Building And Renovations

Permits & Applications

Construction Hours

Monday – Friday; 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Work is not permitted on statutory holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

A permit is required for most work and is essential BEFORE beginning the work to comply with Hampstead’s urban planning by-laws and safety and security standards, while also protecting the collective and individual interests of Town residents.

  • All construction and renovation projects with a value of over $2,000 require a valid permit issued by the Town of Hampstead.
    • A building permit is required for the following work regardless of the estimated cost of the work:
      1. Work affecting the structure of a main building;
      2. Work affecting the exterior appearance of a building;
      3. Construction of a building or accessory structure;
      4. Work relating to private water or sewer lines;
      5. Work on the plumbing or electrical system;
      6. Environmentally responsible construction or renovation projects listed in Sections 34 and 35 of this by-law.
        (Ref. 1004. Art. 45)
  • Homeowners are responsible for getting a permit when necessary.
  • It is strongly recommended to contact the Urban Planning Division in order to validate the need to get a permit for the work you are intending to do.
  • Applying for all permits starts with the Permit Application, which must be completed with all required documents listed below.
  • Only complete applications with all required documents will be processed.
  • Once the application is reviewed by the Urban Planning department, a payment of 75,00$ must be made to process it.

All plans and specifications for the construction, extension or modification of a building under the Architects Act (c. A-21) must be signed (an original signature is required) and sealed by a member of the Ordre des architectes du Québec and accompanied by the architect’s analysis of compliance with the code. Plans and specifications for buildings not subject to the Architects Act (c. A-21) must be appropriately signed by an architectural technologist.

All plans and specifications for foundations, framing, or electrical or mechanical systems must be signed (an original signature is required) and sealed by a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and accompanied by the engineer’s analysis of compliance with the code.
(Ref. 1004 Art 51)

Zoning map (in French only)

Zoning grids (in French only)

The following list shows the most frequent projects along with the necessary documents needed to obtain the permit (other documents may be requested, depending on the project):

***ALL PROJECTS REQUIRE A PERMIT FORM APPLICATION***

What is a demolition? By-law 1009 art. 1.2.4 pages 8 – 22.

Tree planting and felling
(ref 1001 art 159 to 171)
Driveway and/or walkway & Fence or hedge
(ref 1001 art 88 to 90, 94 to 99, 106 to 119)
Installation of a propane reservoir
(ref 1001 art 75)
  • Certificate of location
  • Arborist’s or tree maintenance company report
  • Photographs of the tree to be cut down
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work/fence
  • Site plan of the proposed project & layout
  • Specification sheet
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender
  • Description of the tank and specifics regarding its capacity
  • Site plan of the proposed project & layout
Replacement of doors and windows
(ref 1001 art 36.1 par 6, 53, 56 par 4, 57, 59 and 1003 art 32, 40 par 3 and 4)
Interior renovations
(ref 1003 art 20 to 36 and 38 to 53 and 1010 annexe E section 4)
Foundations repair, pilings
(ref 1001 art 58, 156 and 1003 art 24 to 26, 29, 30 par 3 and art 49)
  • Specifications of the proposed doors and windows
  • Job tender
  • This request must be accompanied (with existing and proposed elevations) by a detailed plan if there is a change in color, size of openings or type of windows
  • Name of the general contractor (demolition and construction)

  • Names of all sub-trades (plumbing, mechanical and electricity) including their RBQ license;

  • Estimate, as well as detailed and ventilated description of the work;

  • Plan(s) in PDF of existing layout showing all elements to be demolished;

  • Plan(s) in PDF of architectural plans showing proposed layout; Signed and stamped by an architect and ‘issued for construction”;

  • Plan(s) in PDF of structural plans for the modification executed, signed and stamped by an engineer and ‘issued for construction”;

  • Plan(s) in PDF of proposed electrical, plumbing and mechanical layouts;
    Specifications of any mechanical equipment being installed ;

  • Permit application form completed;

