Requirement to obtain a permit or a certificate
The municipal requirement that residents obtain a permit or a certificate for any project that they undertake is based on the need to ensure compliance with its planning By-Laws (e.g. zoning, construction and subdivision). Issuance of the permits and certificates is the basic way of checking on how land is being developed in the Municipality.
Thus, a person who intends to build or use land or a building in the Municipality must check with the planning department to obtain a permit and/or certificate and to find out what requirements it has to meet.
A permit or a certificate of authorization is more than a mere formality. It is your guarantee of:
- proper placement of uses and constructions;
- safe construction work that complies with municipal standards; and
- avoidance of errors that could compromise the safety or legality of a project that could result in avoidable costs or unpleasantness.
You have to pay to have your permit application processed. You will receive an invoice for the appropriate fees. This is not a permit, and does not represent the authorization to begin the work. Afterwards, the building inspector will review your permit application and get back to you within forty-five (45) days after all of the pertinent documents have been submitted as to whether your plans comply with requirements. Be sure to factor this extra time into your plans. If your application is found to comply with the applicable By-Law, a permit will be issued, and must be posted so that it is visible from the road.
Applying for a Permit
What is the purpose of a permit?
When it delivers a permit, the Municipality ensures that the work being done within its territory complies with the laws and By-Laws in force. This means of control will enable the Municipality to develop its territory in a harmonious and sustainable manner.
Do I need a permit to carry out my project?
Several types of work done on properties require a permit or certificate of authorization, for instance:
How long does it take to issue these?
- construction projects
- renovation projects
- cutting down trees
- installing a pool,
- installing a fence, wall or hedge,
- excavation or filling, etc
- However, some work does not require a permit, only compliance with the By-Law in force. In order to determine whether your work requires a permit or an authorization, we recommend that you check with the planning department.
If it turns out that a permit is required, you should also find out how long it will take. Depending on the season, the application of a By-Law under the architectural implementation and integration program or other factors, the timeline for issuing a permit may vary, and should be taken into consideration when planning your project.
How to apply for a permit?
You can print the form which relates to your project among the PDF file application forms at the end of this page. We invite you to complete it and to join the required documents to accelerate the process. You can post or bring your application for permit to the city hall.
For a new construction, a major renovation, a septic installation or for a well, we recommend booking an appointment with the Town Planning Department (819 242 8762, ext. 3100). We are available to meet you on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
- New construction with septic and well