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Building Activity

The community of choice to build and grow

As one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, Whitby strives for well-managed growth, and a diverse and sustainable economy.

Construction Value of Building Permits

Whitby has made significant investments in improving its educational, recreational and cultural facilities to contribute to an overall better quality of life for residents and businesses.

In 2015, Whitby's building permit activity had a construction value of over $169.4 million, a 13% decrease from the previous year.  Find more information about Whitby's building permits and to download an online building permit application, visit the Town of Whitby or call the Building Division at 905.430.4305. 

The following is a summary of the permit types and construction values from 2008-2015:

CONSTRUCTION VALUE OF BUILDING PERMITS 2009-2015

YEAR

RESIDENTIAL

COMMERCIAL

INDUSTRIAL

INSTITUTIONAL 

TOTAL 

 2015

$125.7 million

$11.7 million 

$28.8 million 

$3.2 million 

$169.4 million 

 2014

$109.4 million 

$17.8 million 

$23.4 million 

$44.8 million 

$195.4 million 

2013

       $86.4 million

        $13.8 million

          $5.8 million

        $22.5 million

     $129.4 million

2012

$149.4 million

 $21.2 million

 $8.5 million

 $82.6 million

 $262.0 million

2011

     $230.5 million

$34.9 million

         $6.2 million

$8.7 million

$282.0 million

2010

$163.8 million

$24.7 million

$9.3 million

$51.8 million

$249.6 million

2009

$115.9 million

$12.3 million

$28.9 million

$29.5 million

$186.6 million

Source: Whitby Planning and Development Department, 2016

Permits and Planning Approvals

New commercial and industrial developments, as well as additions to existing structures are required to receive site plan approval from the Town. The site plan approval process varies depending on the complexity of the development; however, the typical process takes between 4-6 months. Minor additions may be fast-tracked and a stage permitting process may be available to assist with tight timetables.