March 20, 2020 • Building Services Operational Policy (COVID-19)

Building Services Notice

You may be following the Municipality's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Municipality has already taken steps to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 and we are taking further precautions to help address this unique, ever-evolving situation. In light of this situation the Building Department will be taking the following precautions for our staff, to ensure that building services and inspections can continue within the area.


Plan Submission & Permit Issuance:

During this time, we ask that all submissions be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR through an appointment by calling the Department at 705-753-2250. Appointments will be available Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, and will be restricted to one visitor, to drop off documents only.

Permit Applications can be obtained on our website at

Code Related Inquires:

During this time we ask at all code related inquires be restricted to email or phone. If a site inspection is required through these discussions, staff will follow the same procedures as noted under the Inspection Request section.

Inspection Request:

The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health is stating that the next few weeks are critical in terms of slowing the spread of COVID-19. In order to maintain our current Inspection Program and to maintain the recommended protocols for social 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.

Through these measures we hope to ensure that all job sites within the Municipality of West Nipissing, remain safe for both on-site workers and transient staff, to help limit the transfer of COVID-19.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

Telephone: 705-753-2250
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alain Bazinet
Chief Building Official
Municipality of West Nipissing


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