Landscaping authorization certificate

Projects involving soil excavation, cutting down trees, planting hedges or trees, putting up a fence or wall, earthworks, or building off-street parking is prohibited without an authorization certificate, unless these projects are carried out simultaneously with the construction, transformation, repair or expansion of a building or addition thereto.
(By-law 808 – Permits and certificates, article 41)

How to obtain an authorization certificate for a landscaping work

To obtain a certificate authorizing landscaping work, you must complete the attached form, take note of current municipal by-laws and attach the required documents, including the fee for payment of said certificate, submitting your entire file to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspections Department (see "Permit application - Documents required" in Downloads at the left of the page).

The Town of Rosemère’s urban planning by-laws are available upon request by telephone at 450 621-3500, ext. 1238 or by email at:

The cost of an authorization certificate for landscaping work is $50

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

Standards applicable to off-street parking areas

Field of application and general rule

The standards set forth in this sub-section apply to all new constructions and any new occupancy of a building. In the case of the expansion of a use or building, these standards apply only to the expansion.

The standards set forth in this sub-section have a ongoing mandatory nature and prevail as long as the use or construction remains.

Location of off-street parking areas

Off-street parking areas must be located on the same property as the use for which the permit is requested.

An off-street parking area must not be located less than 1 metre from the front property line. The parking area must also be located at least 1&Nbsp;metre from other property lines. This one (1) metre strip must be landscaped with natural grass, shrubs and/or a hedge.

The off-street parking area must not be located in the part of the front yard facing the front wall of the main building. Notwithstanding his measure, an encroachment into the part of the main building’s front yard is authorized when it faces the entrance to an indoor garage. In addition, for each unit in a complex of attached single-family homes, duplexes or triplexes, with the exception of units located at the ends of these complexes, an encroachment not exceeding half the width of a unit’s front wall is authorized. Accesses must be perpendicular to the front line with each two (2) units joined. In the case of a multi-family complex, the off-street parking must be located at the rear of the building.

Not with standing this measure, for single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes, a parking area’s encroachment on the front of the building is permitted to a maximum width of 2 metres.

Shared parking area

An authorized off-street parking area can also be shared, in compliance with the standards set forth in this section.

Distance of the off-street parking area from a residential building

An off-street parking area must not be located less than 2 metres from the front wall of a semi-detached single-family home, duplex or multi-family dwelling.

Construction of an off-street parking area

Off-street parking areas must be built as follows:

  • The off-street parking area and access lanes must be paved or otherwise covered to prevent the lifting of dust or the formation of mud. The construction of more ecological parking areas, including the installation of driving lanes, structural grass and permeable pavers is authorized if the installation is carried out by the book, in compliance with recognized standards. Non-decorative ¾” gravel or similar is specifically prohibited.

Required number of parking stalls

The minimum number of off-street parking stalls required for each type of "Housing (H)" usage classes is 1.5 stall per housing unit.

Standards applicable to driveways

Number of driveways

The number of driveways is limited to two (2), even if the lot is bounded by more than one public road.

Minimum distance from an intersection

A driveway must not be located less than 6 metres from the intersection of two streets with a 15-metre right-of-way and less than 7.5 metres from the intersection of two streets, one of which has a right-of-way of 20 metres or more, or from a road under provincial jurisdiction.

Minimum distance from a side property line

A driveway must be located at least 1 metre from the side property line. This one (1) metre strip must be landscaped with natural grass, shrubs and/or a hedge.

Minimum distance between driveways on the same property

There must be a minimum distance of 6 metres between driveways on the same property.

Slope of driveways

The slope of a driveway must not be less than 1% nor greater than 10%. The slope must not start less than 1 metre from the street line.Driveways must be built so as to allow surface water to run towards public systems designed for this purpose.

Width of driveways

The maximum width of driveways for residential use is 7.5 metres.

Street semi-circular driveways

Semi-circular driveways are permitted under the following conditions:

  • A corner or angled lot. A semi-circular driveway on a corner or angled lot can only be built on one side of the lot.

  • Minimum space between driveway entrances. The minimum space between a circular driveway’s entrances is 6 metres and a storm ditch must be built between the entrances. The 6-metre space between the two (2) entrances must be landscaped with a minimum of greenery and natural grass.

  • Width of the driveway. The minimum width of a semi-circular driveway is 7.5 metres.

Installation of fences and walls

You can download "Fence and wall form" at the left of the page. 

  • No wall or fence can be built or erected along the edge of the street, unless it is 1.5 metres or more from the public sidewalk, 3 metres or more from the edge of the street if there is no public sidewalk, and 4 metres or more from existing or planned pavement, when there is no public sidewalk or edge of the street.

  • When the distance between the property line and the edge of the street or public sidewalk is less that stipulated in the preceding paragraph, erecting a fence or wall is permitted, provided said fence or wall is located 0.3 metres or more inside the property line and 0.9 metres or more from the existing or proposed public sidewalk or edge of the street.

Height of fences and walls

The height of a fence or wall measured from the adjacent ground level must not exceed the following heights:

  • 1.2 metres in the case of a fence erected in the front yard.
  • 1.8 metres in the case of a fence erected in a side or backyard.
  • 1.2 metres in the case of a wall.

Calculating the height of a fence or wall takes into account the average level of the natural ground of the building concerned or affected.

A fence or wall must not be built or erected on a mound, hillock or knoll. If it is not possible to erect the fence outside the mound, hillock or knoll, the height of the fence or wall must not exceed 1.25 metres.

In the case of corner lots, the front-yard fence that gives on the side of the house can be higher than 1.2 metres but must not exceed 1.5 metres. In this case, landscaping must be planned (addition of a hedge or planting of shrubs every 2.5 metres). This vegetation must be at least 0.6 metre in height when planted and measure at least 1 metre high at maturity.

Fence of wall materials and the way in which the are assembled

  • Except in the case of split-rail fencing, a wood fence must be made of new planed wood, painted or weatherproofed. The use of plywood, corrugated panels and particleboard is prohibited.

  • A metal fence must be ornamental and rust-free. Chain link fences are prohibited in the front yard unless they are concealed from the street by a hedge.

  • A fence must be strongly anchored to the ground and must consist of fixed elements. Spacing between posts must not exceed 3 metres.

  • A wall must consist of natural stone, bricks, architectural concrete blocks or concrete blocks with an exposed or grooved aggregate surface.

  • A wall must be stable and present no risk of collapse.

  • A fence or wall must have a uniform combination of materials.

  • A fence, wall or hedge must be maintained in good condition.

  • The use of barbed wire, snow fencing, metal sheeting or any similar material is prohibited.

  • A chain link fence must have a tubular frame and crossbar. The use of T-posts and wire on the top part is prohibited unless the fence is concealed by a hedge.

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