Major Alterations

alterations or extensions of 40m2 or more.

Required documents for a preliminary review:

  • A letter describing the scope of the proposed work;
  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the permit application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A letter from the association of co-owners authorizing the proposed modification;
  • A copy of a recent certificate of location, showing the current conditions of the property;
  • Clear and coulor photographs of the existing property (site, facades, pertinent interiors) as well as a street view showing the adjacent properties;
  • A complete set of preliminary architectural drawings, scaled and dimensioned, folded to an 8,5” x 14” format, demonstrating existing and proposed conditions and compliance to current regulation, including:
    • A site plan showing setbacks, property lines, existing buildings, extensions, retaining walls, steps, major trees and any mechanical or electrical equipment installed outside a building ,
    • A plan of each floor to be modified,
    • A roof plan,
    • An elevation of each affected façade: existing, new and modified,
    • A streetscape elevation including the neighbouring buildings, to demonstrate integration into the context,
    • Longitudinal and transverse sections,
    • A topographic study, if the terrain is rugged.
  • A digital copy in PDF format of the drawings listed above, on a USB key;
  • Clear and coulor photographs of a sample of the main exterior proposed materials taken beside the existing façade to demonstrate integration;
  • A work order from the selected windows and doors manufacturer, including an illustrated technical data sheet showing the considered model(s), including a coordinated numbering listed in a table and coordinated on photos and with the proposed elevations;
  • Images of a 3D model illustrating the massing of the new construction in its context. (Depending on the nature of the site and the complexity of the project, a physical model may be required.)

If the style of the new windows and doors is different from the existing or the original one, also submit the following:

  • Shop drawings from the manufacturer, detailing the profile of doors and/or windows;

If the window opening is widened, also submit the following:

  • A dimensioned lintel detail, stamped and signed by a structural engineer.

Additional documents required for final analysis, upon favourable preliminary review:

  • Clear and coulor photographs of all samples that were not previously presented and exterior materials;
  • A complete set of working drawings (architecture, structure, mechanical, electrical), to scale, folded to 8,5” x 14” format, stamped and signed by the appropriate professional (OAQ, OIQ);
  • An inspection report from a licensed professional identifying the presence or absence of asbestos in compliance with the regulation respecting occupational health and safety (S-2.1, r.13);
  • A construction management document, as described under article 69 of By-Law #1300;
  • A preliminary landscaping plan or a letter describing the intent on the subject; the modifications to the site are subject to a distinct permit request;
  • Detailed calculations of the floor areas, separating the existing from the new areas;
  • An official cost estimate, excluding taxes, provided by a general contractor.

This list is a summary. Please note that additional documents or information may be required in order to provide a better understanding of the project and contribute to the request process. (By-Law #1300, article 65, point 14o)

Once you have gathered all the information you can open your file at the Urban Planning Counter in City Hall or open an online application.

  • The fee for the document analysis is 815$; the cost of the permit is separate.
  • The cost of the permit is calculated from the floor areas of the project for any extension.
  • The cost of the permit is calculated from the cost of work for any renovation.
  • All files will be consulted by the Urban Planning Department before they are referred to the Planning Advisory Committee and City Council.
  • The applicant will receive a follow-up via email.

Your file is deferred:

  • If there is still some information missing, you will need to provide it as indicated in the minute.

Your file is recommended for approval:

The following information must be submitted:

  • A complete set of architectural, structural, mechanical and landscaping drawings; folded to 8 1/2’’ x 14’’ (one extra complete set of scaled drawings may be required) and samples of all materials proposed for the exterior must be submitted.
  • All samples for proposed exterior materials.

Your file will be seen at the following Council meeting.

  • Your permit will be issued at city hall.

Information you need to bring:

  • A detailed construction cost, excluding taxes as provided by the general contractor or a project manager (tariffs By-law).
  • All other documentation requested in the minute that need to be deposited prior to issuance of a permit (ex. RBQ form, a site management document, asbestos report, sidewalk deposit, …).

Applies to all exterior changes to a building or property.

Need help with applying for a permit online? Here is a step-by-step guide