What are the proper steps taken before demolishing a shed?

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Posted by: from London
11/5/2014 at 3:51:32 PM

I am the owner of an income producing duplex and would like to remove a shed to get access to the backyard to add parking.

1) Do I need a demolition permit for a 10 x 16 structure if it has a floating floor (no 4' poured footings?

2) Is it OK to hire a contractor who works alone but doesn't have WSIB coverage since I am the home owner?

3) Do I need a site plan from the city to add parking in old south?

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Gonzalo from My Man at Home in Brampton
Date/Time11/6/2014 at 1:45:41 PM

You don't need anything special unless your shed has asbestos. Or it is in front of your house.

For driveway you do need permit.

Have a nice day,

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Date/Time11/6/2014 at 4:19:28 PM

We are in Alberta, and requirements are different community to community and province to province. We need a permit in our town to put in a parking pad, but you may not need to.

Best to check with your municipal office, there my be by-laws governing noise, bin location for getting rid of the demolition, types of materials that can go into the bin.

If you will be hiring a contractor, it is at your own risk - we carry general liability insurance and WCB so your property is covered if we accidentally damage it, and we're covered if we get hurt...that's a layer of protection for all parties...just be sure you know who you're dealing with and what protection they have in place.

Make sure that everyone knows and understands what your expectations are before entering into any arrangement. They will not take care of disposal of the renovation if you tell them that you're doing it, they won't be cleaning out the shed for you if that's not stated up front, and they sure won't be saving any of the stuff that you have in there if you ask them to take care of it all for you.

Nathan Sawchuk

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Date/Time11/6/2014 at 4:45:26 PM

About the WSIB question, it is not possible for a sole proprietor to register for WCB (at least the last time I checked). However, it is possible to get a letter from WCB that states that they are exempt from coverage (I don't know why you would need a letter from them since you already know he works alone). You both should know that there is NO coverage for work related injury should he get hurt...I don't know what liability you would have if he were to get hurt mind you, perhaps that's a question you should ask your insurance provider or lawyer. It would be awful if he hit himself in the head with a hammer and then sued you...just saying.

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Jonathan from Cleaners on Duty in North York
Date/Time11/7/2014 at 1:33:41 PM

You don't need the permit when is that small area but since its not dangerous job doesn't matter if the contractor has WSIB even thought it's required. About the simple plan from the city, yes you need it.

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Date/Time11/12/2014 at 3:35:15 PM

I agree, your contractor that you hire will not need WCB coverage to remove this shed. However if your contractor has an additional helper, than he must have WCB Coverage.

Your contractor has the option to get personal / optional coverage through WCB, but it is not mandatory if he works alone. Other than that, there is really no additional advice to give besides start from the roof done. Be Safe.

Hope this helps.



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