BUILDING BY-LAW 2014-26 effective June 1, 2014.

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

Effective April 8th at 8:00 am, the Building department will no longer be receiving the public in person, but will continue to accept communications via email, phone and website. While building staff are available to respond to inquiries, current staffing levels and volume of inquiries may result in a delay with our regular response times.

Building Services will continue to accept and issue building permits during the Provincial lockdown; however, inspections for construction of projects that do not appear on the list of essential construction sites will be paused until the Province permits it or the Order is lifted. Residents are encouraged to contact Building Services for inquiries via telephone at 613-376-3027 ext. 2226, or via email at Please utilize our drop box located at the front of the municipal office at 4432 George St., in Sydenham for correspondence, permit applications and related documents.

Please book your building inspection with your Building Inspector directly via email or their phone extension.

Building Inspectors will be following an inspection protocol given social distancing recommendations. These 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
  • Inspectors will ask screening questions on site

The Township encourages the use of these channels below 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 

  • The preferred method of payment is: Cheque - payable to the Township of South Frontenac via mail or drop box
  • When providing payment please clearly identify location of project/owner information
  • Frontenac Maps is available to the public at to view zoning information

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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