Be respectful of your neighbours
At the Urban Planning department, we regularly receive concerns from neighbours about construction activities in their neighbourhood. The City is often asked to get involved in resolving private disputes between general contractors, construction crews, owners and neighbours. These disputes sometimes result in delays and additional costs for builders, litigation and/or stop work orders, by-law enforcement notices and potential fines. We recognize that construction may result in temporary inconveniences so we ask that you work with us to minimize the disruptions. Being a good neighbour when you build can save you time and money in the end.
Your neighbours come first
- Inform your neighbours ahead of time about your upcoming project. Your thoughtfulness will go a long way in creating goodwill and making everyone’s work easier.
- Take all measures to prevent damage to your neighbour’s property and to mitigate dust.
- Inform the owners of adjacent properties before excavating near property lines, especially if a neighbour’s tree, its overhanging limbs, tree roots, fencing or any other vegetation or structures are nearby.
- Let all your neighbours on the street know ahead of time when the road will be blocked by excavation equipment, concrete trucks, delivery trucks or other construction equipment.
Access to your property
You must allow neighbours access to your property to carry out construction, repair or maintenance work on their own property. However, they must give you spoken or written notice, and must repair any damage caused in order to restore your property to its original condition. (excerpt from the “Being a good neighbour” publication produced by the Ministère de la Justice du Québec)
Sometimes the branches or roots of a tree on your land can extend onto a neighbour’s property, causing major problems. In this case, the neighbour may ask you to cut back the branches or roots. If one of your trees seems likely to fall onto the neighbour’s property, the neighbour may ask you to cut the tree down or shore it up.
When planting trees on your property, make sure they are at a good distance from the dividing line between two properties. You must also avoid placing
them where they may damage electrical or telephone lines or underground cables or pipes once they are fully grown. (excerpt from the “Being a good neighbour” publication produced by the Ministère de la Justice du Québec)