Building and Renovating

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925 County Road 17
L'Orignal, ON, K0B 1K0

You must obtain a permit before you renovate, demolish or build a building on your property. Call us at 613-675-4727 for more information.

Construction permits

When are building permits required?

Permits are required for the following work in the Township of Champlain:

  • Construction, renovation (including finishing basement, new siding, new windows, bathroom, kitchen, deck), addition, relocation, replacement, structural change, garden shed bigger than 100 sq.ft.
  • Change of use or occupancy
  • Installation of a HVAC system, wood (or any other combustible) stove, furnace or chimney
  • Installation of a pool or spa
  • Installation of a fence, sign
  • Construction of a temporary building
  • Demolition of any or part of any building or structure
  • Any other work deemed necessary by the Building and By-law Enforcement Official. 

More information on the Permit to Construct or Demolish

In doubt, just give us a call: 613-675-4727.

Where to apply?

The necessary application forms for any building, renovating and demolition permits are available at:

Township of Champlain
Building Department,
925 County Road 17,
L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0

Before starting work, call us: 613-675-4727.

Why do I need a permit?

Building permits ensure that construction within the Township meets with standards of the Ontario Building Code. Our municipal building officials enforce said Code to protect you, your property and potential new owners of your property. 

Furthermore, enforcement of codes and our municipal by-laws and any other regulations under which said permits and licenses are issued is aimed at protecting the public health, safety and welfare, as well as protecting property, animals and environment, ensuring and maintaining a high standard of living in our Community.

I am planning to build a new dwelling in the Township of Champlain... What is required?

When you apply for a Building Permit to build a new house, there are conditions to respect in reference to the Zoning By-law and other regulations and you will have to provide: 

  1. A duly filled permit building application form (available at our office, Township of Champlain Building Department, at 925 County Road 17, L'Orignal, Ontario, and/or on the website: WWW.OBC.MAH.GOV.ON.CA. Must include the Designer information sheet and the Energy Efficiency Design Summary.
  2. Two (2) sets of plans:
    1. foundation
    2. elevation
    3. floor plan
    4. wall section
  3. A copy of the Deed of Land (proving ownership)
  4. A survey plan indicating the boundary of the land
  5. A plot plan indicating:
    1. lot dimensions
    2. yard setbacks
    3. easements
    4. right-of-way
    5. the North
    6. power lines
  6. Private sewage system permit from:

         PO Box 29, 38 Victoria St.
         Finch, ON, K0C 1K0
         Tel.: (613) 984-2948
         Fax: (613) 984-2872

    For municipal services: Obtain water connection & sewer connection permits, available at Building Department Office, 925 County Road 17, L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0

  7. Entranceway permit (culvert)

    Municipal Roads 

    James McMahon
    Road Superintendent
    948 Pleasant Corner Road East
    Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0

    County Roads

    Mathieu Gauthier
    Road Superintendent
    Cassburn Road
    L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0

    Provincial Roads

    Alain Nadeau
    Min. of transportation
    Ottawa, Ontario

  8. Property located within the Hawkesbury Drinking Water Source Protection Zone must obtain a Clearance Notice issued by the South Nation Conservation Authority (1-877-984-2948). 
    In order to find out if you are located within this zone you can verify with the Building Department or call directly the South Nation Conservation.
  9. Specs sheet of heating & ventilation system (form supplied by our office)
  10. Engineer's report for slope stability, where required
  11. Grading plan, where required.


For any further information or question, just give us a call: 613-675-4727. 

How much does a permit cost?

The cost of a permit depends on the square footage and other various factors, such as: fireplace, wood stove, plumbing fixture, verandas, etc.

An administration performance deposit is added to the cost of the Building Permit. Full amount of the administration performance deposit is reimbursed to the owner if the project is completed within one year, if not, 33% is deducted after each year.

Please note that the Township of Champlain does not have any development charge in addition to the building permit fee. 

Building Fees

Road Fees

By-laws Fees

Planning Fees

Township User Fees (whole document)

Just give us a call: 613-675-4727.

How long does it take to get a building permit?

Once all the information and required documents are handed in, it usually takes one to two weeks for the permit to be issued. During the high building summer season, it may be extended to three weeks, very seldom more.

Just give us a call: 613-675-4727  

Application Forms for Permits

Construct or Demolish

Application Form for a Permit to Construct or Demolish


Fence permit

Fence Bylaws 

Application Form for a Fence Permit

For more information about Property Standards, Swimming Pools and Fences, Road Cuts,...

Commonly Requested Bylaws

Water and Sewers

The Township of Champlain offers municipal water and sewer connection services in our two urban areas: the Village of L'Orignal and the Vankleek Hill. 

The water connection service is also available, on demand, in certain areas where the main pipe is already installed to direct the water from the Town of Hawkesbury to the Village of L'Orignal and the Town of Vankleek Hill (i.e. Along Highway 34, County Road 4). 

Water and Sewer Fees

Municipal services

The costs for the municipal water and sewer connection vary for each ward. Consequently, please contact our Department at (613) 675-4727, for further information.

Please note that the property owner is also responsible for all the other costs related to the connection works to the municipal services. 

Of course, if you have to dig on municipal property (ditch, sidewalk, road, etc.) the property owner has to obtain a Road Cut Permit from the Public Works Department beforehand. A security deposit will then be required in addition to the connection costs.

We recommend any owner and contractor to have all underground services located before digging. You can obtain this information at “Call before you dig” 1-800-400-2255.

When a permit for water or sewer connection is issued, the Building Department and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have to inspect the works. The Public Works Department will only be involved to inspect if a Road Cut Permit is issued and/or when there is a connection to the storm sewer.

Private services

Anywhere else in the Township, private wells can provide drinkable water to properties. Please note that well owners are responsible for ensuring that water from their wells is safe to drink.

Owners of private septic systems must conform to Part 8, of the Ontario Building Code which is enforced by the South Nation Conservation Authorities (1-877-984-2948), who issues the Sewage System Permit, inspects and delivers the Compliance Certificate for said systems once all works are completed. A copy of the Compliance Certificate is required by the Building Department in order to close the file.

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