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Building Permits for a Bathroom Renovation | Nuenza

Whether you’re planning a bathroom remodel or a kitchen overhaul, homeowners need to comply with building codes and local zoning by-laws and regulations. Permits are required for the safety of the occupants and so that the structure is solid and built properly.

The scale of your intended bathroom renovation project will determine whether or not you need a building permit and the type of permit. With a vast knowledge and experience of bathroom remodels, the Nuenza interior design team provides you guidance. Each city has its own regulations. Clients should inquire with their municipalities for the permits.

blue and white renovated bathroom

The National Building Code of Canada

The National Building Code of Canada is developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. The National Building Code consists of construction guidelines and building practices that take into account a new building’s design and construction, as well as any major changes to older buildings. 

Changes made to the National Building Code are for regional purposes. They’re published as provincial codes, which are what the majority of contractors use for their work. Cities and municipalities may make further adjustments to the National Building Code for local needs, from determining the minimum or maximum height of a fence to the distance of an air conditioner from the property line.

Provincial Permits

In some cases, you need provincial permits. Montreal does not issue permits for the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Work
  • Heating (Electrical or Gas)

Residents in Quebec must contact the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to obtain these types of permits.

Montreal Building Permits

Generally, you don’t need a permit for simple renovations that are considered aesthetic work, such as:

  • Changing carpets or flooring 
  • Painting walls
  • Replacing cabinets, counters, sinks, or tubs 

A building permit is required when a renovation project affects:

  • The foundation
  • The building’s structure (i.e., walls), or 
  • Adds square footage to an existing home. 

The homeowner is legally responsible for purchasing and obtaining the necessary building permits unless they work with a renovation company.

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Note: Depending on the type of home renovations you want to do, you may not need building permits. However, you may still require electrical and plumbing permits. Be sure to contact your local building department or local permitting office to ensure that you have the proper permits to complete your renovation project. Montrealers must choose their borough on the city’s website for the correct information.

What Happens if You Don’t Get a Building Permit for a Bathroom Remodel?

Renovating without a permit or deciding to cut corners is never the best way to save money or time. You’re not only risking the safety of your family, but you’re also not in compliance with city legislation. 

In terms of safety, the floor can sag and slope if you remove a wall for a larger space. Maybe the wall you decide to remove is a supporting wall, and without it, the roof can cave in. It’s vital never to take on bathroom remodels that go beyond the aesthetic changes listed above. From updating plumbing systems to adding a dividing wall, it’s also critical that you work with a trusted contractor.

warm comfort bathroom remodel project

Have Your Remodeling Project Completed by a Professional

A new bathroom can be a lot of work, especially if you’re gutting the entire room. When you work with Nuenza’s professional team, you work with a reputable contractor that can handle the permits, so you have peace of mind. 

Not only is it our job to ensure you have a final space that looks and feels amazing, we always make sure your project meets provincial and municipal requirements. And if you’re still on the fence about a bathroom remodel, our team can present many bathroom renovation ideas to inspire you!

Contact our team today to get started.