Do you need a permit?


You may be wondering what kind of work around your home requires a permit.  Here is some information regarding city issued permits.  First and foremost if you are wondering if your project needs a permit always call the city to discuss your needs.

Most work around homes usually falls under the category of maintenance.  The city won`t issue a permit for that type of work.  An extreme example of maintenance; you have a wood porch that leads to your front door.  It includes steps, a roof and a railing.  It is falling apart and you wish to rebuild it exactly as it stands without changing anything.  That is considered maintenance. You do not need a permit. Now let’s say you take the opportunity to improve its design or you don`t like the position of the stairs. You wish to move them from the side to the front.  These design modifications require a permit from the city.  You must submit drawings to the city for them to consider your changes and assure respect of building codes and local bylaws.

The above examples are for the municipality of Montreal and not necessarily for its boroughs.  Four boroughs come to mind when it comes to maintenance that requires a permit; Outremont, Westmount, Town of Mount royal and Old Montreal and a fifth to a lesser extent Plateau Mount royal.  In these districts changing your windows may require a permit.  Now it has been my experience that in these places if you deal with a recognized manufacturer installer the permit is fast tracked and little to no documentation is required.  Also in these subdivisions interior renovations require permits.  If you start putting toilettes and demolition debris on your front lawn for pick up, a city inspector will most certainly come a knocking and ask what work you are undertaking. Again in these neighbourhoods there are strict bylaws that govern such things as the material used for plumbing; Cast iron is a standard for drains.

Projects that almost always require a permit are stair projects.  If you are proposing changes to a stair the city wants to make sure they conform to the National Building Code and local amendments to the NBC. This goes for outside and inside stairs.  Building a stair without respecting the code can be uncomfortable at the least and dangerous at worst. That`s were a service like ours shines.

An extreme make over to your home will most certainly require more than drawings submitted for a permit.  If you decide to paint your home exterior or make drastic changes to the front facade it would require that you go before a local committee for review and approval, again this depends on your borough.  CCU meetings (Comité Consultatif d’Urbanisme) or Planning Advisory Committee  can delay your renovations because they are held at regular intervals.  If at your first meeting your project is refused and changes requested you would have to wait until the next meeting to resubmit, sometimes it can take 6 weeks.  Check your local CCU`s schedule for a fit with your plans.

Let us know how we can help you get a permit; call 514-839-3138


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