Design Approval Application

The Building & Landscape Plans, along with the following information must to be submitted to the developer  & approved by Square One Design prior to Municipal Building Permit Application, as per the registered Building Scheme & Design Guidelines.

a) Dimensions of lot
b) Dimensions of building
c) Location of building on lot
d) Dimensions of property lines
e) Proposed and existing elevations at each corner of house, garage slab, basement slab &; finished main floor
f) Location, slope and type of driveway
g) Location of retaining walls
h) Location of drainage swales
i) Location of underground water lines, sanitary and Hydro/Tel lines
j) Lot elevation grades
k) Sq footage of dwelling per floor
l) Sq footage of garage
m) Sq footage of covered porches/patios

a) Location of building(s) & improvements on lot with boundaries & any existing physical features
b) Location and type of all planting materials & finishes
c) Location, slope and material type of driveway
d) Location & description of any retaining walls & fencing
e) Location of planting beds, plants, trees, lawn, permeable surfaces & features
f) Location and material type of sidewalks, paths, steps and patios

a) Floor plans indicating dimension of house and roof pitch(s)
b) Front, rear & side, exterior elevations
c)  Details of types of building materials showing finished grades


Stone Veneer: Real or cultured (faux) stone, often 2” thick, glued to wall…to appear like real masonry (minimum 10% required at front elevation).

Driveway: Concrete (options: exposed aggregate, stained, brushed) or pavers or combination of both (note asphalt and gravel not allowed).

Siding: Real wood or wood composite like Hardi Plank, often with 7” exposure, installed horizontally or vertically (called board and batten); cedar or composite shingles (in straight rows); stucco look Hardi Board (real stucco, vinyl or aluminum siding not allowed).

Trim: Real wood or composite, stained or painted, minimum 1”x 4” wide, installed around windows, doors, exterior wall corners; inside wall corners often 1”x 2” (corner trim not required where siding is bevelled and mitred).

Upper Trimmer: Real wood or composite, stained or painted, various sizes, used as separation between finishes, often on gable face.

Gable Face: The triangular part of the wall below a sloped roof, often finished with a different material than the wall face below it, separated with a trimmer board between.

Barge Board: The wood trim finishing a gabled roof overhang, minimum size 2”x 8”

Fascia Board: Same as barge board but is located on the roof eaves, gutters (eaves troughs) are surface mounted to the fascia board.

Gutter: extruded aluminum eaves troughs mounted to the fascia board to collect water from the roof in a controlled way, connected to down spouts.

Down Spout: Extruded aluminum trough connected to gutter to manage rain (also called rain water leader or RWL.)

Roofing: Laminated fibre glass reinforced shingles with minimum 30 year warranty; minimum 26 guage metal roofing; maximum 33% of roof area may be torch-on roof membrane (used at flat roofs.)

Timber Truss: Decorative or structural solid timber framing often a feature at entries or gable faces

Soffit: The underside finish of the roof overhangs, minimum 24” wide at fascia overhangs and a minimum of 12” wide at gables, often beaded vinyl, perforated aluminum or tongue and groove wood, the function is to provide air flow into the roof space in conjunction with roof vents yet prevents insects and vermin from entering.

Garage Door: Not to exceed 8’ height.

Each Building Design Submission must be provided & approved prior to building permit application and include the following information according to the registered building scheme –

  1. Property description & contact information for the property owner
  2. A scale building plan including all exterior cladding descriptions & colour codes
  3. A scale site plan showing hard & soft landscape surfaces with descriptions & locations of; dwelling unit, driveway, patio(s), walk(s), planting beds, plants, trees, lawn, retaining walls fencing & all other required building scheme details.

Failure to submit a complete application may result in a reapplication fee of $100. Required site re-inspections may also result in a fee of $100 per occurrence.






Attach PDF or JPEG file(s) containing drawings of your Building Plans & Landscape Design.

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