Complete Guide to Municipal Regulations on Masonry Work in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Understanding the Formalities for Repairing and Replacing Exterior Cladding
When Do You Need a Permit?
The first question that often comes to mind is: do I need a permit? In Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, minor repairs like repointing don't require a permit. However, for more extensive work, such as replacing more than half of the siding on one floor or changing the material of the siding, you must obtain a permit.
Heritage Protection and Urban Plans
Don't forget that if your building is under heritage protection or subject to a Site Planning and Architectural Integration Plan (PIIA), a permit is mandatory. You can consult the city's interactive map to learn more.
Which Materials Are Prohibited?
It's crucial to know which materials are prohibited to avoid any setbacks. Among the banned materials, we find:
- Plastic film
- Various types of paper such as tarred or vinyl paper
- Particle boards not suitable for the exterior
- Glass or mirror with a light reflection higher than 20%
- Asphalt shingles, with some exceptions
- Vinyl siding (PVC), except for a small structure less than 161 square feet
Front Facade Requirements
For the front facade of your building (or both facades if you're on a street corner), 80% of the surface must be masonry. Special cases exist, so feel free to contact the permit department for more information.
How Much Will It Cost?
The fees associated with the permit vary based on the total estimated cost of the work. You should expect to pay $9.80 per $1,000 of estimated work.
The minimum fees are as follows:
- $157 for exclusively residential buildings
- $462 for commercial, industrial, institutional, or mixed-use buildings
These fees take into account all costs associated with the work, including plans, labor, and equipment, all taxes included.
Possible Additional Fees
If your building or its location has heritage value or is subject to specific architectural standards, additional fees may apply. Note that these fees are non-refundable.
Required Documents for Your Application Review
For your application's review, you'll need the following documents:
- Quote or cost estimation table, including taxes
- Certificate of location
- Recent photos of the facades of neighboring buildings
- Recent photos of the facades affected by the work
If you're in a condominium, you will need to provide:
- A letter of authorization from all co-owners or a resolution from the condominium association
If you're acting on behalf of the owner, a power of attorney is necessary.
We hope this guide has enlightened you on the municipal regulations for repairing and replacing exterior cladding in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Feel free to contact us for all your masonry needs!
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your borough's permit counter for clarification. Here is the link for the official page of the Municipal Regulation of the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough.