Frequently asked questions

What type of work requires a permit?

Permits are required for most construction or renovation projects including but not limited to: fences, sheds, balconies/decks, swimming pools, driveway alterations, exterior modifications and interior renovations that change the floor plan of your house (eg; removing or adding new walls). If you are unsure whether or not you require a permit or have any questions relating to permit applications please contact the Urban Planning Department.

How much does a permit cost?

The cost varies depending on the type of permit. In most cases a $75 fee is charged for the request and the cost of the permit is determined based on the value of the work being done. Please see Fee Schedule for more detailed information about the fees for different types of permits.

How long does it take to obtain a permit?

The length of time to process and issue permits depends largely on the complexity of the request and the volume of requests being processed. Requests that do not require approval from the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) or City Council generally take five to ten business days to be issued.

What types of requests are subject to review by the Planning Advisory Committee?

Requests for new construction, expansion, or exterior renovations of residential and commercial buildings as well as any request for a minor exemption from the zoning by-law are reviewed by the PAC and decided by City Council.

What is a minor exemption?

Minor exemptions permit small deviations from the zoning by-law that do not involve land use or occupation density and require approval from the PAC and City Council. They can be used to permit new construction that does not conform or to allow for pre-existing non-conforming constructions. Minor exemptions are required before selling or obtaining a construction permit for a property with a non-conforming construction. Written approval of the exemption from any affected neighbours will always assist in obtaining approval from City Council. See the Minor Exemptions guide for more information.

How can I find out what zone my house is in and what regulations apply?

In order to determine what zone your property is in you can consult the zoning map available at CoteSaintLuc.org. Once you determine the correct zone you can refer to the appropriate column in the Table of Uses and Norms which indicates setbacks, heights, permitted uses, and dimensions for new construction (extensions, decks, patios, etc.) permitted in your zone.

What are the permitted hours of construction?

It is permitted to undertake any construction, renovation, or related activity between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm (9 am on weekends and holidays).

What information is required to obtain a permit?

The information and documents required vary depending on the nature of the request but typically a certificate of location showing the location of the proposed work as well as plans or drawings are necessary for a permit to be issued. For specific information please consult the information pamphlets available on our website or at the counter or contact us by phone or email.

Can I place a container on the street?

A permit from the city is required prior to placing a container on a city street or sidewalk. See Fee Schedule for more detailed information.

Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?

Yes, a certificate of authorization is required in order to cut down, fell, or alter a tree on your property. For trees adjacent to public streets, the city requires that the tree be replaced at the owner’s expense. In order to ensure the tree is replaced a deposit is required to be submitted when the permit is issued. If a tree is on city property only the city is permitted to cut down, alter, fell, or maintain it. See Trees guide for more information.

When are temporary car shelters (tempos) permitted?

Temporary car shelters are only permitted for dwellings without interior parking or carports. They are only permitted for single family homes that do not have indoor parking. They may be erected only between November 1 and April 1 of the next year.

Do I need a permit for a temporary car shelter?

A permit is required for a temporary car shelter, however, the permit is valid only for the duration of the ownership of the dwelling.

 


 

It is the responsibility of the owner to obtain required permits. Please contact the Urban Planning Department if you require more information or clarification.

 

The information contained in this pamphlet is simplified and for information purposes only. In case of a contradiction between the by-law and this document, the former will prevail.