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When Is a Building Permit Required?

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Section 3.1 of the Permit By-Law 2009-011

Over the whole territory of the Town of Montreal West, no one may proceed with one of the following interventions without obtaining a building permit in compliance with the provisions of the present by-law :
1. A new main building ;
2. Renovation, extension, reconstruction of a main building ;
3. A new accessory building or construction ;
4. Renovation, extension, reconstruction of an accessory building or construction ;
5. The installation of a pool or spa ;
6. The displacement of a building ;

7. The demolition of a main building ;
8. The construction and installation of a fence and the planting of a hedge ;
9. The construction, installation, extension or reconstruction of a retaining wall;
10. The layout or extension of a parking area ;
11. The felling of trees, except in the case of tree felling required for construction work, if a building permit is required ;
12. The construction,installation, extension, reconstruction or displacement of a sign, including its support,unless it is stated otherwise in the Zoning By-Law ;
13. Another temporary use or temporary building.

3.1.1 : Work not requiring a building permit

A building permit is not required in the case of renovations having a value of less than 5 000$.

However, when the renovation work implies a structural modification (including construction or displacement of a wall and its components), the modification of openings and any change to the existing materials (including changes in part or in whole of exterior cladding materials on walls or roof) requiring a building permit. 

An exemption from the obligation to obtain a building permit does not void the obligation to comply to the present by-law and with any other applicable by-law.

Please note that, many interventions require Council's approval, as defined by article 1.5 of the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Program (SPAIP) #2012-005:

1.5 Projects subject to SPAIP

For any property subject to this by-law, the delivery of a permit for one of the projects listed below is subject to prior approval by Council of a Site Planning and Architectural Integration Programme plan according to the procedure established in Chapter 3 of this by-law.

The construction, demolition, partial demolition, addition, removal, modification or alteration of any:

1) Main or accessory building;

2) Wall cladding, roof cladding (excluding replacement without modification of flat roofs), windows, doors;

3) Storefront of a commercial building, facades of industrial and institutional buildings, including signs and fixed awnings;

4) Other building element or architectural component visible from the exterior, including all changes in material, proportion, pitch, volume and/or colour;

5) Retaining wall parallel to a street or a sidewalk and located within a distance of 2m from the edge of the street or sidewalk, accessory constructions requiring the felling of a tree, parking areas and landscaping of development projects.

The following types of projects are excluded from the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Programme review:

1) The installation or replacement of gutters and/or spot lights in the soffits.

2) The replacement of roofing material if same type of material is being used (i.e. asphalt shingles for asphalt shingles, slate for slate).

3) The repointing of masonry if there is no change to the original predominant colors and predominant original appearance at the time of the permit application and that the repointing involves a uniformity of the exterior masonry walls.(B. 2016-007, a. 2; B. 2016-020, a. 1)

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April 5 March 22
April 19 April 5
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