The number of complaints regarding illegal basement apartments in Milton is on the rise.
Town staff say that there have been almost three times as many complaints during the first quarter this year as during the same time frame in 2017.
After verifying an illegal basement apartment, the Building Division issues an order for a violation of the Ontario Building Code.
If owners fail to comply with an order, they can be convicted in Provincial Offences court.
Last year, the penalty for violations skyrocketed from $500 to $5,000.
The Milton Fire Department is also checking permits if they have to issue a ticket for violations relating to smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detectors.
Permit violations and fires are preventable.
If you have questions or are planning on building an accessory apartment, contact the Town’s Planning and Development department to learn about the correct permits and code requirements.
All accessory apartments require a building permit and must adhere to any applicable laws and standards, including the Building Code, Fire Code, property standards by-laws and the Town of Milton Zoning By-law.
For more information, visit milton.ca/BasementApartments.