The City of Cambridge accepts applications for a number of licences and permits issued by City departments and their divisions.

Building and development

There are many permits and licences related to building and development. The Building Code Act requires building permits for structures greater than 10 square metres and all construction projects.

The By-law Enforcement Office also issues permits for pools and provides information about building fences on your property.

You also require a licence to install and test backflow prevention devices and drain laying in Cambridge.


Learn about the different types of business licence applications required by the City of Cambridge. Some business licences also require approval from both the Building and Planning divisions.

Common permits

View a list of the most common permits people apply for in the city of Cambridge.

Property information search

If you would like to search a property to find relevant permit or planning information view our online services.