Westmount : Permits and Regulations | Floor Sanding and Renovation

Westmount : Permits and Regulations | Floor Sanding and Renovation

Practical Guide for Your Flooring Projects in Westmount

Regulations and Permits: What You Need to Know

The Importance of a Construction Permit

For any flooring project in Westmount, understanding the necessity of obtaining a construction permit is crucial. This legal document is indispensable for starting your work, whether it involves new construction, modification, repair, or additions to an existing building. Exterior changes such as windows, doors, stairs, balconies, as well as certain interior works like adding or removing floors require a permit. However, tasks like painting, re-pointing masonry, or replacing woodwork do not require a permit if the materials used are identical to the originals.

Landscaping and Demolition Works

Landscaping projects including the installation of fences, hedges, retaining walls, terraces, or parking area modifications also require a permit. Similarly, a demolition permit is mandatory before demolishing a building.

Before You Start: Advice and Guidelines

It is highly recommended to obtain your permit before signing a contract or ordering materials. The City of Westmount offers advice to guide you through this process. Moreover, to preserve the environmental and architectural quality of Westmount, each permit application is carefully reviewed. The city has developed specific guidelines, available in seven booklets, to assist homeowners in their renovation or construction projects.

The Permit Application Process, Step by Step

  1. Consultation of Regulations and Guidelines: Ensure that your project complies with zoning, construction, demolition regulations, as well as plumbing and fire protection codes.
  2. Design Guidelines: Exterior modifications must conform to the "Renovate and Build in Westmount" guidelines.
  3. Preparing a Proposal: Consider your needs, budget, regulations, and guidelines to prepare your plans.
  4. Submitting the Application: Your application must include all the required documents, listed in the city's guidelines.
  5. City's Review of Plans: The plans are reviewed for compliance with regulations and may require approval from the Urban Planning Advisory Committee.
  6. Obtaining the Permit: Once approved, the permit must be displayed at the worksite, and a copy of the approved plans must be kept on site.

Client Responsibility

It is important to note that while Plancher Deluxe is here to assist and guide you, the responsibility to ensure compliance with regulations and obtaining necessary agreements rests with the client. We encourage you to take these aspects seriously to avoid any future inconvenience.

Consulting an Architect

The City of Westmount recommends consulting an architect for any project, especially those involving design aspects and interpretation of regulations. For some works, provincial law even requires plans signed by an architect registered with the Quebec Order of Architects.

Specific Requirements for Various Types of Projects

Depending on the nature of your project, different documents and information will be required. These requirements vary depending on the scope of the work and may include photos, site plans, material samples, etc.

At Plancher Deluxe, we are committed to providing you with quality service while respecting the regulations in force. We understand the importance of every detail in your flooring project and are here to support you at every step. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or to start your project in Westmount.


This section has been prepared solely for the convenience of the reader and has no official or legal value. No warranty is offered as to the accuracy of the text. For all legal purposes, the reader should consult the official version of the by-law and each of its amendments or obtain a copy by contacting the City's clerk office.

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