In Saint-Lambert, an immovable may not be demolished in whole or in part without first obtaining a demolition permit. The Demolition Committee is responsible for reviewing all requests for such permits.
What does demolition mean?
Under our by-laws, demolition means razing or destroying:
- more than 50% of the above-ground exterior gross volume of an immovable;
- more than 50% of the area, projected horizontally, of the roof of an immovable;
- more than 50% of the area of the exterior walls of an immovable;
- or any combination of the preceding components that numerically totals more than 120%.
All applications for a demolition permit are reviewed by the Demolition Committee according to a number of criteria:
- the condition of the immovable covered by the application;
- the deterioration of the architectural appearance or the aesthetic character of the neighbourhood, or of the quality of life in the neighbourhood;
- the program for reuse of the vacated land.
As the decision-making body, the Committee renders its decision to grant or deny the demolition permit based on the public interest. The decisions may be appealed before City Council.
The Demolition Committee is made up of the following persons:
- city councillors David Bowles, as president, Loïc Blancquaert, as vice-president and Francis Le Chatelier
- and Julie Larose, head of the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspection Department, acting as secretary.
The Demolition Committee meets when a request is made that requires it. These meetings are announced in a public notice a few days ahead of time. Meetings are open to the public.