New Buildings and Extensions

Your project is subject to the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Program (SPAIP) by-law and must be approved by City Council.

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 copy of a recent certificate of location, showing the current conditions of the property;
  • Clear and coulor photographs of the existing property as well as a street view showing the adjacent properties;
  • A complete set of preliminary architectural drawings, scaled and dimensioned, 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,
    • A roof plan,
    • An elevation of each façade,
    • A street scape elevation including the neighbouring buildings, to demonstrate integration into the context,
    • Longitudinal and transverse sections,
    • A topographic study, if the terrain is rugged.
  • Clear and coulor photographs of a sample of main exterior materials to demonstrate integration;
  • 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.)

Additional documents that may be required for final analysis, after favorable screening:

  • 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;
  • Clear and coulor photographs of all exterior materials samples that were not previously presented;
  • A complete set of working drawings (architecture, structure, mechanical, electrical), to scale, folded to a 8,5” x 14” format, stamped and signed by the appropriate professional (OAQ, OIQ);
  • 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;
  • 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. 

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$ for new buildings; the cost of the permit is separate.
  • The cost of the permit is calculated from the floor areas of the project.
  • 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.

Even if the permit has been authorized, it is not automatically issued. The permit must be paid for and certain documents must be submitted.

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, …).