Getting a Permit

Getting a Permit

Contractors building a house

Before making an application for a permit, there are a number of things you should know and be prepared for. The requirements vary widely depending on the type of permit you want. Detailed information is provided on the various permit types separately for ease of use.

Effective Monday, January 4, 2021, the Permit Counter, currently located at Access St. John’s (first floor of City Hall), will be relocating across the street to the Inspection Services Division located on the third floor of the John J. Murphy building (City Hall Annex). The operating hours for the Permit Counter beginning January 4, 2021, are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

While the city will continue to provide in-person customer service, we also encourage permit application submissions in the following ways:

  • by email to
  • by regular mail to PO Box 908 St. John's,NL A1C 5M2
  • by fax to 709-576-8160

For further information on applications related to commercial projects check out the section Starting or Operating a Business.