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Building By-law 2014-26 effective June 1, 2014.


As of November 18, 2020, the South Frontenac Development Services Department will begin accepting new applications for On-Site sewage Systems under Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code.

Earlier this year, South Frontenac was notified by Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health that they would stop delivering On-Site Sewage System Services to the Township at the end of 2020.  In response, South Frontenac Council made the decision that the Township will assume this responsibility and deliver On-Site Sewage Systems going forward.

New applications and inquiries for sewage systems should be directed to Building staff via 613-376-3027x2226 or via email building@southfrontenac.net.  

Septic System Permit Application

Links to additional On-Site Sewage System Resources and Information: 

Septic Smart! Understanding Your Home's Septic System Videos

Septic Smart! Brochure

Septic Smart! Advanced Treatment Brochure

Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre

Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association 


For Planning applications - the Township will be utilizing Zoom technology to conduct virtual/electronic public meetings that meet requirements under the Planning Act.  Updates about the timing of Committee of Adjustment meetings and how to register to attend electronically will be available on the website: https://www.southfrontenac.net/en/open-for-business/virtual-committee-of-adjustment-meetings.aspx


The Ontario Building Code Act (BCA) outlines the regulations required for construction. The BCA requires that permits be issued for all structures greater than (108 sq. ft.) 10 sq. m. in area; an addition or renovation to an existing structure; installation or alteration of a plumbing system; including septic systems; installation or alteration of a heating or ventilation system and any material alteration to a structure.

Please refer to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website for the most recent changes to the Ontario Building Code.

Code of Conduct for Building Officials

For general building inquiries please email the Building Department.

COVID-19 - Building Department Protocols

Recently, the Ontario government moved into Phase 3 of the Framework for Reopening our Province. As the offices have re-opened, health and safety will remain a priority, while focusing on the needs of residents and businesses. The following steps are being taken to ensure we all remain safe and that our staff and facilities are prepared for the public’s return: 

Effective June 27th, 2020 a face covering/mask covering your nose, mouth and chin are required prior to entering our office.

Building Inspectors are following new inspection protocols given current social distancing recommendations. These changes include:

  • Inspectors will not engage in interpersonal contact at sites
  • Prior to attending sites, staff will inquire if any persons on the site or related to 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

The Building Department will continue to accept inquiries through our website, by telephone or email in order to minimize risk to customers and employees. The Township encourages the use of these channels as much as possible:

Þ   Drop-box, located at the front door of the Township office - 4432 George Street, Sydenham or

Þ   Mail to PO Box 100, 4432 George Street, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0 or

Þ   Email to building@southfrontenac.net or

Þ   Walk-in drop offs are to enter via the Development Services Department door at the back of the office as access to the interior stairwell is closed to the public

  • Once we receive your completed application the building inspector needs time to review the file, they will then let you know when the permit is ready and what the fee will be via email; this process currently takes at least 2 weeks or more
  • The preferred methods of payment are: Cheque - payable to the Township of South Frontenac or Debit tap
  • If a customer absolutely needs to speak with an inspector directly about their project then a meeting needs to be scheduled
  • Building inspections or in office meetings with building staff are to be booked via building@southfrontenac.net or 613-376-3027 X2226
  • Our office is only permitting 2 customers per transaction (who must be from the same household)
  • Staff will no longer be reviewing construction drawings or building application submissions at the counter with customers; we encourage customers to use our drop box
  • Frontenac Maps assistance at the counter will not be occurring at this time; Zoning/property information is available to the public at www.frontenacmaps.ca
  • The downstairs washrooms are currently off limits to the public; please feel free to use the main bathroom upstairs via the front door of the office

Soil Gas Mitigation Program for Radon

Due to the recent release of the KFL&A Public Health of their Radon Testing Study where Radon was found to be above the WHO guideline levels in 52% of tested structures and 21% of these structures were above the Health Canada guidelines. South Frontenac Township is proactively addressing radon gas in new low-rise residential dwellings through its Soil Gas Mitigation Program. This program applies to all building permits applied for after August 31st, 2019.

Radon Resources:

South Frontenac - Soil Gas Mitigation Program

KFL&A Public Health

Government of Canada - Reduction Guide for Canadians


NOTE: Effective March 1, 2015, 2 complete sets of construction drawings will be required with your Building Permit application for major projects. For example: New construction, substantial additions and renovations. One set of drawings will be released with the Building Permit which must be kept on site during construction.



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