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User’s Guide
Using this online service, you can search for, download, consult and print out both city and boroughs by-laws enacted.
The service is free and accessible 24 hours a day.    

Searching for a by-law
Thanks to an advanced search interface, you can easily find the by-law you’re looking for. You can also view a profile of the by-law, which includes:

  • the office consolidation
  • the by-laws that were amended
  • the by-laws and resolutions that amended the by-law
  • the related ordinance

Current/Historical by-laws
You may search either in current or in historical by-laws. Current by-laws are active. Historical by-laws are no longer in force and are for reference only.

You can search by keyword, using words in the title or in the by-law. To search using multiple keywords, separate keywords with a space. More information is available on the "Search by keyword" page.

By-law number
To search by by-law number, enter the number in the number field on the search form.

  1. Select “Exact number” of the by-law in the menu
  2. Select “starting by” to obtain all by-laws

By-laws are always numbered as follows:

  • city council by-law  
  • urban agglomeration council by-law
  • borough council by-law
  • executive committee by-law
  • consolidated by-law 
  • 06-xxx
  • RCG 06-xxx
  • RCA00 xxx
  • RCE 07-xxx 
  • A-xx

Geographic application
You can also select the jurisdiction to which the by-law applies. If it is a borough, select the borough from a scroll-down menu. If it applies to several boroughs, select one. If it applies to the whole city or you do not have this information, select “Montréal.”

Date of coming into force
There are two ways to select the date of coming into force :

  1. Select the date by clicking on the calendar;
  2. Write the date in the date field, using the following format: day/month/year.

If you don’t know the date, these fields may be left blank. Office consolidations do not have a date on which they came into force. In the search engine, the last update will appear in this field.

Search results
The results of your search will appear in a list showing the number, the title and the jurisdiction for each by-law.

By-laws are sorted into two subdivisions according the political body that issued them. The first subdivision comprises all by-laws of the Direction du greffe (by-laws of the urban agglomeration council, city council by-laws, executive committee and CUM by-laws).  The second subdivision is made up of borough by-laws (in alphabetical order by borough name).Within each subdivision, by-laws are sorted by the date of coming into force, from newest to oldest.

The number of by-laws that correspond to your search criteria is indicated and if there are more than 10 results, you can browse the results pages. There are 10 results per page.
If you can’t find the by-law with your search criteria, perform a new search by clicking on the "New search" button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

Consult a by-law
When you find the by-law you’re looking for, click on the by-law number to download it. You’ll also see related documents such as office consolidations, consolidated by-laws of the former city, and ordinances related to the by-law. Click on these documents to open them.

The current by-laws, consolidated by-laws of the former city, office consolidations and ordinances are available in PDF format. To view or print them, you will need to open them with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the button below to download it for free.

The English interface does not search within by-laws whose titles and text are in French only.


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Texts and information available from the online service site might contain technical or typographic errors.

Should there be any difference between an official text and the file obtained from the online service site, the official text shall prevail.

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The information is accessible and may be corrected under the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information. Requests under the act should be sent to the Direction du greffe, 275 Notre-Dame Est, bureau R-134, Montréal, QC  H7E 1C6.

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