Construction permit

No project calling for the construction, transformation, repair, or expansion of a building, or an addition thereto can be carried out with first obtaining a construction permit.

A construction permit is required for any renovation to a building, or construction, if the cost of the work exceeds $1,500.

Regardless of the cost of the work, a permit is required for the removal or construction of walls, partitions, portions of walls or partitions, the removal or sectioning of beams, joists or other supports, for the removal, moving or blocking of stairs, exits or walls, or any change to existing exterior materials.

Any construction likely to alter the water regime, hinder the free flow of water during flood periods, disturb wildlife and plant habitats, imperil the safety of persons or property, or is located in a floodplain, is prohibited without a construction permit.

Furthermore, any construction that is likely to destroy or alter riverbank vegetation, expose the soil, affect the stability of, or encroach on the littoral zone, is prohibited without a construction permit. (By-law 808 – Permits and certificates, article 27)


How to obtain a new construction permit

For information regarding the construction of a new commercial building, please contact the Town of Rosemère’s Urban Planning, Permits and Inspections Department.

The Town of Rosemère’s urban planning by-laws are available upon request by email at: ablais@ville.rosemere.qc.ca.


Permit applications


How to obtain a renovation permit

To obtain a permit for the renovation or refitting of commercial premises, take note of current municipal by-laws, attach the required documents along with the fee for payment of the permit (see "Permit application - Documents required" in Downloads at the left of the page), submitting your entire file to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspections Department.

The Town of Rosemère’s urban planning by-laws are available upon request by email at: ablais@ville.rosemere.qc.ca.

In addition to complying with current municipal by-laws, the work must comply with the Architects Act and Engineers Act.

You can also use the "Fence and wall form" in Downloads at the left of the page.

Fee
Cost of a renovation permit is set at $50 for the first $5,000 of the cost of the work, plus $4 for each additional $1,000 of work (maximum cost of a permit is $5,000).

*Payment by cheque, cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard) or debit card.


SPAIP

The objectives and criteria of the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Program (SPAIP) apply to all commercial uses when applying for a permit for a new construction, expansion, renovation altering the exterior appearance, or an addition to, or modification of an existing terrace.

Fee
Cost for studying a project subject to SPAIP criteria is $125.

*Payment by cheque, credit card (Visa, MasterCard) or debit card.




Gazebos, booths, arbours or pergolas are authorized in secondary front yards, side yards and backyards only.

The total surface area of accessory buildings and structures must not exceed 20% of the lot’s surface area. Accessory buildings and structures included in this percentage are: detached garages, sheds, pools, porches, balconies, hot tubs, sidewalk around the pool, gazebos, pergolas, arbours and private greenhouses (does not include walkways, driveways and the walkway at the building’s entrance).

General

Booths, arbours, gazebos or pergolas isolated from the main building are authorized, as accessory structures, in all "Housing (H)" usage classes.

Maximum number

Only one booth or one arbour or one gazebo or one pergola can be put up on a lot.

Installation

The side and rear setbacks established for a booth, arbour, gazebo or pergola are a minimum of 2 metres. An accessory structure of this type can be put up in the secondary front yard, provided the setback from the secondary front yard’s property line is 2 metres. The structure must be hidden from viewby a protective screen such as an opaque fence, thick hedge or any other form of vegetation ensuring that it cannot be seen from the street.

Maximum height

The height cannot exceed 3 metres.

Maximum surface area

The maximum surface area is 18 square metres.

Patios are authorized only in secondary front yards side yards and backyards.The total surface area of accessory buildings and structures must not exceed 20% of the lot’s surface area.

Accessory buildings and structures included in this percentage are: detached garages, sheds, pools, porches, balconies, hot tubs, sidewalk around the pool, gazebos, pergolas, arbours and private greenhouses (does not include walkways, driveways and the walkway at the building’s entrance).

General

Patios are authorized, as accessory structures, in all "Housing (H)" usage classes.

Maximum surface area

Patios made of concrete, wood or other materials must occupy less than 10% of the lot’s surface area.

Installation

A patio’s side and rear setbacks is established at a minimum of 1 metre. The minimum required side setback does not apply to shared properties for duplexes, row housing, and/or comprehensive developments. A patio built in a secondary front yard must be positioned 2 metres from the property line of the secondary front yard.

Pools are authorized in secondary front yards as well as side and rear yards only.

The total surface area of accessory buildings and structures must not exceed 20% of the lot’s surface area. Accessory buildings and structures included in this percentage are: detached garages, sheds, pools, patios, porches, balconies, hot tubs, sidewalk around the pool, gazebos, pergolas, arbours and private greenhouses (does not include walkways, driveways and the walkway at the building’s entrance).

General

Pools are authorized, as accessory structures, in all "Housing (H)" usage classes.

Maximum number

Only one pool can be built on a lot.

