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Building Permits

Photo of Building PermitBuilding permits must be obtained before you start work on a new building, an addition, or any alterations to an existing building which is significant in nature. Permits, and subsequent inspections, help ensure that all work meets National Building Code standards, as well as other regulations and standards.

The process ensures that all applicable health, safety and accessibility standards are met, protecting building owners, building occupants, future owners, and the community.

The building permit process can be complicated. As a result, all applicants are encouraged to contact the City of Fredericton building inspection division to discuss project details and to determine required documentation / plans prior to making application for a Building Permit. General inquiries concerning permits, code issues and general development, can also be directed to the division.

The building inspection counter is located on the ground floor of Fredericton City Hall, 397 Queen Street. You may fill out a Permit Application form before coming to City Hall. See the form under Related Content.

Once the building permit is issued, you can monitor your building permit application status, track inspection results and make payments for all permit types, using the account information provided when the building permit was applied for. See the link under Related Content.

In addition, under Related Content, you can contact the Building Inspection Division and can read the Building Permit frequent asked questions (FAQs).


Fees:


Building Permit fees and associated deposits are due at the time of application, and may be paid by cash, credit card or cheque. Fee breakdown is as follows:

  • Building Permit fee: $8.00 per $1000 worth of construction value, with construction value rounded up to the next thousand for calculation.
  • Site deposit: $500, taken for all Building Permits involving construction of new foundations or additions to existing foundations. This deposit is refundable with submission of a Real Property Report indicating no conflict with required setback distances to property lines, and after final inspections have been approved for the Building Permit.
  • Water/Sewer deposit: $1,000 for new single detached dwellings or similar buildings. Commercial buildings or large residential buildings are assessed individually. Actual costs for the connection are calculated after performance of the work and the balance is either refunded or billed accordingly.
  • Curb Cut fee: $75 per meter + tax (minimum 2 meter cut). This is a set fee for lineal work performed, with no adjustment except as required for changes in the amount of curb cut or constructed.
  • Curb Replacement fee: $145 per meter + tax. This is a set fee for lineal work performed, with no adjustment except as required for changes in the amount of curb constructed.

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