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April 13, 2000
FASTRACK Service for Building Permits Expands Accross the City
Need a building permit to put up a wall partition in your office or renovate
your store?

Starting next week, building permit applicants can get same-day service for
certain commercial or industrial projects, citywide, provided no other
approvals are needed and plans are satisfactory. FASTRACK,
running as a pilot project since early last June in the former City of Toronto,
is expanding to customer service counters at the City's North York,
Scarborough, Etobicoke, York and East York Civic Centres.

"Our customers have told us that they want prompt and consistent service," says
Yaman Uzumeri, Executive Director of the Urban Development Services' Building
Division and Chief Building Official for the City. "Introducing an additional
FASTRACK service right across the city to complement our successful residential
program is one of the ways the Building team is striving to deliver that

Commercial/industrial FASTRACK service runs between 9 and 11 a.m. on specific
days - Scarborough and Etobicoke on Mondays; North York and East York on
Tuesdays; and Toronto and York on Thursdays. Projects include: interior
alterations up to approximately 300 square metres (3,200 square feet) in area
to existing buildings, with no change in use; interior alterations to
restaurants, with no change to the patron area; tents to be erected for special
occasions; and minor fire damage repair.

Since April 1999, applicants have been taking advantage of FASTRACK service to
get a building permit over-the-counter for small single-family dwelling
projects. To date, they have taken home thousands of building permits,
citywide, under this program. Projects range from building decks to small
additions. It continues at all the civic centres, also between 9 and 11 a.m.,
but on different days from industrial/commercial FASTRACK.

Brochures on both FASTRACK programs are available from the city's customer
service counters or applicants can visit the City of Toronto Web site for

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