Occupancy certificate for the use of a new building/unit or a Café-Terrace

Gather all mandatory documents listed in step 2, prior to completing the online form; otherwise the file opening will be denied.

Required documents for review:

Commercial Occupancy Certificate

New business, change of ownership, change of business name or modification of floor space

  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the certificate application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A key plan showing the location of the commercial business, if there are several businesses in one building;
  • A completed application form (see Step 3).

Residential Occupancy Certificate

New construction of a house, condo or apartment building/units

  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the certificate application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A completed application form (see Step 3).

Temporary Occupancy Certificate

Pop-up shop, temporary event (on private or on public domain)

  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the certificate application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A letter describing the event, location, date, hours of operation;
  • A dimensioned and scaled site plan including specifications of structures (tent, table, chairs, stage, etc.), if applicable;
  • Fire rating specifications for the tent, if applicable;
  • A completed application form (see Step 3).

Café-Terrace on a private domain for a commercial business

  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the certificate application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A dimensioned and scaled site plan showing details of the terrace, chairs, tables, property lines, garbage can, etc.;
  • A completed application form (see Step 3).

Café-Terrace on public domain for a commercial business

  • A letter from the building owner authorizing the certificate application, if the request is made by a third party;
  • A dimensioned and scaled site plan showing details of the terrace, chairs, tables, property lines, garbage can, etc. in relation to sidewalk and street;
  • The liability insurance form, signed by a representative from a financial institution, mentioning the city of Westmount as an additional insurer;
  • Liability disclaimer;
  • A completed application form.

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)

TYPE OF CERTIFICATE Fees
New residential construction (condos, house)
  • Permanent certificate of occupancy
$200
Rental space for commercial or professional use
  • Permanent certificate of occupancy
$200
  • Temporary certificate of occupancy
$50
Temporary events
  • Temporary certificate of occupancy
$50
  • Temporary certificate of occupancy by a non-profit organization (NPO)
$0
Café terrace private
  • Temporary certificate of authorization for use of the private domain by a café-terrace
$25 – application fees;
$25 – Permit fees
Café terrace public
  • Temporary certificate of occupancy use of the public domain by a café-terrace
$25 – application fees;
$25 – Permit fees

Once you have gathered all the information, you are now ready to complete and send the application form.

  • There is no fee for the document analysis; the cost of the permit is separate
  • Weekly deadline for submission: Tuesday before 4 p.m.
  • The application will be reviewed in the meeting of the Board of Inspections on Thursday;
  • The minute of the meeting will be communicated via email to the applicant.

Your certificate will be issued at City Hall.

Costs:

  • Commercial Occupancy Certificate: $200;
  • Residential Occupancy Certificate: $200;
  • Temporary Occupancy Certificate: $50
  • Café-terrace Occupancy Certificate on private domain for a commercial business: $10/chair (minimum $40)
  • Café-terrace Occupancy Certificate on public domain for a commercial business : $50/m2/day or $4.69/ft2/day

Applies to all exterior changes to a building or property.

Good Neighbour Practices

We recognize that construction may result in temporary inconveniences, so we ask that you work with us to minimize disruptions. Being a good neighbour when you build can save you time and money in the end.