Multi-family and commercial / industrial buildings

When removing multi-family and commercial or industrial buildings, there is no minimum recycling and reuse rate, except when required as a condition of a rezoning approval.

We encourage you to recycle as much material as possible. Some materials, such as drywall, must be recycled because they are banned from the landfill.

Use the tabs below for requirements, application forms, and fees.



1. Prepare your application package

Item Notes
Demolition checklist (153 KB) Application checklist for all required plans and documents. Find required forms

2. Submit

Include your application package with your submission.

Submit application

3. Application reviewed

We review your development or building permit application for environmental considerations and impact on trees (both on City and private property).

4. Receive your salvage and abatement permit

Start removing non-structural salvageable building materials and hazardous building materials.

5. Complete hazardous material report form

Have a qualified professional complete the Hazardous Materials Report Form (209 KB)

Submit the Hazardous Materials Report Form and documentation that confirms the removal and disposal of hazardous building materials by following these steps:

  1. Log into your online account
  2. Select the permit you want to update
  3. Under Next Action select ‘Provide Additional Information’
  4. Upload the report and submit

6. Receive your demolition permit(s)

The permit may be issued immediately. If there are concerns about environmental considerations, a field review and site disclosure statement may be required before the permit is issued. Learn about a field review

Permit fees

The cost of a demolition permit has three components:

  1. The demolition permit fee, if applicable
  2. The building permit fee
  3. The cost-of-work fee, based on the estimated retail cost of the demolition work.

 Note: These amounts only apply to the demolition permit itself. Other permits or licenses must be paid for separately, at the appropriate counter or department. The fees schedule has more information.

You pay the fees when you apply for the permit. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit, or credit.