Building Department

Chief Building Official Ed Podniewicz provides building department services to Howick and is available to meet with residents at the Howick municipal office. 

To schedule an appointment, an inspection or to answer any of your building inquires please contact the Howick municipal office via mail (44816 Harriston Rd, RR 1, Gorrie Ontario N0G 1X0), email Ed at, fax (519-335-6208) or phone (519-335-3208 ext 6).

Link to Forms and Permits

Planning to build, renovate or make repairs?

The building department and its Inspectors ensure that all buildings that receive building permits comply with the Building Code. They also respond to allegations of building code violations.

The Ontario Building Code 2006 sets a time period that building permits shall be issued or refused.

*Note - there are changes to the Ontario Building Code in 2015 - see summary of the major changes to the Ontario Building code.  Many other minor changes have taken efect as well.  For more information on these, please contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Ontario Building Code Act

Howick Municipal Energy Plan Program 

Barrier-Free Access Guideline

A multitude of emerging opportunities exist to reduce barriers that prevent many people, but especially our disabled population, from enjoying full inclusion.  A key area where Municipalities have direct influence over improving barrier-free access for persons with disabilities is through the development process.

As properties are being developed through new construction or redevelopment, there is a significant opportunity and obligation for Municipalities to ensure that facilities being constructed are accessible.  

For more information on Howick's Accessibility Guideline for Site Plan Control follow this link.

If you work in construction, the rules for mandatory WSIB coverage have changed. 

Do you run your own construction business?  Are you the purchaser of construction services?

Big or small, with workers or without, you still need to know what's changed.  Find out what it means for you.