By-laws

The Ville de Saint-Lambert adopts by-laws to ensure quality of life, public order, and the harmonious development of its territory. This section includes the by-laws currently in force (or their administrative codification, if they have been amended) that are most frequently applicable in the municipality.

This by-law stipulates the obligations of cat and dog owners, the types of domestic animals permitted, how animal control works in Saint-Lambert, and prohibited behaviours with respect to wild animals. For a simplified summary of its main provisions, visit the Domestic animal section or the Wild animals section.

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This by-law governs the use of public roads, particularly with regard to speeding, parking and the type of activities permitted.

It was updated in May 2024 to meet current needs and comply with the new obligations of the Highway Safety Code. The most significant change is the introduction of “Free Play in the Street”. Previously tolerated and now legal, this practice encourages young and old to have fun on authorized residential streets. For a simplified summary of its main provisions, visit the Streets and parking page.

Other interesting changes include;

  • the integration into the by-law of already existing notions concerning parking stickers and overnight street parking during winter;
  • the requirement for authorization to hold fund-raising activities on public roads;
  • updated speed limits, including 20 km/h in school zones;
  • a ban on parking for more than 72 consecutive hours at the same location.

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The removal of residual materials from Saint-Lambert territory is regulated by several by-laws. A number of rules must be followed in order to benefit from household garbage, recyclable material, and green waste collections. For a simplified summary of the main provisions of these by-laws, visit the Waste Collection section.

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This by-law regulates all the most common uses of potable water (such as lawn watering, air conditioning, and swimming pools) for the purpose of conserving this precious resource in terms of both quantity and quality. For a simplified summary of its main provisions, visit the Potable water by-laws section.

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This by-law prohibits the use of wood-burning fireplaces when a smog warning is in effect. Smog days are determined using the Air Quality Index (AQI). When the AQI is greater than 50, wood-burning fireplaces can't be used. The City will announce when a ban is in effect through its various communication channels. The ban applies until the warning is lifted.

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This by-law limits the idling time permitted for stationary vehicles in order to ensure good air quality and preserve the environment. For a simplified summary of its main provisions, visit the Streets and parking section.

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This by-law regulates behaviours that can have an adverse impact on the quality of the living environment. As such, it regulates noise, light, and visual pollution and the storage of hazardous materials, among other things. It also prohibits graffiti and any other inappropriate conduct that disturbs residents. For a simplified summary of the main provisions of this by-law, visit the Public nuisances section.

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This by-law stipulates the hours of closure of our municipal parks and the behaviours that are prohibited there. To find out what they are, consult the information pages on the different parks in our directory.

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The use, application, and types of products containing pesticides are strictly regulated. For a simplified summary of the main provisions of this by-law, visit the Lawn section.

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This regulation governs fire prevention standards.

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Between 1.4 and 2.7 billion shopping bags—mainly plastic—are handed out in Québec every year, but only 16% are recycled. The others often end up in the environment, where they have major impacts. To help reverse this deplorable situation, Saint-Lambert has joined the movement initiated by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) to permanently ban single-use plastic bags on its territory.

With the new by-law adopted by Saint-Lambert City Council in May, effective since January 1, 2023 it is prohibited to distribute single-use shopping or advertising bags to customers, unless they are made of recycled paper. The City is also prohibit the use of all discardable plastic materials (individual water bottles, utensils, straws, etc.) at municipal events or events organized in partnership with the municipality.

Every gesture matters when it comes to protecting the environment. So be sure to do your part: remember to take your reusable bags with you when you go food shopping or to the drugstore.

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Door-to-door sales and any other form of solicitation are regulated on Saint-Lambert territory. Anyone wishing to engage in these types of activities must obtain prior written permission from the City.

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This by-law sets the rates, fees and prices for each of the goods, services and activities offered by the City.

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Land use and development are strictly regulated in our municipality and carefully planned in the urban development plan. This plan provides guidelines for the spatial and physical organization of local land and the municipality’s overall vision of land use.

By means of the related by-laws, the urban development plan thus guides land-use projects as well as political, administrative, and financial decisions that affect the territory.

  • The construction by-law governs the adoption of higher standards than those established by the Québec Building Code or standards related to buildings or features not covered in the Code.
  • The subdivision by-law defines the standards and conditions relative to the subdivision and identification of lots.
  • The permits and certificates by-law sets out the administrative procedures that must be followed to obtain authorization for projects subject to urban planning by-laws.
  • The zoning by-law allows the City to determine the vocation of the land within its boundaries by parcelling it into different zones. For each zone, the by-law determines the use that may be made of the land and buildings, and establishes a framework for the siting, layout, and appearance of structures.
  • The by-law relative to site planning and architectural integration programs (commonly referred to by the French acronym, PIIA) defines the qualitative measures used to evaluate projects. It thereby ensures the City’s control over the quality of siting and architectural integration programs and their harmonization with the built environment.
  • The by-law relative to minor derogations regulates exceptional applications for authorization of a structure or building that is not compliant with the provisions of the various urban planning by-laws.

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