COVID-19 Update - Notice Regarding Construction Projects

The Province of Ontario has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the public. As a temporary measure all construction projects are required to be closed except for:

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  3. Critical industrial construction activities required for,
    • the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
    • significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced,
    • industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Construction projects that are due to be completed before October 4, 2020 and that would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products.
  5. Residential construction projects where,
    • a footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes
    • an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed use and other buildings, or
    • the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
  6. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.

At this time, Town of Tecumseh Building Services are receiving permit applications, processing applications, issuing permits and only conducting building inspections for construction projects that are permitted to be open as listed above. All other construction projects are required to be temporarily closed. For further information regarding the closure of construction projects please visit the Government of Ontario website at:

You can schedule a building inspection for a permitted construction project by contacting the Building Services Clerk at 519-735-2184, extension 103.

Who we are / contact us

We are located at Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road, Tecumseh, ON, N8N 1W9

Phone Number: 519-735-2184

The Building Department is represented by:

Peter Valore, Manager Building Services / Chief Building Official (ext. 106) 

Leeann Levac, Clerk II, Administrative Clerk (ext. 103)

Donna Ferris, Clerk II, Administrative Clerk (ext. 132) 


Our role

Building Services is responsible for the:

  • issuance of building permits;
  • enforcement of the Ontario Building Code; and
  • enforcement of various municipal by-laws that protect the interests of property owners and the community.


Our services

Building permits

Building permits and inspections ensure that building projects comply with the property's zoning, along with health, safety, fire protection, accessibility, and conservation standards.

A permit is required for:

  • Construction and Demolition
  • Repairs to an existing sewage system or the installation of a new sewage system
  • Change of Use
  • Fences
  • Signs (including portable signs)
  • Pools; and
  • Lot Grading

Permit guides and permit applications

Permit guides

Construct or demolish a building

Construct an accessory building

Construct a pool

Construct a fence

Erect a sign (including portable signs)

Lot Grading

Construct a Sewage System

Permit applications 

Construct or Demolish

New House Permit

Quick Permit (Pools, Fences, Lot Grading)

Portable Sign

Permanent Sign

Sewage System Application

Permit fees and development charges

Permit fees

Refer to the current fees for building permit application review. Payment of a permit fee is due prior to the release of a building permit.

Development charges

The Town is responsible for the collection of development charges in accordance with the Development Charges Act.

Development charges:

  • are collected at the building permit approval stage;
  • help pay for the costs of providing the infrastructure required by new development.

Development Charge By-law No. 2019-63 includes both development charges which are applicable on a Municipal-Wide basis and on an Urban Service Area basis which is payable in addition to the Municipal-Wide charge.

The background study on the current development charges, along with a development charges informational pamphlet that provides the current development charge rates for all residential and non-residential development are available for review.

In addition the Town is currently undergoing an update to its Development Charges By-law.  The associated background study is available for review.

By-law enforcement

Building Services is responsible for the enforcement of the following municipal by-laws:

  • Zoning By-laws
  • Property Standards By-law
  • Land Maintenance By-law
  • Lot Grading, Filling and Dumping By-law
  • Fence By-law
  • Sign By-law
  • Sidewalk Snow Removal By-law

Complaints regarding violations related to these by-laws can be filed at the Town of Tecumseh Municipal Office, by phone at 519-735-2184 ext. 132 or by email

Frequently requested by-laws

By-laws related to property standards, land maintenance, grading and other building-related matters are available for review.

Frequently requested by-laws

Building By-law

Dumping and Grading By-law

Fence By-law

Land Maintenance By-law

Property Standards By-law

Property Standards Amendment By-law

Sign By-law

Zoning By-laws

Other services

Pest control

Urban areas provide excellent habitats for pests like rats and raccoons to survive and thrive. Many of these pests are active at night and generally avoid contact with people. The fact sheet on ways to reduce pests on your property is available. It helps residents maintain a healthy environment while reducing contact with pests.

If the matter is a property standards situation, please contact the Town to have the issue logged and investigated.

Other links

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