COVID-19 Response: Building Department Services

Posted On Tuesday April 07, 2020

For Immediate Release 

Effective April 4, 2020, the Township of South Frontenac is temporarily suspending the issuance of building permits for non-essential construction projects. This decision has been made in accordance with the Provincial Regulation made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  A complete listing of essential workplaces is available from the Government of Ontario.

This decision will be in effect until further notice and will be updated pending further direction from the Province of Ontario.

Building permits for essential construction will continue to be issued, but no new building permits for residential/industrial/commercial construction will be issued until the emergency regulation has been lifted.

Building Permit applications however, will continue to be accepted and reviewed for all types of construction.  Building permit applications can be submitted at this time by placing them in the large drop box at the front door of the Township Office at 4432 George Street, Sydenham.  

Township Building staff are available to help residents understand how the Regulation may affect their projects. We encourage residents to contact either the Building Services staff they have been working with or to connect with us through our general Building Services representative(s) at or at 613-376-3027x2226.

In accordance with the Provincial order, inspections will continue for essential construction projects including: 

  • Residential construction projects where a building permit (footing permit or above-grade structural permit) has been issued prior to April 4th or where the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction was started before April 4, 2020
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operation of critical provincial infrastructure
  • Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure public safety
  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector
  • Construction activities related to the production or maintenance of personal protective equipment, medical devices, and other products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic

All inspections of essential construction will be undertaken in accordance with the Township’s current protocol in order to maintain the health and safety of our Building Inspectors, contractors, and the general public:

  • Building Inspectors will not enter occupied buildings.
  • Inspectors will not engage in interpersonal contact at sites.
  • Prior to attending sites, staff will inquire if any persons on the site or that have been accessing the site, are exhibiting symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus, have been exposed to a probable case of the virus, or are in self-isolation.

For more information about the Township’s response to COVID-19 please visit our website: .

For ongoing COVID-19 updates and ways to best protect you and your family visit or

Please help to slow the spread and keep our community safe.


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Neil Carbone,
Chief Administrative Officer
613-376-3027 ext.2225