How to make basement bedroom pass inspection?

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Posted by: from Mississauga
10/2/2015 at 10:10:04 AM

I have a non-conforming basement apartment (not being used) that I think is probably not insulated. I share the house with a family member and want to let them sleep in one of the bedrooms. I DO NOT want to rent it as an apartment (even if that means removing the door, the stove and the sink). What would have to be done to make it pass inspection? Does it have to be insulated?

The whole basement was built without a permit including 2 washrooms (they were there before I moved in) I remodelled one and framed and insulated the recreation room without a permit because someone at the city said I didn't need one.

When the inspector comes in, I know he is going to look at the whole basement and I am concerned about how much this could end up costing as I am on disability (and so is the other family member).

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Date/Time10/2/2015 at 11:31:47 AM

Not sure that the local building gave you the correct information. Any electrical framing etc requires permit. You'll need a egress window...maybe back flow value etc. If you speak to the inspector first..have them over and they can give you the core t advice.

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Date/Time10/2/2015 at 6:57:41 PM

You didn't mention why an inspector was coming in for in the first place. To inspect what? You can use your house the way your immediate family wants, but there are codes to follow for bedroom safety, that are available at your local building dept., that concern exit in case of fire, and what is classed as a bedroom.

There are clauses that pertain to existing use of a home, but a simple inquiry up front may save some pain in the back!

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Date/Time10/3/2015 at 12:13:09 PM


You would need to speak with the building department (3rd Floor) at the City of Mississauga with a plans examiner. They will provide you with the correct zoning information of what is and is not required for your purpose.

Not sure why an inspector would be coming to your house if you havn't completed any construction but they can only provide you with building constrution code issues. Any legalities with respect to usage would be the building department.

I hope this helps.

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