  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan of the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary)
  • Implantation plan
Pool, spa
(ref 1001 art 84 to 93)
Terrace, balcony, porch
(ref 1001 art 52, 57, 83, 84 par 2 and 3 and art 60 and ref. 1003 art. 25)
Addition, new construction
(ref 1001 art 32, 33, 37, 54 to 63, 66, 68, 186 and 1003 art 20, 21, 23 and 24)
  • Certificate of location (implantation plan, example)
  • Landscaping plan showing the pool and identifying the trees to be cut down, constructions, accessory buildings etc.
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Description of the fence (required by Town by-law)
  • Description of pool enclosure (required by provincial law)
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan locating the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary)
    Example
  • Elevations of the proposed construction, dimensions, heights, cladding materials, etc.
  • Certificate of location, (implantation plan, example)
  • Site plan locating all of the elements installed on the property
  • Architectural plans
  • Structural plans
  • Landscaping plan locating what trees will be cut down/preserved, if necessary
  • Sample board of exterior cladding materials
  • Coloured perspective drawing
Geothermal
(ref 1001 art 79 to 83)
Installation of a garden shed
(ref 1001 art 70)
  • Certificate of location (proposed location of the system)
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Specification sheet
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan locating the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary)
  • Elevations of the proposed construction, dimensions, heights, exterior cladding, etc.
Demolition
(ref 1001 art 186 to 191 and 1003 art 41, 45, 46, 48, 52, 56 and 1009 art 1.2.4, 2.1.3, 3.1.2)
  • Address of the building to be demolished
  • Name, address and telephone number of the homeowner or his/her duly authorized representative, as the case may be
  • Motives supporting the request for a demolition authorization certificate
  • Two (2) copies of the plan showing:
    • Location of the building to be demolished
    • Location and size of any existing structure works and landscaping on the lot
  • Height in meters or stories, gross total of the above ground
  • Floor area and gross total of the floor area of the basement of the building to be demolished
  • Estimate of the costs of the project
  • Two (2) different recent photographs of the building to be demolished
  • Description of the conditions in which the demolition will take place
  • Demolition work schedule and date municipal services are to be cut off
  • Proof of civil liability insurance obtained specifically for this purpose by the applicant
  • Written notice from the applicant discharging the Town from any liability in this regard
  • Measures to be taken to relocate the tenants, if there are any or date at which the building will become vacant, as the case may be
  • Preliminary program for reuse of the land freed up by the demolition, including the necessary plans to ensure compliance with by-law
  • The number of the Application to the PAC
  • Payment of applicable fees for a demolition permit
  • When required by the Director, report on the state of the building, prepared by an architect or a structural engineer, at the expense of the applicant
Roof repairExterior wall cladding
(ref 1001 art 50 and 1003 art 30)
  • Job tender
  • Specification sheet
  • Job tender
  • Specification sheet
  • Elevation drawings of existing and proposed facades
  • Samples

Request to the Planning Advisory Committee (expansion, addition, new construction): $300

Demolition: $725

Minor exemption request: $900

Permit fees: Minimum cost: $130

Street rental: $100 per parking space up to 20 feet on the public right-of-way (per day)

Security deposit

For all new construction: $5,000

Major expansion work (more than 40m2) or transformation of the building: $5,000

Installation of a geothermal system: $2,000

Land decontamination: $2,000

Driveways and retaining walls: $1,000

Minor expansion (less than 40m2): $1,000

Landscaping: $1,000

Pools (installation, removal, modifications, etc.): $1,000

Work on the front façade: $500

Porches, concrete stairs and walkways: $500

French drains and foundation/pile repairs: $500

Connection to municipal services: $500

Tank removal: $500

Water meters (for each meter): $3,000

TREE REPLACEMENT (by-law 1001, article 166): minimum of $600 per tree

The “Request for copies of Architectural plans” must be completed, an electronic invoice of 75.00$ will be sent and must be paid in order to obtain copies of plans kept in the Town of Hampstead’s Urban Planning Archives. You will be contacted when the plan copies are received.

*Note that, the “Authorization from owner (Proxy)” section of the form must be filled and signed by the owner, should the request for plan copies be made by someone other than the owner of the property.

A minor exemption request begins with an application made on the Request for a Minor Exemption Form to the Urban Planning and Building Inspections Department, clearly explaining why a minor exemption is being requested and what prejudices exist. In addition, two (2) sets of plans and a non-reimbursable application fee equal to $ 900 for the study of the application and the publication of the public notice.

(Applicants whose requests are refused will be reimbursed an amount equal to $400 upon receipt of a letter withdrawing said request, and this, before the public notice is published.)

Anyone other than the property owner requesting a minor exemption requires written authorization from the property owner.

At least 15 days prior to the meeting where the Town Council shall rule on the application, a notice will be published in a local newspaper stating:

  • When the request will be presented to Council for consideration;
  • That any interested person may be heard by the Town Council in relation to the application.

The Director of the Urban Planning and Building Inspections, presents the request to the PAC for review at a monthly closed-door Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. The PAC is a working group consisting of two (2) Town Council members and five (5) residents with an expertise in architecture and urban planning. Some projects may be required to be submitted for acceptance before the obtention of a construction permit. The group examines projects and makes recommendations to the Council when individuals put up a new building, want to expand or make modifications to the exterior facades or want to demolish a building.

PAC document requirements

Calendar 2022

After due consideration at the public meeting, Council will take a decision concerning the minor exemption request. The applicant will receive a copy of the resolution from the Town Clerk and, if the response is favourable, they can complete their request for a building permit, subdivision permit, or certificate of authorization by submitting the necessary plans to the Urban Planning and Building Inspections Department.

2022 Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)

Chairman 
Vice Chairman 
Members5 Hampstead citizen members known for their expertise in architecture and urban planning.
SecretaryDirector – Urban Planning and Building Inspections, Secretary of the Committee

2022 Demolition Committee

Regular MembersReplacing Member
  

***Please note that due to social distancing measures, permit requests, architectural plans copies requests, and documents must be attached to the request. Permits issued via email. Payments by credit card, via secure email.***

For further information regarding permit and certificates fees, please refer to By-Law 1010 Annex E – Town Planning and Building Inspection.

Please call Urban Planning 514-369-8200, ext. 6438 for further information.

Before Digging

Be sure to contact Info-Excavation:

Telephone: 514-286-9228

Website: http://www.info-ex.com/

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