Building

The Building Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of various Provincial legislation and policies including the Ontario Building Code Act and Planning Act as they apply to buildings, structures and their occupancy.

The main role of the Building Department is to ensure that the building environment in which we live and work is safe and healthy. This is accomplished through permit application reviews and ensuring they comply with The Ontario Building Code, The Township Building By-Law , The Township Zoning By-Law , and Site Plan Control By-Law .

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Building Permits

When a building permit is required

A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, relocations, demolitions, and repairs or rehabilitation of a building or structure. Some minor repairs do not require a permit. Here are some common projects and whether or not they require a permit. Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning permits (HVAC), and/or plumbing permits may also be required as a separate permit but are usually reviewed as part of the building permit. It is the responsibility of the owner to obtain a building permit. The approved drawings should be kept on the building site and be readily accessible at all times.

  • Finishing previously unfinished spaces such as rec. rooms, family rooms, attics, etc.
  • Repair and underpinning of foundations
  • Construction of temporary buildings
  • Construction of accessory buildings (sheds, etc.) exceeding 10m2 (107.6 ft2)
  • Installation of pool enclosures
  • Construction of decks in excess of 60.96 cm (24") above grade
  • Construction of attached and detached garages
  • Demolitions

When a building permit is not required

The following are examples of projects that do not require a building permit:



Note: Although your project may not require a building permit, it does not relieve you of your responsibility to comply with the zoning by-law.

  • Replacement of stucco, siding, or shingles with the same material
  • Replacement of doors when the opening is not altered
  • Construction of fences (other than Pool Enclosure Fences)
  • Patching, painting and decorating
  • Installation of cabinets and shelves
  • Decks less than 60.96 cm (24”) above grade

Getting a building permit

Building permit applications may be downloaded from the Township website or retrieved from the Township office. It is recommended that building permit process begin well ahead of the construction schedule in order to avoid any untimely delays.

View permit guidelines, an explanation of how to obtain a permit, as well as complete application package.

Building Permit Costs

Building permit fees are calculated depending on the type of construction and size of building. In addition to permit fees, additional fees might apply such as township development charges, county development charges, septic permit fees , deposits, etc.

If you don't get a permit


It is unlawful to commence construction without a building permit! If the work does not comply with the Ontario Building Code requirements:

  • Costly repairs may be required to gain compliance
  • Removal of work done not in compliance may be required
  • Legal action may be initiated by the Building Department to gain compliance

If you are still not certain whether or not your project requires a building permit, contact the Building Department. Our staff will be able to assist you in making that determination.

Property Compliance Request


The Township makes information available for zoning, building, by-law & Fire, finance and tax matters. This property information is generally requested by lawyers and real estate agents who want to ensure that properties are in compliance with Township of Blandford-Blenheim by-laws. This information is however, also available to any home owner. Property Compliance Information Request Form.

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Princeton Water Supply Hookup

If you live in Princeton and want to hook up to the County's water system follow these links for information regarding the Princeton water supply system.

Township Staff
Chief Building Official
John Scherer
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 230
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: jscherer@ezt.ca
Deputy Chief Building Official
Robert Kelly
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 228
Fax: 519-463-5881
Building Inspector / Property Standards Enforcement Officer
Kate Jancsar
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 229
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: kjancsar@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Planner
Rebecca Smith
Phone: 519-539-9800 ex 3211
Email: rsmith@oxfordcounty.ca
 
Drainage Superintendent
Jim Harmer
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 233
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: jharmer@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
CAO/Clerk
Rodger Mordue
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 227
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: rmordue@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Deputy Clerk
Sarah Matheson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 222
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: smatheson@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Customer Service Clerk
Danielle Clayton
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 221
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: dclayton@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Director of Finance/Treasurer
Denise Krug
Treasury, Budgeting, Financial Reporting & Planning
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 224
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: dkrug@blandfordblenheim.ca
Deputy Treasurer/Revenue Co-ordinator
Katie Koski
Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Property Tax Administrator
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 225
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: kkoski@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Finance Clerk
Michelle VanWyk
Customer Service, Property Tax Inquiries, Accounts Payable
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 232
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: mvanwyk@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Director of Protective Services
Fire Chief
Rick Richardson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 223
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: rrichardson@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Director of Public Works
Gary Crandall
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 226
Fax: 519-463-5881
Email: gcrandall@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Road Supervisor
Jim Borton
Drumbo Shop: 519-463-5389
email: roads@blandfordblenheim.ca
Manager of Community Services
Ken Wood
Administration, Management, Project Planning
Phone: 519-684-7482
Fax: 519-684-6886
Email: kwood@blandfordblenheim.ca
 
Facility Operations Lead Hand
Trevor Baer
Arena Contact, Maintenance Lead
Phone: 519-684-7482
Fax: 519-684-6886
facility@blandfordblenheim.ca
Deputy Clerk
Sarah Matheson
Facility Booking Clerk, Program Invoicing
Phone: 519-463-5347
Fax: 519-463-5881
smatheson@blandfordblenheim.ca