Site planning and architectural integration programs (SPAIPs)
The Bylaw on site planning and architectural integration programs (SPAIPs) is a tool that makes it possible to qualitatively evaluate interventions (construction of, and modifications to, buildings and sometimes land as well) in sectors of a particular nature. The sectors identified on the program, due to their architectural and urbanistic interest, are sectors within the Borough of LaSalle that are regulated by an SPAIP.
Anyone wanting to make changes to the built environment within these sectors must comply with certain rules at the time of applying for a permit or certificate. Please note that the SPAIP bylaw does not replace the current bylaws on urban planning, but rather is an additional condition for issuing a construction permit or certificate of authorization.
Interventions subject, and not subject, to the SPAIP bylaw
The SPAIP bylaw concerns only work having an impact on building envelopes and therefore on their exterior. Work inside a building, among other types of work, are consequently excluded from these regulations. Interventions on the built environment that are subject, and not subject, to an SPAIP are listed below.
Interventions subject to an SPAIP
Prior approval of a project located in a sector subject to an SPAIP is an essential condition for issuing a permit or certificate. Depending on the sectors within LaSalle territory, an application for a permit or certificate of authorization concerning the following interventions may be subject to the SPAIP bylaw:
a) Construction, reconstruction, restoration, conversion, expansion, renovations, repairs or additions to a building (except for projects listed in paragraphs a), b), c) and d) of article 2.1.4)
b) Installation, expansion, reconstruction, modification, repairs, relocation or finishing of a sign
c) Setting up parking facilities, development of a piece of land, a space for loading and unloading or a storage area
d) Demolition of a building (except for the buildings listed in paragraph of article 2.1.4)
e) Subdivision of a piece of land located in whole or in part less than thirty (30) metres from a wooded area, shoreline, wetland or inland stream within an ecoterritory
f) Construction of a solarium within zone H12-27
g) Installation of a commercial antenna on public property located within a zone authorizing the "Industry" group
h) Installation of a ten- (10-) metre-high or less commercial antenna support or a one-square metre commercial antenna
i) Installation of a more than ten- (10-) metre-high commercial antenna support or a more than one- (1-) square-metre antenna support located within a zone authorizing the "Industry" group
j) Installation of a commercial antenna installed on a wall
k) Installation of a commercial antenna installed on a roof
[Article 2.1.1 of SPAIP bylaw (in French)]
Interventions not subject to an SPAIP
An application for a permit or certificate of authorization concerning the following interventions is not subject to the SPAIP bylaw:
a) Minor repairs for normal maintenance of a built structure
b) Indoor painting and similar work
c) Repairs to, or replacement of, electrical or mechanical installations located inside the building
d) Repairs to, or replacement of, the waterproof membrane of a roof
e) Demolition of the following buildings (unless in the case of a building on the list of heritage buildings and major institutional complexes):
i) Building used for the following purposes: service station, repair garage, body shop, paint shop or car wash
ii) Building gutted by fire or damaged over fifty (50%) percent of its volume and for which a replacement project in compliance with bylaws has been planned
iii) Accessory building, within the "housing", "commercial establishment" or "industrial establishment" groups
iv) Building that is hazardous or has structural problems, as determined by an expert report (architect, engineer or technologist), which must be demolished in order to ensure the safety of people and the premises
v) Building belonging to Ville de Montréal and whose demolition has been authorized by a decision of City Council or Borough Council
vi) Building located within zone H12-66 and zone H12-68
vii) Non-conforming building located at the back of a lot
viii) Non-conforming building erected behind a main building and located on the same lot
[Article 2.1.4 of SPAIP bylaw]
Documents required to submit an application for a permit or certificate of authorization
The documents below represent the minimum content of an application for approval of a project subject to an SPAIP. They must be submitted in duplicate.
a) Duly completed application form for a permit or certificate of authorization
b) Certificate of location (scale of 1:1000 or more)
c) Cadastre plan (scale of 1:1000 or more)
d) Digital photos required to illustrate the location of the intervention concerned
e) Paper and scanned copies of site plans (scale of 1:500 or more) of the existing situation and the planned situation
f) Architectural drawings (paper and scanned copies) including plans, sectional views and elevations (scale of 1:50 or more) of the buildings representing present and planned situations in order to understand the project as a whole
g) Specifications as well as construction and finishing details
h) Plan (scale of 1:10 or more) and location of signs (if applicable)
i) Perspectives (paper and scanned copies) illustrating the project (in the case of a new construction or expansion of a main building)
j) Perspective(s), elevation(s) in colour and photomontage (paper and scanned copies) to illustrate the project
[Article 2.1.2 of SPAIP bylaw (in French)]
Additional documents to be provided
At the request of the Borough, the applicant may be required to provide other documents. For example, for the following interventions, additional documents will have to be included with the application:
- Demolition of a building [Article 22.214.171.124 of SPAIP bylaw (in French)], unless in the case of a building on the list of heritage buildings and major institutional complexes [Article 126.96.36.199 of SPAIP bylaw]
- Cadastral operation relating to a piece of land located in whole or in part less than 30 metres from a wooded area, shoreline, wetland or inland stream within an ecoterritory [Article 188.8.131.52 of SPAIP bylaw]
- Installation of a commercial antenna on public property within a zone authorizing the "Industry" group [Article 184.108.40.206 of SPAIP bylaw]
- Installation of a commercial antenna support or a commercial antenna of over one (1) square metre installed on such a support [Article 220.127.116.11 of SPAIP bylaw]
- Installation of a commercial antenna on a wall or roof [Article 18.104.22.168 of SPAIP bylaw]
[Article 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 of SPAIP bylaw (in French)]
Application handling and processing time
For a project subject to an SPAIP bylaw, an application for a construction permit is required as well as the approval of the Urban Planning Advisory Committee and Borough Council, who meet once a month.
[Article 2.1.3 of SPAIP bylaw]
The fees for examining an application for a permit or certificate concerning a project subject to the SPAIP bylaw are governed by the Bylaw on rates and fees (in French).
For more information, contact the:
Direction de l’aménagement urbain et des services aux entreprises
55, avenue Dupras
LaSalle (Québec) H8R 4A8
Telephone no.: 514 367-6732
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Please note: The contents of this website have been prepared solely for the reader's convenience and have no official value. The accuracy of the following information is not guaranteed. Some articles have been shortened to make them easier to read and to facilitate understanding of the bylaw. For all legal purposes, readers will need to consult the official version of the Bylaw on site planning and architectural integration programs (Règlement sur les plans d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale (LAS-0014)) and each of its amendments (in French).