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Are you a new homeowner in Brampton. Have you recently purchased a new home from a builder and either have just moved in or are about to move in? You may have a lot of questions on your mind about your new home, but fear not… here are some common questions you may be thinking about, and their answers!

What will my new address be?

Contact the Municipal Addressing Clerk in the Building Division at 905-874-2434.

Who can I talk to about Lot Grading?

Contact Development Construction at 905-874-2500.

When will my lot be sodded?

In accordance with the subdivision agreement, the developer shall ensure that the builder completes the sodding of each lot shown on the plan no later that 6 months after the date of occupancy of the dwelling unit on that lot. Dwelling units to be occupied between November 1 and June 15 of the following year, shall be complete by June 30th following such occupancy.

Who should I speak to if there are going to be utility boxes on my lot?

Homeowner should contact Hydro One Brampton for location of the utility boxes.

When can I install a fence in my rear and side yards with my neighbours?

Homeowners should not install fencing until the Development Services inspector has had the opportunity to properly inspect and certify the lot. Once the lot has been inspected and the builder has completed all deficiencies, the homeowner can install the fence. Homeowners should check their agreements for any conditions with reference to fencing.

When will my driveway or grading deposit be returned to me? Who has my grading deposit?

The City of Brampton holds letters of credit from the developer to ensure that all works are completed in accordance with City standards and specifications. The City does not hold grading or driveway deposits from the homeowners or the builders. The homeowner should check the purchase agreement to see who has the grading deposit and when it will be returned.

Is there a survey of my property?

Contact Technical Services Division within the Planning, Design, and Development Department at 905-874-2058 or 905-874-2059

Is my subdivision assumed?

Contact the Law Department at 905-874-2675.

When will the sidewalk and curb be installed on my street? Can I widen my driveway?

The developer will install curb and sidewalk usually no later than 6 months after occupancy. Should the 6 months after occupancy fall into the winter months, then the work will be completed as soon as the appropriate weather returns. City inspectors try to ensure that all sidewalk and curb construction is completed within the specified time. It is possible to widen your driveway in some cases. Prior to doing any work you must submit a drawing indicating the work you intend to do to the Construction Division of Development Services. This drawing will be circulated to other departments for review. Once all criteria are met then the work may commence.

I live in a new subdivision and all I have is a lot number. Who can I talk to about getting my address?

Contact the Municipal Addressing Clerk in the Building Division at 905-874-2434.

Can I have the City install a gate in my fence that abuts a park or valleyland area?

The City requires developers of new communities to install chain link fences on private property abutting tableland Neighbourhood and Community parks. Typically, gates are installed in these fences to facilitate access and encourage park use. For older parks, or where there has been no gate installed, the City has no objection to residents installing gates at their expense. No permit is required.

The City also requires that developers install a chain link fences on private property abutting municipally owned or conservation authority owned natural areas (woodlots, valleylands). To limit encroachment and to encourage natural ecological functions of such areas gates are NOT permitted in these locations. Residents installing gates in such areas or found encroaching, will be asked to remedy the infraction or charged for such remediation work if it needs to be done by City forces.

I would like to speak with someone about fencing in our subdivision.

Contact the Community Design, Parks Planning and Development Division, Open Space Design and Construction within the Planning, Design, and Development Department at 905-874-2081.

Do I require a permit to build a fence on my property?

No. Check with Zoning Services to confirm by-law restrictions.

Does the City provide surveyors to confirm boundaries for fencing?

No. The owner is responsible for retaining an Ontario Land Surveyor to confirm boundaries.

How do I get a refund of my grading deposit?

Lot grading deposits are held by the builder and are generally returned to the purchaser after the lot grading has been approved by the City. Contact the Development Construction Section to confirm that the lot grading has been approved and contact the builder for return of the deposit.

What school will my child be attending?

Contact the Public School Board at 905-890-1099 or the Dufferin Peel Roman Catholic District Separate School Board at 905-890-1221

Is there going to be a new recreation centre or arena in my area?

Contact Parks and Recreation at 905-874-2300.

Is there a school being built near me?

Contact the Public School Board at 905-890-1099 or the Dufferin Peel Roman Catholic District Separate School Board at 905-890-1221

What is the purpose of the square drain located on the street known as a catchbasin?

The purpose of a catchbasin is to collect rainwater during rainstorms. Disposing of any other substance into the catchbasin is illegal since this water ends up in our creeks and rivers and will harm the fish.

Who is responsible for the cleaning of rearlot catchbasins in a residential subdivision?

Once the subdivision has been assumed, the responsibility of cleaning and maintaining the rearlot catchbasin belongs to the owner of the property. Any maintenance prior to assumption is the responsibility of the developer.

Who can I speak to about street trees and other streetscape matters?

Contact the Community Design, Parks Planning and Development Division – Open Space Design and Construction within the Planning, Design, and Development Department at 905-874-2334 to speak with a Landscape Architect

Who is responsible for cleaning the roads?

The City instructs all developers and builders in new or existing subdivisions that once any of the houses have been occupied the streets must be cleaned. In the warmer months the roads are to be flushed as required and in the winter months they are to be scraped down daily. Dust control during construction must be maintained constantly.

The City Of Brampton has a wonderful FAQ page that contains a wealth of information pertaining to many topics. I highly recommend you check it out if you have a moment. In the meantime, stay tuned for my next article about home staging!

Have a great day.