To ensure that the many different activities in the city co-exist in harmony, the urban planning by-law (No. 01-276) divides the borough into different sectors and specifies permissible activities in each sector. Before leasing or purchasing property that you intend to use for non-residential purposes, make sure you are allowed to use it for the purpose you have in mind. Come and ask in person at the permits and inspections division.
If you decide to go ahead with your plans, you must first obtain an occupancy certificate from the borough's permits and inspections division. The certificate must be displayed in any establishment used for non-residential purposes. It is issued for the premises and the activities there, as well as for the operator. It must be replaced whenever there is a new occupant. An occupancy certificate authorizes your activities, but does not guarantee that your premises comply with the Construction Code. Finally, a new certificate is required if the floor area of the premises is changed, if activities are changed or added or if there is a change in occupancy.
CDN-NDG Permits and inspections division
5160, boulevard Décarie, Suite 865
Montréal (Québec) H3X 2H9
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: CLOSED in the morning; open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: 514 872-5160
Because of busy daytime peak hours and of variable file processing delays, it is recommended that you come to the service desk in the morning before 11:15 a.m. and in the afternoon before 3:30 p.m.