Installation

  • A pool’s side and rear setbacks are established at a minimum of 2 metres measured from the wall of the pool to the property line. In the event that there are underground public utility pipes (sewer, waterworks, electricity), the setback must be established from this servitude. A pool installed in the secondary front yard must be located at least 2 metres from the property lines, whilerespecting this by-law’s other applicable standards.

  • The side and rear setbacks can be reduced to 1.5 metres for attached or semi-detached housing units. However, no structure such as decks and patios can encroach on this setback.

  • When there is an overhead servitude, the pool can be installed from the property line without the pool or its structures encroaching in the servitude.
  • All pool accessories (diving board, slide, sidewalk, etc.) must be at least 1.5 metres from the property line.

  • The distance between a pool and the main building must be at least equal to the depth of the pool but must be no less than 1.5 metres.

  • However, a pool can be closer to a main building if an engineer has certified that its location will not weaken the sturdiness of the adjacent building and the walls of the pool have been calculated taking into account the additional load created by the adjacent building.

  • No pool may occupy more than one third (1/3) of the surface area of the yard where it is built.

Arrangement

An in-ground pool must be entirely surrounded by a sidewalk covered by or built from a skid-proof material. It must be at least 1 metre wide and located at least 1 metre from any property line without encroaching on an underground servitude.

Fence

  • An in-ground or above-ground pool less than 1.2 metres high must be protected by a fence measuring at least 1 metre high from the ground and must comply with the standards for fences and walls contained in this by-law.

  • The clearance between the ground and the bottom of the fence must not exceed 0.1 metre.

  • The fence must be rigid and built from good quality materials. It must be built from one of the following materials: treated wood (new), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), galvanized steel with a baked enamel coating, and tempered or laminated safety glass meeting CAN/CGSB-12.1-M standards. All types of canvas are prohibited in the construction of a fence. The fence must consist of vertical parts with no more than 0.1 metre spacing between them. In the case of a chain link fences, gaps in the framework must not exceed 0.05 metre.

  • The fence must be at least 1.2 metres from the pool’s outer wall. A 1.2 metre raised patio with an edge of 0.8 to 0.9 metre and entirely surrounding an above-ground pool can replace the fence required in the previous paragraph, provided access to the pool is properly protected.

  • The fence must be built simultaneously with the construction or installation of the pool. The fence must be installed withinproperty lines provided it completely encloses the perimeter of the space reserved for the pool. A wall forming part of the perimeter must not have a opening allowing direct access to the pool.

  • The fence must not have elements, supports and openings placed between 0.1 metre and 0.9 metre above the level of the adjacent ground. The fence must be a permanent installation and must not have a detachable or removable part that could dismantle it.

  • The fence must be fitted with a device automatically closing and locking the gate. This device must be positioned out of the range of children and installed on the inside of the fence.

Access equipment

Equipment providing access to above-ground pools, such as ladders steps, ramps or terraces, must be removable or designed so as to prevent access in periods when the pool is not in use.

Water drainage system

Pool water must be drained exclusively into the storm sewer, if there is one.

Pool filters

  • A pool filter can only be installed in the rear or side yard when that is the pool’s location. A pool filter can be located in the secondary front yard only if that is where the pool is located.

  • The side and rear setbacks for a pool located in the rear or side yard must be at least 2 metres. The side, rear and front setbacks for a pool located in the secondary front yard must be at least 2 metres.

  • The unit must be located at least 1 metre from the pool or the fence that surrounds it.

  • The unit must be concealed by a protective screen whose composition must comply with measures set forth in sub-section 5 of this chapter.

  • The protective screen installed must prevent any noise, as per measures contained in the quality of life by-law currently in effect.

Lifesaving materials and equipment

A pool must have the following lifesaving equipment easily accessible at all times:

  • An insulated or non-conductive rod at least 0.3 metre longer than half the width or diameter of the pool.
  • A buoy attached to a cable at least equal in length to the width or diameter of the pool.

Lighting system

A pool used after sunset must have a lighting system making it possible to see the bottom of the pool in its entirety.

Uses, works and constructions authorized in a zone subject to flooding (recurrence: 0-20 years)

The construction or installation of an above-ground and/or in-ground pool for residential use is authorized in keeping with the following conditions:

  • it can occupy no more than 10% of the surface area of the lot.

  • there can be no excavation and/or backfilling except for the construction of an in-ground pool requiring materials to be removed from the floodplain.

  • An in-ground pool’s structure must comply with protection standards and construction plans must be approved by an engineer. A certificate of compliance prepared by an engineer must be provided to the Town once work has been completed.

Hot tubs are authorized in secondary front yards, side yards and backyards only.The total surface area of accessory buildings and structures must not exceed 20% of the lot’s surface area.

