FAQ - What are the differences between a planning permit and a building permit?
Answer: The purpose of a building permit is to ensure that new structures are structurally sound and safe for human habitation. Building permits are ministerial in nature meaning that so long as the proposal complies with the Building Code a permit will be issued.

Planning permits generally address the use of the property as well as the physical location and appearance of structures. Planning permits are discretionary in nature meaning that there is no guarantee that the permit will be approved. Planning permits can be approved, approved with conditions, or denied.