Basement Walkouts

All basement walkouts in the City of Vaughan require a permit before starting construction. 


Building permit applications are accepted through the Online Permitting Portal

Designer requirements

Drawings that are prepared by a qualified designer (as defined in the Ontario Building Code) must include:

  • The qualified designer's name
  • The qualified designer’s registration number
  • The qualification identification number of the qualified designer (Building Code Identification Number: BCIN)
  • The qualified designer's signature
  • The stamp or statement that the qualified designer has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities

Note: Property owners may prepare and submit drawings that follow the requirements outlined in the “drawing requirements” section below.


Drawing requirements

A PDF copy of the construction drawing must be provided.


All drawings are to be designed to a minimum scale of 1:75 or 3/16ths equals one foot. Drawings are to be fully dimensioned, signed and dated and include information such as:

  • A property survey or site plan – including the location of the proposed basement walkout and dimensions indicating the distance from the basement walkout to adjacent property lines
  • Lot grading plan approved by City of Vaughan Development Engineering Department
  • Construction drawings:
    • Foundation plan
    • Plan view
    • Cross section
    • Underpinning details
    • Guard or rail details and a copy of the pre-engineered guard or railing details (if applicable). Typically, these details are available through the guard or railing supplier


Additional requirements