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July 21, 2009
Toronto Building resumes limited services
Up to 500 permits to be issued over next two weeks

In response to needs of residents and the development community, the City of Toronto is working to issue construction permits for applications submitted before June 22. Beginning yesterday, Toronto Building has identified several hundred permit applications that can be processed almost immediately.

"Supporting our residents and businesses during the strike is important. Up to 500 building permits could be issued by month's end. We want to help Toronto's businesses and residents carry on with planned projects to the extent possible at this time," said Mayor David Miller.

Hundreds of permits are available for pick up while others that were previously reviewed for compliance with various bylaws and Building Code are now being processed. Toronto Building will review permit applications submitted before June 22 for small residential and commercial projects and standalone plumbing and mechanical installations for compliance.

This is possible because some of Toronto Building's management staff have been reassigned.

Applicants whose permits are ready will be contacted by Toronto Building staff. The City asks that applicants wait to be contacted and not call as staff resources remain limited. City Hall, Metro Hall, North York and York Civic Centres are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Toronto Building is unable to accept applications until regular City operations resume. No progress inspections will be undertaken during the strike. Further information is available at

Media contact: City of Toronto Media Relations line during the labour disruption: 416-338-7768
Public information: Contact Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338 or



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