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It's Building Safety Month. Do you know the basics?

The Township of Springwater is participating in several events to bring awareness to all things 'building code'
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TOWNSHIP OF SPRINGWATER - Throughout May, the Township of Springwater participates in Building Safety Month to promote the importance of the Ontario Building Code and building permits.

Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, accessibility standards and energy efficiency.

Building codes and the officials who enforce them are making our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety regulations result in strong structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Building safety affects everyone, and modern, updated building regulations save lives.

The Township of Springwater participates in several events to celebrate Building Safety Month, including:

  • Pop-up Services at United Lumber Home Hardware – Springwater Building Services and building officials from surrounding areas will be at United Lumber Home Hardware (520 Bayfield Street, Barrie) on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about building permits and construction projects. Informational pamphlets, project guides and more will be provided to help homeowners plan for the busy renovation season.
  • Extended Hours at the Municipal Office – Springwater Building and Planning Services will be extending their hours of operation at the Township Administration Centre on Wednesday, May 22 until 6:30 p.m. Property owners and contractors are encouraged to take this chance to learn more about the permit process and building safety in the community.
  • Building Officials Education Session – On May 28, Springwater will welcome building officials throughout Simcoe County and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) for an education session. Keeping current with new code changes and building products is an important job requirement for any building official. During this presentation, officials will deal with the intricacies of alternative solutions as they relate to building products.
  • Build2Code Breakfast – Building Services is hosting an invite-only breakfast to thank the many contractors and construction professionals who continually build to code within our community.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they help to confirm the places where you live, work and play are safe,” said Nick Ippolito, Chief Building Official at the Township of Springwater. “We rely on working closely with homeowners, builders, contractors and other construction industry trades to make sure our communities are built to code.”

Learn more about Building Safety Month at or join the conversation on social media at #BuildingSafety365 and #build2code.