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What Is A Load Bearing Wall in Toronto & the GTA?

One of the most common questions that homeowners ask when they want to make modifications or improvements to their home is what to do about load-bearing walls. When developing your design, it’s vital to think about these walls.

When you want to demolish a wall or undertake major interior renovations, you’ll need a building permit. To get approval for the project the plans will need to be professionally drafted and presented with any and all supporting documentation to the appropriate authorities.

Load-bearing walls are structural elements that carry the vertical load weight of a building, but they may also serve as a partition between rooms. In traditional construction, they may be made from stone or brick, but in modern structures frames and panels are used to bear the weight.

If you are trying to locate the load-bearing walls in your home, you will need to make sure it is accurate. Being unsure is not only dangerous, but it could end up costing you even more in repairs. Before beginning any type of project, it’s critical to locate load-bearing walls. Any skilled contractor understands the significance of doing so. If your contractor does not seem concerned, you should consider pursuing another one! Load-bearing walls are usually located wherever the roof reaches its lowest points. So, if you have a standard exterior with four walls, then two of the four exterior walls will be load-bearing walls. You will also have interior load-bearing walls. They are usually perpendicular to the floor joists but this is not always the case, and an expert opinion is essential.


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How To Remove A Load Bearing Wall?

Removing a load-bearing wall is often the best option for creating an open-plan living space.  By removing load-bearing walls, you can open up smaller rooms which allow light into the room and also gives the illusion of the space being larger. The design possibilities it opens up are vast and create the opportunity for you to really design your dream space without barriers.

For load-bearing wall removal projects in Toronto, we provide design and construction permits. We made building permit approval for load-bearing walls an easier task for you. During the city review procedure, we will assist you in following up with the city examiner ensuring that the project is on track.

All our drawings & designs at Acadia Drafting are completed according to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and stamped by a BCIN professional and/or Engineer based on project requirements.


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Get Your Load Bearing Wall Removal Permit Done Correctly

The whole construction process can get delayed due to inaccurate drafts. Good drawings help collaborate with all consultants to ensure your permit and construction process goes as smoothly as possible and are also able to convey the correct idea or intention to your contractor. 

Our preparation includes:

  • Site Visit & Documentation
  • Preliminary Design Review
  • Building Permit Drawings

Application Process:

  • Prepare Application Form
  • Apply Application on Your Behalf
  • Respond to City Comments & Revise Drawings 
  • Obtain The Permit Approval
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Important Tips To Consider

Although safety should never be overlooked, don’t assume that your remodeling ideas are ruined just because it’s a load-bearing wall. To ensure that the ceiling or upstairs floor does not sag or fall, you may need to build support beams and leave one or more columns here and there.

There are almost always great alternatives for projects like these, and all it takes is time, patience, and the right team of experts on your side!

At Acadia Drafting, we offer professional services in Toronto to suit all your CAD and drafting needs. We ensure that your building plans are drawn up accurately according to your preferences and in compliance with local building codes. Call (647) 478-9292 today for your free estimate!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have. While each project is distinct, you can find typical inquiries about Load-Bearing Wall Removal Permits below.

    While your project might not require planning permission, removing a load-bearing wall necessitates building regulation approval. You can choose to appoint a Building Control Officer from your local council or opt for a private sector approved inspector.

    A Load-Bearing Wall Removal Permit is a necessary authorization required for home renovation projects involving the removal of load-bearing walls. Unlike non-load-bearing walls, these walls support the structural integrity of the building. The permit ensures that the removal is carried out safely and in compliance with building codes and regulations. Obtaining this permit is essential to maintain the structural stability and safety of the property during and after the renovation process.

    Identifying a load-bearing wall that requires a permit for removal involves recognizing specific signs and characteristics. Load-bearing walls typically run perpendicular to the floor joists and are crucial for supporting the weight of the structure above. Signs such as large beams resting on the wall, walls directly above it, or walls perpendicular to the floor joists often indicate load-bearing status. If uncertain, consulting a structural engineer or a qualified professional can help homeowners determine whether a wall is load-bearing and needs a permit for removal.

    The time it takes to obtain a Load-Bearing Wall Removal Permit can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the project, the workload of the local authorities, and the completeness of the permit application. Typically, the processing time ranges from a few weeks to a couple of months. Factors such as the accuracy of the submitted documents and the responsiveness to any additional information requested by the authorities can impact the duration. It’s advisable to start the permit application process well in advance of the planned construction to account for potential delays and ensure a smooth progression of the project.

    Typically, a general contractor can remove a load-bearing wall as desired, but it’s crucial to ensure proper weight redistribution. Without adequate support after removing part of the wall, there is a risk of roof buckling or collapse.

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    Who Our Clients Are:


    Home renovations, additions, custom home builds and more. We help homeowners get their building permit fast with a complete set of drawings prepared in-house by our experts.

    Commercial Property Owners

    We work with restaurant owners, retail store owners, office managers and any other commercial owners to get their building permits approved fast and make their project reality.

    Industrial Property Owners

    We also specialize in working with all kinds of industrial properties, including distribution centres, warehouses and even grow houses that are sustainable and fully functional.

    Contractors and Builders

    We work with contractors and builders to ensure any project goes smoothly and the building permits get approved fast. We provide a full range of construction management services.