Second kitchen?

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Posted by: from St Catharines
7/12/2018 at 11:02:50 PM

Do I need a permit to put in a second kitchen in the basement of an elevated bungalow?

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Date/Time7/13/2018 at 7:45:28 AM

Yes and an electrical permit to.

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Date/Time7/13/2018 at 10:20:05 AM

Absolutely. You'll also need engineered stamped drawings of what your plan is. This will include modes of egress, seperate entrance, fire break, and much more. All of that is required by the city planning department before they will issue your permit.

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Date/Time7/13/2018 at 10:22:10 AM

Yes....You have to apply for a building permit for such project

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Date/Time7/13/2018 at 10:44:17 AM


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John from Boyd Renovations in Ottawa
Date/Time7/13/2018 at 12:50:30 PM

Yes, you'll also need an electrical permit and make sure the plumbing is done by a certified professional.

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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time7/13/2018 at 11:23:08 PM

100% of course

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Greg from McHaleReno in Whitby
Date/Time7/15/2018 at 9:15:31 AM

yes, you will need to supply plans. the City has standard copies of plans on their web site. if you cannot create your own plans you will need to hire a Designer or Architect. As a home owner you are allowed to create your own plans, but the plan must meet code requirements.

and ESA permit will be required for electrical

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Darlene from Miller Homes Inc. in Oshawa
Date/Time7/15/2018 at 11:54:28 AM

Depends on where you live. In Ontario yes.

In our area a second unit is allowed in most places.

The fire code also applies.

For new units:

Units are to be separated by 2 layers of fire coded drywall

including the stairwell. Because ductwork is in the way, a sprinkler may be required in

a furnace room. Furnace duct has to have a damper installed. A fire rated door with

automatic closer has to separate the units, Combination smoke/carbon monoxide

detectors with strobe light are required. Two exits, from each unit are required. A window counts if

it is large enough and close enough to the floor etc..Driveway size matters.

Rules are different for existing

second units but the Fire inspector has say on what needs to be done.

Costs are substantially higher than building a rec room and bathroom

but certainly worth it. It's becoming very popular to have a second unit for income

and for retired parents and other family members to split a house.

Darlene - Miller Homes

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Elbert from GTA Basements 416 in Innisfil
Date/Time7/18/2018 at 7:42:44 AM

Yes, you will. Because, there will be new gas and electrical connections to the existing building.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,



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Date/Time7/30/2018 at 1:02:57 PM

Yes you do, and don't forget the most important part get a Plumbing Permit and a licensed Plumber who is licensed to work in your area.

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Date/Time8/31/2018 at 12:57:02 AM

You haven't said whether the 2nd kitchen will be for family use (an 'in-law' suite) or if you're going for a legal secondary suite. Other respondents have assumed you're going for a suite and have correctly informed you there's lots of Code aspects to consider once you get past the first hurdle of development (it could be rejected).

If you want to make life easier go for an in-law suite with a 'wet bar' rather than a kitchen if you can live without having a stove.

If you're going for a full legal suite you will need to install drywall to the walls and ceilings of the furnace room (taped joints), separate furnaces with no mixing of air between suites, proper egress windows, exiting requirements, etc. etc.

You may find some builders in your area who are building new homes with secondary suites included so you can view the detail that goes into creating a legal suite.

For permits you would require building & HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.

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