Ontario's New Shed Regulations

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Recently, Ontario has witnessed a significant transformation in its building regulations, specifically concerning building sheds in your backyard.

The recent bylaw amendment we'll discuss in this article has generated considerable interest among homeowners, as it now permits the construction of sheds up to 15 square meters without the need for a building permit. This regulatory update aims to simplify the process of adding functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor storage to your property.

In this article, we'll guide you through the April 29, 2022, changes and what they mean for your outdoor projects.

Understanding the Bylaw Change

To grasp the implications of the bylaw change fully, let's dive into the specific amendment made to Article of Division C of the Ontario Building Code:

  • (6) A shed is now exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit under section 8 of the Act and is also exempt from compliance with this Code, provided that the shed:
    • (a) occupies an area no greater than 15 m2,
    • (b) stands no taller than one storey,
    • (c) remains unattached to any building or structure,
    • (d) is solely used for storage purposes related to the primary building on the lot, and
    • (e) lacks plumbing.

These revisions signify that you can now embark on your shed construction project without the bureaucratic hurdles of obtaining a permit, provided you meet these specified criteria.

If you'd like to review the entire building code, you can find it here: Ontario Building Code.

Benefits of the New Regulations

Ontario's updated shed regulations offer numerous advantages for homeowners:

  1. Streamlined Process: The most significant benefit is eliminating the need for a building permit when constructing a shed on your property. This saves both time and administrative hassle.

  2. Expanded Design Possibilities: With the maximum allowable shed size increased to 15 square meters, you have more creative space to work with. This allows for the creation of a spacious storage area or even the conversion of your shed into a versatile backyard retreat.

  3. Enhanced Creative Freedom: The absence of strict permit requirements grants you the creative freedom to design your shed to match your property's aesthetics seamlessly.

Design Ideas and Tips

_Q9A5271-HDR-exportTo help you make the most of this opportunity, consider these design ideas and tips for your upcoming shed project:

  • Multi-Purpose Sheds: Explore the concept of multi-purpose sheds that can serve as storage spaces, workshops, gardening sheds, or even small home offices.

  • Aesthetic Harmony: Ensure that your shed's design harmonizes with your home's aesthetics. Choose materials, colours, and finishes that complement your property's overall appearance.

  • Solid Foundations: Invest in a robust foundation for your shed to prevent moisture-related issues and extend its lifespan.

  • Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your shed in top condition. Regularly clean the exterior, inspect for damages, and make necessary repairs.


The recent bylaw change in Ontario has paved the way for a hassle-free and creative approach to constructing your dream backyard shed. Stay tuned for our upcoming article, where we'll delve even deeper into this topic, helping you seize these exciting opportunities to enhance your outdoor living space. Soares Landscaping remains your trusted partner in creating beautiful and functional outdoor environments.


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