Building Inspections

Inspection Request

In order to maintain our current Inspection Program and to maintain the recommended protocols for physicial distancing, the Building Department will be imposing the following conditions:

1.  Worksites shall be limited to no more than 4 employees inside the building during the requested inspection.

2. Any site where a worker is ill or has been out of the country within the last 14 days will not be inspected.

3.  All required inspection papers (i.e. truss drawings) shall be submitted electronically in advance.

Note for enclosed inspections:
For inspections occurring within an enclosed, but unoccupied structure, such as insulation, plumbing, heating, occupancy or final, Inspectors will be qualifying the site with the conditions 1 and 2 above. If any of these conditions are not satisfactory to conduct an inspection, the inspection will not be available for a minimum of 14 days. If an inspection is needed to finalize or advance a permit, the Building Department will review any acceptable Engineer or Architectural report for its compliance to the Building Code. The Municipality may consider inspections via digital pictures or video.

Note for occupied premises:
We have made the decision to temporarily halt our inspections of occupied dwellings. As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Municipality of West Nipissing Building Officials will not be conducting inspections on projects that contain an occupied dwelling (e.g. Finished basement, Secondary suites, Additions, Interior Alterations and etc.). This temporary halt to inspections will be continually monitored for reduction or extension.

In the event of Building Code Emergency situations, an inspection will occur and municipal staff will be supplied with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.



Once you receive your building permit, a Building Inspector will monitor your project to ensure that construction meets the requirements of the Ontario Building Code, municipal and provincial regulations, and the stipulations of your building permit. The Building Inspector may send you a notice by mail if work does not conform to approved plans. Re-inspection may be required before you resume construction. You may be subject to legal action if work continues without resolving the situation.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to inform the Building Inspector of any proposed changes to the construction project which may require additional approvals. Alternative methods of establishing compliance with the Ontario Building Code, such as professional consultant reports, are not acceptable without prior approval of the Chief Building Official.

The property owner or contractor is expected to cooperate and remain in communication with the Building Inspector. In addition, the property owner or contractor must: post a copy of the building permit in a window or other prominent place on the work site, keep a copy of approved construction plans on the work site. Mandatory Field Inspections are identified at the time of permit application.
Property owners or contractors may also request an inspection by a Building Inspector for advice and information at any time during construction. Electrical installations may require an inspection by the Electrical Safety Authority. Call 1-877-372-7233 or visit online at

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