When thinking about a renovation you always have to think about getting a permit from the city or borough you live in.
Certain rules might apply in certain area and won't in others.
It is necessary to obtain a permit before you undertake construction work, indoor or outdoor renovations or building demolition. By issuing a permit, the Borough is able to verify that the work is in compliance with the regulations in force in order to ensure public safety and quality of life. So it is your way of ensuring your contractor did the work correctly.
Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Anjou, Côte-des-Neiges, NDG, LaSalle, Lachine, Plateau Mont-Royal, Sud-Ouest, Ile Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, Mercier, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Rivière-des-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray, St-Michel and Parc Extension.
The first step is to contact the city to get information about your project and visit your cities website to find out if you need a permit.
1- Have some plans draw by an architect and/or an engineer
2- Get a quote from a General Contractor to declare the price of the work to be done
3- Bring your Localisation certificate
4- If someone else is going for you, you will need a procuration
5- Photos of your property
6- Payment, due on the day of your request.
*The delivery of your permit can take time. You might even have to go in front of the CCU if you live in a heritage area. Calculate a minimum of 4 weeks for your permit, but it can over 3 months.
Here is the link for more information: City of Montreal
A permit is not required to carry out some maintenance, repair or replacement work that does not have an impact on public safety. If your building is a heritage, other regulations might apply.
The exceptions are described on the following link:
Here is the list of Work that DOESN'T REQUIRE a permit:
1- Replacement of kitchen of bathroom cupboards, sinks, taps and bathrooms
2- Interior doors in a dwelling unit, except if located in a fire separation
3- Electrical heating system or natural gas
4- Exterior facing: Occasional repairs or maintenance
5- Roofing: Replace a flat roof membrane
6- Foundation and Foundation drains
7- Heat pump and air conditioners
10- Sheds and dependencies
11- Parking spaces
12- Balconies, stairs and decks
12- Pools, whirlpool baths and hot tubs
While the work described above may be carried out without a permit, the applicable regulations in force must be observed. Otherwise, you will be subject to a fine.
Finding our way through all this information can sometime be overwhelming.
General Contractor can also of great help to help you navigate through this maze, for all renovation in all the boroughs of the island of Montreal.
Lineaire General Contractor has over 25 years of experience in the field and can guide you through every steps, no matter what borough you live in.
Visit their website and give them a call to get your project started!