Building Permit Guide

If you’re looking to construct, alter, or add to a building, here’s a guide to help you with everything you need to know. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to our Town’s Building Inspector, David Taylor, at the Town Office at (506) 738-6409 or dtaylor@towngbw.ca.

Building Permit Application Form

Building Permit Application Form

Things to Do Before You Start Construction

  • Prepare detailed drawings
  • Prepare cost estimate
  • Obtain required approvals and permits

You Must Obtain a Permit in the Following Circumstances

  • Constructing a new home or accessory building
  • Adding to an existing home: rooms, attached garage, sundeck, fence, pool, carport, railings/guards, etc.
  • Demolishing
  • Installing retaining walls
  • Installing new rooms in the basement or attic
  • Altering structural partitions
  • A change in use as dictated by the Zoning By-Law
  • The work requires to the issuance of an Electrical Permit

You Do NOT Need a Permit in the Following Circumstances

  • Re-roofing
  • Painting
  • Plaster repairs
  • Drywall patching
  • Window replacement of the same size or smaller – consult with your window supplier to ensure egress windows for bedrooms
  • Insulating finished floor replacement, wall papering, or replacing existing exterior cladding for residential properties only subject to approval of exterior cladding type as it relates to fire separation requirements

Where to Get Permits and Applications

Town of Grand Bay-Westfield
609 River Valley Drive
PO Box 3001
Grand Bay-Westfield, NB
E5K 4V3
E-mail: dtaylor@towngbw.ca
Telephone: (506) 738-6409
Fax: (506) 738-6424

Extra Points

  • Building without a permit is illegal!
  • Construction must begin within 6 months of permit issuance
  • Construction must not be discontinued or suspended in excess of 1 year
  • No exterior surface intended to be cladded can be left uncladded in excess of 6 months

Drawings

  • All additions, alterations, and new construction require 2 sets of drawings
  • All drawings must be clear, detailed, and dimensioned
  • INCLUDE: Site Plan, Materials List, Floor Plan, and Elevations

Checklist

  • Complete application for building permit
  • Complete drawings – floor plans, site plans, elevations, materials list
  • Cost estimate prepared
  • Permit fee
  • Building Inspector notified 48 hours prior to starting
  • Building Inspector notified 24 hours prior to backfilling at any foundation wall
  • Substantial completion of structural framing
  • Building Inspector notified 24 hours prior to drywall installation
  • Building Inspector notified prior to occupancy within 10 days of completion of work described in the permit
  • A copy of permit, plans, and specifications must be kept on site

NOTE: BUILDING PERMITS MUST BE ISSUED PRIOR TO COMMENCING WORK.

Other Departments and Jurisdictions

You may need assistance and approval from the following:

Office Phone Number
NB Power (506) 847-6000
NB Plumbing Inspections 1-888-659-3222
NB Electrical Permits 1-888-659-3222
Department of Environment (506) 658-2558
Fire Marshall’s Office (506) 658-3081

Zoning By-Law

The Zoning By-Law governs the use and occupancy of all property within the Town. The Development Officer should be contacted if any change in the use of your property is required. For further information please call (506) 738-6409. The following activities provide a sample of activities requiring approval, i.e., business office, auto repair, medical office, day care, etc.

Appeal

Some applications require approvals by the Planning Advisory Committee or Council. The decision of the Planning Advisory Committee may be appealed to the Provincial Assessment & Planning Appeal Board.

New Sanitary Sewer Connections

The property owner must obtain a sewer hook-up permit from the Town.

What is required:

  • original signature of the current property owner
  • plumber’s permit issued by Service New Brunswick
  • deposit of $500.00 (cash, money order, or certified cheque)

The Town shall be notified when the service lateral is ready for inspection (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday).

The service lateral shall not be backfilled until approved by the Town.

Once the service lateral passes through the foundation the property it is considered to be connected to the Municipal Sewer System. Billing for sewer will commence the calendar month following the date which the service is connected. Number of sewer units to be billed will be calculated using the Sanitary Wastewater System By-Law.

Requirements for a Backwater Valve

All homeowners should be aware of the necessity of a backwater valve. The backwater valve is a check valve and, when working properly, it can help prevent a backup of sewerage water into the basement area of your house, due to a sewer main blockage.

This valve should be installed on the building’s sewer line just inside the foundation wall, inside an access panel in the basement floor. In cases where the building’s sewer line goes through the wall, the valve must also be accessible. Backwater valves need to be cleaned periodically to ensure the valve is working properly.

The Town Sewerage By-Law states that all new homes must have a backwater valve installed on the building’s sewer line inside the foundation wall.

For Further Questions

If you have any questions regarding Building Permits, please contact the Town’s Building Inspector, David Taylor, at the Town Office at (506) 738-6409 or dtaylor@towngbw.ca.