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Renovations and extensions

A renovation or an extension must respect three fundamental principles: the character of the neighbourhood as a whole, the visual aspect of the street, and the particular style of the building.

As well, it must respect the building’s original appearance and enhance its architectural features.  

Architectural approval

Throughout the territory, any project that is:

  • a new construction;
  • an extension that alters the façade facing the street or visible from the street;
  • a renovation that alters the façade facing the street or visible from the street;

must be approved through the Siting & Architectural Integration Plan (SAIP) process. This architectural approval process ensures that the project will comply with existing by-laws. Members of the Urban Planning Advisory Committee (UPAC) evaluate the project and submit their recommendations to City Council. A permit may only be issued after the project has been approved by Council.

Cladding materials

The colour, texture, and dimension of cladding materials must harmonize with the existing cladding. A maximum of two colours is allowed for the cladding of a building, and these colours must harmonize together. Fluorescent colours are prohibited throughout the territory of the city.

Cladding colour

The colour, texture, and dimension of cladding materials must harmonize with the existing cladding. A maximum of two colours is allowed for the cladding of a building, and these colours must harmonize together. Fluorescent colours are prohibited throughout the territory of the city.

Maintenance

Exterior cladding and finishing materials must be maintained so as to preserve their original appearance. Buildings must be maintained to the same standard as neighbouring buildings

Fondations

All extensions must be built on concrete foundations. Pillars may be used if the extension does not exceed 23 m2 or 25 % of the area of the main building, whichever of these dimensions is smaller.

Installation

A request for an authorization certificate to build an extension or garage attached to the main building, if the proposed extension or garage is located 1 m (3.3 ft.) or less from the minimum required setbacks in the table of specific provisions of the zoning by-law, must be accompanied by a detailed layout plan prepared by a land surveyor. When the work is completed, a certificate of location prepared by a land surveyor must be submitted to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspection Department.

Permit or certificate of authorization

A certificate of authorization is required for:

  • all work worth more than $3,000; that doesn't affect the facade or the structure of the building;
  • any new construction;
  • any extension;
  • any renovation work.

A permit or certificate is not required for regular maintenance work such as indoor or outdoor painting, unless the outdoor colours change. A demolition permit is also required to demolish a building or an ancillary building.

Renovation work

When making a request, you must submit two copies of the following plans and documents:

  • Plan of the work (if applicable);
  • Structural plan (if applicable);
  • Detailed list of work;
  • Contractor’s contact information;
  • Work schedule;
  • Cost of the work.

Renovation work that alters the windows

When making a request, you must submit two copies of the following plans and documents: 

  • The certificate of location prepared by a land surveyor showing the distance of the new window(s), the overhanging window(s), or the projecting window(s) from the property lines;
  • Manufacturer’s documentation illustrating the type of proposed window;
  • Description of the materials used in the fabrication of the window;
  • Series of photos of the building (if applicable);
  • Structural plan: if an existing opening is enlarged or a new opening is created, the lintel over this opening must be described;
  • If an overhanging window will be installed, a scale plan of the interior layout is required (the plan must illustrate the structure of the overhanging window);
  • Contractor’s contact information;
  • Work schedule;
  • Cost of the work.

Extension

The certificate of location prepared by a land surveyor showing the proposed extension and containing the following information:

  • The cadastral identification of the property;
  • The location and the dimensions on the ground of the existing main building, the proposed extension, all existing ancillary buildings, and the pool, if applicable;
  • The distance of the proposed extension from the property lines, from all existing ancillary buildings, and from the pool, if applicable.

Procedure

Standard project:

  1. Before the file can be evaluated, the request must be signed and paid for, and all the required documentation must be completed.
  2. Allow a maximum of 30 days for your request to be processed. When you submit your request, an estimate of the time it will take will be provided.
  3. The inspector will issue the certificate of authorization.

 If the project is subject to SAIP

The following documents are required:

  • Series of photos of the building and of all neighbouring buildings (if applicable);
  • Plan showing the height of the proposed building with the extension and the height of buildings on neighbouring properties. The height is measured in relation to the centre of the street;
  • Any documents or drawings showing the final appearance of the building and its surroundings (if applicable).

 Procedures

  1. Before the file can be evaluated, the request must be signed and paid for, and all the required documentation must be completed;
  2. Evaluation of the application: an estimate of the time it will take will be provided;
  3. Evaluation and recommendations by the Urban Planning Advisory Committee (UPAC);
  4. Approval or refusal by City Council;
  5. Submission of complete plans;
  6. Permit is issued.

A fee is added to the cost of a permit or a certificate:

  • Renovations, transformations, repairs : $125
  • Extension: $150
  • New construction : $600

If the project is subject to aminor exemption

The request for a minor exemption must be the subject of a neighbourhood consultation and must be published in a local publication before it can be approved or refused by City Council. This procedure is longer, so you should allow more time.

Cost of a permit or a certificate (residential)

Renovations, transformations or repairs:

  • Work : $2.00 per $1,000
  • Minimum cost: $80

Extension:

  • Work: $3.00 per $1,000
  • Minimum cost: $200

Refer to the by-laws page to know all about the rules of urban planing in St-Lambert.