Development Services





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With an aim to protect public Health and Safety and building occupants, the Development Services Department is responsible to for the administration of the provisions of the Building Code Act and Ontario Building Code. 

This responsibility involves the processing of

  • building permit applications,
  • performing residential zoning bylaw compliance reviews,
  • issuing building permits,
  • conducting building and sewage system inspections,
  • addressing building code and construction related inquiries from the public
  • the enforcement of provisions of the municipal zoning bylaw when the construction of buildings under permit or requiring a permit are involved.

This department also administers a successful Sewage Re-inspection Program (discretionary maintenance inspections), to ensure the safe and healthy operation of private onsite sewage systems within the Township of Muskoka Lakes and the testing of the water supplies of municipal public buildings, under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2002 and the Health and Protection and Promotion Act.

Contact the Development Service Department to:   
  • Schedule a building or septic inspection
  • Speak to a Building Inspector
  • Report construction without a permit
  • Ask a building code related question
  • Receive updates on the Sewage Re-inspection Program
  • Receive updates on municipal public building water supplies
  • Inquire about the status of an existing building permit


    PRIVATE WATER TESTING For details regarding water testing
contact the District Health Unit at
(705) 684-9959
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w3cP.O. Box 129, 1 Bailey St., Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0  Phone:(705)765-3156  Fax:(705)765-6755
Municipal Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)