Side Door

Am I allowed to have a below-grade entrance in my side yard?

There are still zoning requirements and restrictions on below-grade side entrances. They must be built in accordance with the Ontario Building Code. You may have a below-grade side entrance as long as no portion of the stairs, including the foundation wall, is within the minimum required side yard setback. (Note: side yard setback is the minimum distance a house is allowed to be from the side lot line.) To find out your minimum required side yard setback, your property’s zoning must be checked.

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where can you build it?

If you’re planning to build or renovate an entrance to a basement, such as a below grade entrance or a side door, there are general provisions that regulate where you can build.

Side entrance permit – Specifications and Guidelines

1-WHERE THE FOUNDATIONS OF A BUILDING ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE FOOTINGS OF AN ADJACENT BUILDING AND WITHIN THE ANGLE OF REPOSE OF THE SOIL, OR THE UNDERPINNING EXCEEDS 1200mm OF LATERALLY UNSUPPORTED HEIGHT OR THE SOIL IS CLAY OR SILT, THE UNDERPINNING & RELATED CONSTRUCTION SHALL BE DESIGNED BY A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER.

2-EXCAVATION SHALL BE UNDERTAKEN IN A MANNER SO AS TO PREVENT MOVEMENT WHICH WOULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO ADJACENT PROPERTY, STRUCTURES, UTILITIES, ROADS & COMMENCING EXCAVATION.

3-MINIMUM CONCRETE STRENGTH FOR UNDERPINNING SHALL BE 15MPa AT 28 DAYS. ALL EXTERIOR CONCRETE SHALL BE 32MPa W/5%-8% AIR ENTRAINMENT.

4-CONCRETE SHALL BE CURED MINIMUM 48 HOURS BEFOR GROUTING AND PROCEEDING TO THE NEXT STAGE.

5-SHORE & BRACE WHERE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY & STABILITY OF THE EXISTING STRUCTURE DURING UNDERPINNING.

6-WEEPING TILE IS TO DRAIN TO THE STORM SEWER, DITCH, DRYWELL OR INSTALL COVERED SUMP PIT WITH AN AUTOMATIC PUMP.

7-FOOTING 450mm x 100mm POURED CONC. FOOTING ALL FOOTINGS SHALL REST ON NATURAL UNDISTURBED SOIL OR COMPACTED GRANULAR FILL.

8-CONCRETE MINIMUM COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF 32MPa @ 28 DAYS W/ 5% TO 8% AIR ENTRAINMENT.

9-INSULATION -MIN. RSI 2.11 (R12) INSULATION & VAPOUR BARRIER ON THE INSIDE FACE OF THE EXPOSED FOUNDATION WALL -MIN. RSI 1.41 (R8) INSULATION FOR 600mm BELOW GRADE AT WALKOUT LANDING.

10.RETAINING WALL 250mm MASONRY OR POURED CONCRETE W/ NO REINFORCING REQUIRED FOR WALL HEIGHT TO A MAX. OF 1200mm PROVIDE 25M VERTICAL REINFORCMENT @ 600mm O.C AND A BOND BEAM CONTAINING AT LEAST ONE 15M REINFORCMENT FOR BACKFILL HEIGHTSTO A MAX. OF2400mm