Accessory buildings and structures included in this percentage are: detached garages, garden sheds, pools, patios, porches, balconies, hot tubs, sidewalks around the pool, gazebo, pergola, arbour and private greenhouses (does not include walkways, driveways and walkways at the entrance of the building).

General

Hot tubs are authorized, as accessory constructions, in all "Housing (H)" usage classes.

Maximum number

Only one hot tub per lot is authorized.

Installation

  • A hot tub’s side and rear setbacks must be at least 2 metres measured from the wall of the hot tub to the property line. In the event that there are underground public utility pipes (sewer, waterworks, electricity), the setback must be established from this easement.

  • The side and rear setbacks can be reduced to 1.5 metres for attached or semi-detached housing units. However, no structure such as decks and patios can encroach on this setback.

  • In the case of an aboveground easement, a hot tub must be installed in compliance with the setback established in paragraph a) without encroachment of the hot tub or its alternating structures in the easement.

  • No hot tub can occupy more than one third (1/3) of the surface area of the yard in which it is installed.

Safety

  • All hot tubs must include a rigid lid fitted with a lock to keep it securely closed and covering the entire hot tub when the latter is not in use.

  • Notwithstanding the above, when the hot tub is integrated in a building that makes it possible to limit access, the rigid lid is not required. However, any opening in this building’s wall must be more than 2 metres from any property line.

Air conditioning units and heat pumps are authorized in secondary front yards, side yards and backyards only.

The level of noise emitted by a heat pump, air conditioning unit or pool filter must not exceed 50 dBA at the property line.

General

An air conditioning unit and a heat pump are authorized, as accessory equipment, in all "Housing (H)" usage classes.

Installation

The rear setback must be at least 6 metres and the side setback at least 3 metres. Installation is also permitted in the secondary front yard, provided it complies with a minimum set back of 3 metres from the easement and 6 metres from the back property line. In the case of row housing or attached or semi-detached housing, the side setback established is at 2 metres.

Without limiting the measures contained in the previous paragraph, the air conditioning unit or heat pump installed in the side yard or secondary front yard must be concealed by a protective screen such as an opaque fence, thick hedge or other form of vegetation ensuring that the equipment is not visible from the street.

Garden sheds are authorized in side and backyards only.

Accessory buildings and structures are subject to the following general measures:

  • In all cases, a main building must be on a lot in order for an accessory building or structure to be installed.

  • Any accessory building or structure must be located on the same lot as the main purpose it serves.

  • An accessory building and structure cannot become a main building or main use unless it complies with urban planning by-laws.

  • Unless otherwise stipulated, a single accessory building or structure of each type is allowed on a given lot and must comply with other applicable standards, with the exception of porches, balconies and patios.

  • The total surface area of accessory buildings and structures must not exceed 20% of the surface area of the lot. Accessory buildings and structures included in this percentage are: detached garages, garden sheds, pools, patios, porches, balconies, hot tubs, sidewalks around pools, gazebos, pergolas, arbours and private greenhouses (does not include walkways, driveways and walkways at the front of the building).

  • An accessory building or structure must be installed outside a public utility easement.

  • No accessory building can have more than one storey and must at no time serve as an animal shelter.

  • The height of an accessory building must not exceed the height of the main building.

  • All accessory buildings and structures must be clean, well maintained and have no dilapidated or dismantled part.

General

A shed isolated from the main building is authorized, as an accessory building, for a single family home or duplex.

Maximum number

Only one shed can be put up on a lot.

Maximum surface area

The surface area of a shed must not exceed 14 square metres. However, the shed can have a maximum surface area of 17 square metres if the main building is a duplex.

Dimensions

  • The height of a shed must not exceed 3 metres. However, this height can be increased to 3.75 metres if the shed is built to fully respect the architecture of the main building.

  • The width of the shed must not be less than half of the depth, nor can it be greater than double.

Installation

  • The distance between an isolated shed and the property line must not be less than 1 metre. An accessory building’s projection on the ground must not be less than 0.6 metres from the property line.

  • The distance between an isolated shed and the main building must not be less than 3 metres.

  • A shed located less than 1.8 metres from the property line must not have an opening looking out on said property line.

Twinned sheds

Twinned sheds are permitted in the case of semi-detached buildings, provided their architecture and exterior covering materials are identical.

Uses, structures and buildings authorized in floodplain zones (recurrence: 0-20 years)

Building or putting up a shed or garage is authorized under the following conditions:

  • The accessory building must not have a foundation.

  • There must be no excavation and/or backfilling.

  • The accessory building must be placed on the existing ground, without anchoring, foundation, excavation and/or backfilling.

  • The total surface area of accessory buildings, including detached garage and shed, located in the floodplain, does not exceed 30 square metres.

For a garage attached to the building, please consult the Planning, Permits and Inspections Department.

See the leaflet in the downloadable documents for more information on garage regulations.



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