Brampton wants homeowners to get the facts before starting renovation projects

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Published May 25, 2021 at 9:01 am

Brampton homeowners looking to renovate their homes this year need to take extra steps to ensure any contractors they hire are above board and on the level, says Mayor Patrick Brown.

Planning on doing the work yourself? Make sure you abide by all required by-laws, he added.

Warm weather is home project time in cities across Ontario and residents are often inspired to take on home projects like roof repairs, driveway widening, installing a new fence or updates inside their homes. Brown said Brampton has a number of by-laws in place to maintain a clean and safe city, and contractors and residents “share the responsibility” of ensuring home construction is legal and meets all City by-laws.

“Brampton is a Healthy and Safe City, and together, we can all play a part in helping to create safer homes and a safer community.”

When undertaking a home construction project, residents are asked to keep the following tips in mind:

  • Check that the contractor is licensed by the City of Brampton. A list of licensed building renovation contractors and driveway paving contractors is available online.
  • Contractors could include roofers, driveway paving/sealing workers, fence installation companies or any form of indoor or outdoor property renovations.
  • Check that your contractor has insurance. Hiring an uninsured contractor leaves you liable should something happen on your property.

Brampton’s Zoning Team is available to answer questions and if residents have complaints related to a licensed contractor they are asked to call 311.

In April, the City announced that it was tightening up rules related to driveway paving work, as well as roofing repair and installations on private properties, and that it would resume investigations of driveway installations or expansions that do not comply with the City’s various by-laws. This is a significant step towards mitigating illegal construction on driveways and roofs, and keeping the community safe, said City Councillor Jeff Bowman.

“Our By-law Enforcement team conduct inspections related to home construction to keep our community clean, safe and enjoyable for all,” he said. “Residents are encouraged to do their part and ensure all contractors, whether for minor repairs or large-scale work, are licensed before commencing work on their property.”

For most categories of business licensing the online application process is simple and fast. Contractors are encouraged to look up the application requirements and reach out to the City for any questions.

For more information on City by-laws regarding home improvement projects, visit www.brampton.ca/bylaws.

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