Legal Basement Renovations

Phinesse Construction helps you legalize your second dwelling by managing all aspects of the renovation work after the drawing creation and submission to local municipalities. We service Toronto/GTA including Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill, Markham, Oakville, Ajax and more.

We have years of Canadian experience and will ensure that your finished product doesn’t just meet your expectation, but exceeds all requirements and back it up with a one year “Workmanship Warranty”.

• Each municipality has its own By-laws, Regulations and Zoning requirements pertaining to what is required in order to grant the permit besides Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements which are across the board for Ontario.

• We are very familiar with each Municipality and have always managed to get a pass from inspectors, for work we perform.

• Every Municipality has a backlog of applications that they review – most cities have a 4-10 week backlog which is how long you should expect for your permit process prior to beginning your renovations, after the drawing and application packaged is submitted

• If you are in the Region of Peel, we can help you qualify for a 20-30K interest free loan from the city which allows you to convert a basement that doesn’t comply with the requirements to be deemed legal.

While your basement is only a small part of your house, ensuring the safety of everyone is the most important part of being a landlord. Ensuring that the space meets the fire code, building code, and electrical safety.



The fire code is meant to stop the spreading of fire and smoke, this is done by construction techniques and special materials. Also included in the fire code are the requirements for smoke detectors and minimum requirements for emergency exits.


The building code states that the ceiling height must be at least 1.95m (6 feet 5 inches) and the width of the entrance doors are to be at least 0.81m (32 inches). Other aspects of the building code include minimum window sizes, room sizes, sound proofing, emergency exits, and ventilation/exhaust requirements. To properly construct a unit there may be significant costs.


Lastly, the electrical wiring, outlets, and switches must be inspected and approved by the Electrical Safety Authority. They will ensure that there isn’t an electrical circuit that is overloaded and the proper GFI outlets are installed. Electrical issues are among the top reasons for a fire in a home.