. Refer to By-Law Z-213, section 41 (1-8), p.51 to 53.
  • Swimming Pool

    • Required: site plan 
    • May be required: fencing detail(s), section(s), professional engineer's design for in-ground pools, letter, on letterhead, from NB Power granting permission to construct in an easement (please contact this office to determine if this is required).
    • Temporary pools: The pipe or hose connection must be equipped with a vacuum breaker valve to help prevent contaminated pool water from entering the drinking water stream
    • Permanent pools: backflow prevention devices must be installed on the water supply
    • Additional Information:  Swimming Pool and Enclosure requirements brochure
  • Change of Use

    • Required: use (occupancy) 
    • May be required: plot plan, foundation plan, floor plan(s), plumbing schematic, mechanical plan, electrical schematic, detail(s), section(s), exterior elevation(s) 
  • Demolition

    • Required: use (occupancy) 
  • Tents 

    • Required: site plan, floor plan, elevation plans, specification of tent fabric and flame resistance and anchorage design drawings stamped by professional engineer registered or licensed to practice in the province of New Brunswick
  • Signs

    • Required: site plan 
    • May be required: foundation plan, detail(s), section(s), exterior elevation(s), professional engineer's design
  • Approval Requirements

    1. Department of Health approval certificate where there are no municipal sanitary and water services available.
    2. Department of Environment (Clean Water Act) approval if building is located within 30 metres of restricted bodies of water.

            Contacts:

            Department of Health 
            Tel: 506-457-4800
            Fax: 506-453-5243
            hw_sme@gnb.ca
 

            Department of Environment
            Tel: 506-453-2690 
            Fax: 506-457-4991            

When is a seal of an architect or professional engineer required?

All plans and specifications provided in a building permit application shall be certified under the seal of an architect or professional engineer registered or licensed to practice in the province of New Brunswick where the work involves the construction of, or the addition to, a building which:

  • Exceeds 600 square metres in building area or three stories in building height (or)
  • Is used for assembly, institutional, hazardous industrial or commercial purposes.

What does the Utility Activation Service Fee of $100 include?

The Utility Activation Service Fee for storm, sanitary and water service laterals includes the following:

  • Water activation (turn the water service on)
  • Supply and installation of meter transmission unit
  • Geographical Information System mapping of the sanitary, storm and water service laterals
  • Administration fees to record the installation and type and size of all new storm, sanitary and water service laterals