Building Permits

Construction activity, including plumbing, must meet health, safety and property protection standards as regulated by the National Building Code and civic by-laws.

2022 Fees & Charges

Please note that effective January 1, 2022, there are changes to the City of Moncton’s Fees and Charges By-law (By-law A-1318) which outlines the costs associated to development. The year-over-year changes are increases of approximately 3-5% to adjust the fees and charges for inflation.

2022 Fees & Charges

The City of Moncton’s Planning and Development Department is responsible for providing building permits for the City of Moncton. For more information on other types of residential permits and/or the building permit application process, please contact Planning and Development.

Fences

What type of permit is required for a fence?

A Development Permit is required before the installation of a fence in the City of Moncton. If the fence will be used to enclose a swimming pool or a swim spa able to contain more than 1 metre of water, refer to the section on “Swimming Pool, Swim Spa and Swimming Pool Enclosure”.

Planning the Project

The fence project is subject to Section 40 of By-Law #Z-222: City of Moncton Zoning By-law. Easements registered on the property and protected water courses/wetlands also need to be considered when planning the project.

Common Questions: 

  • How high can I build my fence? Fences in a residential zone can be up to 1 metre in height in the required front yard and up to 2 metres in height in the side yard, flankage yard and rear yard.
  • How far do I need to keep my fence from my property line? The Zoning By-law does not outline a minimum set-back requirement for a fence. However, the fence must be entirely within the property.
  • What needs to be done if the area of my project has a registered easement? For a utility easement, contact NB Power at 1.800.663.6272 to request a consent letter for permission to install a fence within the easement. For a municipal easement, contact the City of Moncton Design and Construction Department at 506.853.3525.
  • What needs to be done if the area of my project is protected by the Department of Environment? If the property requested is protected by the Department of Environment, residents must contact them for additional information by phoning 506.856.2374 as a Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit (WAWA) may be required.

Required Documents

For the Development Permit submittal, please include:

  • A completed Development Permit application form
  • A site plan sketch with the following information (a typical site sketch can be downloaded for use here):
    • the property lines;
    • the buildings on the property;
    • the proposed fence location;
    • the proposed fence height(s);
    • the proposed fence length(s);
    • the proposed fence material(s);
    • a note stating that the fence will not be used to enclose a swimming pool or a swim spa able to contain more than 1 metre of water (if so, refer to the section on Pool and/or Pool Enclosure).
  • An easement consent letter if the fence is proposed in a registered easement
  • A Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit (WAWA) if the fence is proposed in a protected watercourse or wetland buffer.

How to Apply

The Development Permit (and required documentation) can be submitted in-person, by mail, or by email at info.inspection@moncton.ca.

Fees

The following fees apply for Development Permits:

  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property of a single or a two unit dwelling: $40
  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property other than a single or a two-unit dwelling: $55 to $690 based on the value of the project

  

 

Swimming Pool, Swim Spa, and Swimming Pool Enclosure

What type of permit is required for a swimming pool?

A Development Permit is required in the City of Moncton before the installation of a swimming pool or a swim spa that is able to contain more than 1 metre of water. The swimming pool enclosure would also be included in same Development Permit.

Planning the Project

Swimming pools, swim spas, and swimming pool enclosures are subject to Section 41 of the City of Moncton Zoning By-law. Easements registered on the property and protected water courses/wetlands also need to be considered when planning the project.

Residents can also refer to the brochure on swimming pools, swim spas, and pool enclosures for additional information.

Common Questions

  • Where can I install my pool on my property? A swimming pool or a swim spa is permitted in the side or rear yard.
  • What is a swimming pool enclosure? The swimming pool enclosure is a barrier designed to be sturdy, impede climbing, and fully enclose a swimming pool or swim spa if it is able to contain more than 1 metre of water. This can be achieved with a fence, the walls of the house, the walls of other buildings on the lot or incorporated with a deck.
  • How does the swimming pool enclosure need to be built? Requirements for the enclosures around swimming pools are outlined in Section 41(2) of the Zoning By-law. The swimming pool enclosure must: completely cover the entire swimming pool, be a minimum of 1.5 metres in height, be at least 1.2 metres from the edge of the swimming pool, have no greater opening than 100 millimeters, have horizontal rails placed less than 1.05 metres apart, and if the enclosure is a chain linked fence, have diamond mesh no greater than 50 millimeters.
  • Can the swimming pool be installed before the pool enclosure is completed? Yes, subject to the Section 41(4) of the City of Moncton Zoning By-law.
  • What is the maximum height of a fence and where can it be installed on my property? Fences in a residential zone can be up to 1 metre in height in the required front yard and up to 2 metres in height in the side yard, flankage yard and rear yard.
  • What needs to be done if the area of my project has a registered easement? The swimming pool or swim spa is usually not permitted to be installed within a registered easement but a fence may be able to receive approval. For a utility easement, contact NB Power at 1.800.663.6272 to request a consent letter for permission to install a fence within the easement. For a municipal easement, contact the City of Moncton Design and Construction Department at 506.853.3525.
  • What needs to be done if the area of my project is protected by the Department of Environment? Contact the Provincial Department of Environment for more information. A Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit (WAWA) may be required (506-856-2374).

