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Building and Construction

If you are planning to build or renovate in Essex, the Building Department offers many services to help you get the job done.

Building Permits

A building permit is a licence granting you legal permission to start construction on a project that complies with appropriate government regulations.

Building Inspections

Building inspections are carried out during and upon completion of construction.

House Numbering

House numbers are assigned by the Building Department at the time a building permit is issued.

Driveway Entrance Permits

Before creating an entrance from the road to a building lot, a driveway entrance permit is required.

Sewage System Permits

Before installing a private sewage system, a sewage system permit is required.


The zoning by-law governs the use of all lands, buildings and structures in the Town of Essex and how a use, building or other structure may be located on a property.