The City of Clarence-Rockland put a complete freeze on building permit approvals today (April 8) following Premier Doug Ford’s announcement April 3 on new restrictions for Ontario’s construction industry as part of the provincial pandemic protection strategy. “Essential construction projects” include transportation and hospitals along with “critical construction work” to maintain petrochemical and other manufacturing plants needed to support essential needs.
Work-in-progress residential projects where footing permits are already approved and projects which were approved and started before April 4 2020 are allowed to continue to completion. But new residential projects and similar construction work are not on the essential construction list.
That means that as of midnight April 4, the City of Clarence-Rockland stopped issuing new building permits. The city will continue to accept new applications for permits for processing but final approval and issuing of permits will wait until the end of the current state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contractors and homeowners who need more information about whether or not their project or plans fall under the “essential construction” guidelines can contact Chantal Bégin, Clarence-Rockland’s chief building officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.