Required Documents

For the Development Permit submittal, please include:

  • A completed Development Permit application form
  • A site plan sketch with the following information (a typical site sketch can be downloaded for use here):
    • the property lines;
    • the buildings on the property;
    • the proposed swimming pool or swim spa location;
    • the proposed swimming pool enclosure location;
    • the dimensions between the edge of the swimming pool/swim spa and the enclosure;
    • any proposed fences with its height(s), length(s) and material(s);
    • any proposed gates within the enclosure;
  • A document to demonstrate that the proposed swimming pool enclosure will comply with Section 41 of the City of Moncton Zoning By-law. This can be done by adding notes to the site plan sketch, providing a sketch with notes or providing a picture with notes.
  • An easement consent letter if the project is proposed in a registered easement
  • A Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit (WAWA) if the project is proposed in a protected watercourse or wetland buffer.

How to Apply

The Development Permit (and required documentation) can be submitted in-person, by mail, or by email at info.inspection@moncton.ca.

Fees

The following fees apply for Development Permits:

  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property of a single or a two unit dwelling: $40
  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property other than a single or a two-unit dwelling: $55 to $690 based on the value of the project

  

 

Decks

What type of permit is required for an exterior deck?

A Building and Development Permit is required for the replacement, construction or modification of an exterior deck and stairs in the City of Moncton when:

  • it is attached to the main building,
  • it forms part of an access to a door of the main building, or
  • it is intended for public congregation (e.g., restaurant patios).

If the deck project does not meet the criteria listed above, the Permit will be processed as an accessory structure. If this is the case for your project, please contact info.inspection@moncton.ca for more information.

Planning the Project

The deck project is subject to the 2015 National Building Code and By-Law #Z-222: City of Moncton Zoning By-law. Easements registered on the property and protected watercourses/wetlands also need to be considered when planning the project.

 

Common Questions

  • How far do I need to keep the deck from my property lines (for a single or two unit dwelling)? The deck is subject to the same setbacks as the dwelling as outlined in Table 12.3 of the By-Law #Z-222: City of Moncton Zoning By-law with the exceptions listed in Section 113 (Permitted Encroachments). This allows the deck to encroach 2 metres in the required front yard, the required rear yard and the required flankage yard.
    • Example:The R2 zone has a required rear yard of 5 metres for the dwelling. With the 2 metre permitted encroachment, the distance between the back deck and the rear property line has to be at least 3 metres.
  • How can I properly design the construction of the deck? The National Building Code of Canada is available through the National Research Council’s website. The information pertinent to deck construction is found in different areas of the Code including its lumber span tables. To assist with planning of the deck construction, some information can be found on the City’s typical deck sketches: typical attached deck sketch or typical detached deck sketch.
  • Why was I asked to get a Structural Engineer to design the deck construction? Certain scenarios would necessitate the deck construction drawing to be sealed by a Professional Engineer licensed to practice in New Brunswick. The scenarios below are examples:
    • The deck will be subjected to more weight than the standard designs of the National Building Code (e.g., supporting a hot tub).
    • A structural aspect of the deck does not meet the prescriptive requirements outlined in the National Building Code (e.g., the end of a beam is supported on a hanger instead of by a column).
    • Most decks for a commercial building or used for public congregation.

Required Documents

For the Building and Development Permit submittal, please include:

For certain projects, other documents may be requested to demonstrate compliance with the National Building Code. Below are some examples:

  • Construction drawings for a structure included with the deck (e.g., roof, gazebo).
  • Construction drawings stamped by a Structural Engineer for a portion of the project that does not meet the prescriptive requirements of the Building Code (e.g., deck that will support a hot tub).
  • Construction drawings stamped by a Structural Engineer for a deck that will be used for public congregation (e.g., restaurant patio).

How to Apply

The Building and Development Permit application (and required documentation) can be submitted in-person (2nd floor at 655 Main Street, Moncton), by mail, or by email at info.inspection@moncton.ca.

Fees

The fees are based on the estimated cost of the project. Our department will calculate the estimated cost of the project by using:

  • $15 per square foot of the deck
  • $20 per square foot of the deck when the project is a deck with a roof

 

The following fees apply for a Building and Development Permit:

  • Building Permit fee: $8 for each $1,000 of the project cost (a minimum of $25)
  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property of a single or a two-unit dwelling: $40
  • Development Permit fee for a project on a property other than a single or a two-unit dwelling: $55 to $690 based on the value of the project

Fees and Charges - Building Inspection

Z-419 Building/Construction 2022 Actual Fees
20(4) Building permit: $8 per $1,000 of construction value of the work (minimum $25) Minimum $25.00
20(6) Property search request $100
20(7) Demolition permit: $8 per $1,000 of demolition cost (minimum $25) Minimum $25.00
20(8) Tent or air supported structure permit $25.00

 

Z-1302 Plumbing 2022 Actual Fees
2.2 (b) Hot water tank replacement annual permit $50.00
2.2 (d) Hot Water Tank Replacement $15.00
3 (f) Permit for plumbing work $50.00
  Per fixture $20.00
  Per roof drain $30.00