What is a Pre-Construction Survey?
Depending on the nature of the construction and the possibility of vibration, developers may be required to offer a pre-construction survey of buildings near the proposed construction area to verify existing conditions.
The survey includes an interior and/or exterior inspection of buildings and structures, or portions thereof, to assess and document structure conditions prior to the start of construction and possibly during or after construction if any adverse construction effects are reported. This condition survey is important in the unlikely event that issues arise during the construction. Photographs are taken as part of the survey.
A consultant retained on behalf of the developer contacts the applicable properties near the construction site. All inspectors will carry company issued photo identification and a copy of the applicable notice to verify their involvement. All information collected is kept strictly confidential. Appropriate COVID-19 measures will also be put in place.
While the pre-construction inspection is voluntary, it helps to protect homeowners in any claims for damages as a result of construction. The report is not provided to homeowners unless there are damages that are believed to have occurred because of the construction, at which time the structure would need to be re-assessed by the same inspection company. If you choose not to accommodate the entry onto your property to allow the inspection, no claim for damages could be supported.
Please note that the developer’s consultant is responsible for conducting the survey, preparing the necessary documents, and receiving any claims as the developer is liable for any damage resulting from the development. Should you have any questions about the process, please call the number on the pre-construction survey letter for assistance.
Do Township staff inspect construction sites?
Township staff and third-party peer review inspectors retained by the Township regularly review and monitor construction sites to ensure construction is being undertaken in accordance with the approved plans and reports. Township staff and peer review inspectors work with developers and their consultants and contractors to mitigate any issues that may arise throughout the construction process.
How will the environment/species be protected during construction?
As part of the development application process, appropriate plans and studies are required (ie. Environmental Impact Study, Arborist Report, Tree Preservation Plan) to address any significant environmental features on site. All significant environmental features, as defined in accordance with Provincial, Regional and local criteria, are to be protected. The plans and studies submitted are reviewed and approved by Township staff and peer review consultants on behalf of the Township, as well as the Conservation Authority and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), where applicable. These plans and reports identify which features are required to be protected and the appropriate measures to be taken during construction, such as tree protection fencing.
Who should I call to report an issue or if I have a question about construction activities?
Will my garbage collection be affected?
Waste collection, access to residences, Emergency Services (Police, Fire and Ambulance), and mail delivery will be maintained or otherwise coordinated by the developers and their consultants and contractors.