The City of Westmount supports and promotes the economic development of its commercial arteries by offering services to help businesses become established in the community. In 2017, the City undertook a project in collaboration with the consulting firm Artères to help develop and promote its commercial arteries.
In Westmount, businesses are concentrated in two neighbourhoods – Greene Avenue and Victoria Village – with both easily accessible by public transportation. These pedestrian-friendly and human-scale shopping districts are also known for their heritage architecture and modern street design.
Located in the eastern part of the City, close to the Atwater métro, the Greene Avenue area is lively with pedestrian traffic, particularly between Ste-Catherine and Sherbrooke streets. The district is known for its collection of unique boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and an array of professional services.
Towards the west end of the City, the Victoria Village includes Sherbrooke Street between Grosvenor and Claremont Avenues, as well as Victoria Avenue between De Maisonneuve Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street. Its proximity to parks and municipal facilities makes the village a busy community hub and gathering place. It features a variety of boutiques, restaurants, galleries, grocery stores and professional services, as well as a hardware store, bakery and art centre. The district is close to Vendôme metro and is served by several bus routes.
Municipal services for the business sector
Urban planning and permits
Anyone wishing to occupy a building for commercial or professional use must obtain a certificate of occupancy. You must go to the Urban Planning Department where a form to fill will be provided.
The following fees apply:
- Permanent certificate of occupancy – $200
- Temporary certificate of occupancy – $50
- Temporary certificate of occupancy by an NPO – No fees
Urban Planning Department | 4333, Sherbrooke Street West | 514 989-5219
If you are planning any renovation or construction work on your property, you or your professional must ensure compliance with any existing applicable by-laws and obtain the necessary permit or certificate before you begin the work. Use the link below to find out the information required by the City to apply for a permit to carry out the specific work you are planning.
The design of storefronts and signage should harmonize with the architectural design of the buildings in which they are located and should reinforce the distinctive, traditional character of Westmount’s shopping streets.
Businesses that wish to perform plumbing work must deal with a plumbing contractor. The contractor must contact Westmount’s Plumbing Inspector (514 989-5348) to obtain a permit.
The Westmount property tax rate for non-residential properties $3.0531 per 100 $ of evaluation.
The City of Westmount has established rules pertaining to contract management with a view to promoting transparency, fairness, integrity and sound contract management. The Policy also promotes competition with a view to obtaining the best possible prices, while specifically taking into consideration the quality of goods and services offered, delivery deadlines and supplier reliability. Consult the full text of the policy and the tenderer’s declaration below:
If you would like to offer your services or products to the City of Westmount, please fill in the information on the online form. This information will permit the Purchasing Division to contact you, according to the needs of the City, for the submission of bids.
You can receive your Hydro bill by email; fill in the online form or contact Hydro Customer Service at 514 925-1414.
You may also pay in person by cash, cash, cheque or Interac at Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St. W.
Westmount Public Safety
The Public Safety Department assists in securing the protection of the Westmount community, enforces municipal by-laws, provides support services to the Montreal Fire Safety Department (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal) and to the Emergency Measures Organisation. The department also enhances the crime prevention program. The members of the Public Safety Department provide Westmount with a uniformed 24-hour patrol service, in vehicles equipped with emergency equipment. More >>
SPVM Neighbourhood Station 12: 514 280-2222
SSIM Station 76: 514 280-0874
The security registry allows the city of Westmount to get in touch with companies and individuals in case of an emergency. The Public Security Department invites you to provide certain information by filling out the online form.
The City of Westmount offers a weekly door to door collection of cardboard and paper for small to medium size businesses, located in the commercial sectors of Greene Ave., Ste. Catherine, Victoria and Sherbrooke Street West.
Collection is every Tuesday starting at 10:00 a.m. Properly prepared material is collected directly from the place of business via the laneway or curbside for those who do not have access to the public laneway. More >>
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