Building permits ensure that the zoning specifications, Site Planning and Architectural Integration Plan (PIIA), construction, fire and structural safety standards and other applicable building regulations are met. Failure to observe the zoning and construction requirements may lead to problems when selling your property.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained when required.
Generally, exterior work requires a permit. Work performed inside requires a building permit when it is structure-related. You may also need a plumbing permit when adding or relocating fixtures, depending on the type of appliances.
Before you start preparing your project, make sure you obtain all the zoning information for your neighbourhood. Zoning determines the uses permitted as well as the restrictions applying to your sector with respect to setbacks, building height, volume and area.
The Site Planning and Architectural Integration Plan (PIIA) indicates from which of the three historical phases of development of the urban fabric your neighborhood stems. The PIIA sets out objectives and guidelines for construction, renovation and landscaping changes. It even applies to apartment buildings, commercial buildings and industrial buildings. Its goal is to ensure that all changes integrate harmoniously within their surrounding environment.
Together, the zoning specifications and the PIIA will provide you with the right information to help you prepare a quality project to be submitted to the Planning Advisory Committee (CCU).
To obtain these documents, the property owners must go to the Urban Planning and Inspection service counter. They may also delegate someone, authorized by letter to obtain copies of the required plans. Under the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information, no document may be issued without proof of identity or a letter of authorization.
Please note that we do not provide property owners with a certificate of location.
A certificate of location is an official document prepared by a land surveyor. It allows you to determine the exact location of the structures erected on a site. It is also accompanied by a description of the property. It is an integral part of a real estate transaction.
The certificate indicates servitudes which may affect your renovation project.
You must submit it with your application for a building permit or a zoning study.
Once a permit is approved and ready to be issued, the balance owing will be calculated. It must be paid before the permit can be issued.
All holders of permits for the enlargement of a building or other structure within 30 cm of required setbacks or for the erection of a main building, swimming pool or fence must have the site staked by a land surveyor before work may commence.
The process starts with the verification of your project by the Urban Planning and Inspection Division, which determines whether or not it complies with Town by-laws. Your project must be submitted one week prior to a Planning Advisory Committee (CCU) meeting to allow for its verification before it can be submitted.
Once compliance has been established, your project is submitted to the CCU. The Committee assesses your application on the basis of objectives and criteria with respect to the location and architecture of the proposed structures or layout of the land, in light of site planning and architectural integration by-laws.
If your project meets the CCU’s criteria, the committee recommends its approval by Town Council. Once this approval has been granted, a permit is issued.
If the CCU refuses your project, it will make suggestions to help you resubmit it for approval.
As the quality of work depends on the contractor, you must choose one who has the required qualifications to carry out your project.
We therefore advise you to ask the contractor for references. By checking with former clients by phone or in person, you may avoid a few unpleasant surprises. It is also a good idea to check the contractors’ qualifications and credibility with the organizations to which they belong. If a worker does not have the required competency cards, you may be held responsible for this irregularity.
Display the building permit in a window where it is easily visible from the street.
Keep on the building site a complete copy of the plans signed and stamped by the Town for on-site consultation by the contractor and the inspector.
It is forbidden to engage in construction work, of any nature whatsoever, that has the effect of emitting noise outdoors:
Once a permit has been issued, the inspector is required to perform inspections during construction to ensure the structure and construction process are in accordance with Town by-laws. We advise property owners to make sure their contractors cooperate.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that the inspector is advised that the work has started or is nearing a critical step.
Please e-mail us or call 514-734-3042. If you call outside office hours to schedule an inspection, please leave a detailed message that includes the address where the inspection would take place, the type of inspection required, and the date and time required.