Building and Renovating


Why is permit a required?

It is essential to get a permit BEFORE beginning the work to ensure compliance with the Town of Hampstead’s urban planning by-laws and safety and security standards.

Getting a permit is a way of protecting the collective and individual interests of Town residents.

The homeowner is responsible for getting a permit when necessary.

A permit is required for most work. It is strongly recommended to contact the Urban Planning Division in order to validate the need to get a permit for the work you are intending to do.

The list below shows the most frequent projects for which a permit is required as well as a list of necessary documents needed to get a permit (other documents may be requested, depending on the project):

Type of project

Documents required

  • Cutting down trees
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Arborist’s or tree maintenance company report
  • Photographs of the tree to be cut down.
  • Driveway and/or walkway
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Site plan of the proposed project & layout.
  • Fence or hedge
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the fence
  • Site plan of the proposed project & layout.
  • Pool, spa
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Landscaping plan showing the pool and identifying the trees to be cut down, constructions, accessory buildings etc.
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Description of the fence (required by Town by-law)
  • Description of pool enclosure (required by provincial law).
  • Terrace, balcony, porch
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan locating the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary).
  • Elevations of the proposed construction, dimensions, heights, cladding materials, etc.
  • Addition, new construction
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Site plan locating all of the elements installed on the property
  • Architectural plans
  • Structural plans
  • Landscaping plan locating what trees will be cut down/preserved, if necessary
  • Sample board of exterior cladding materials
  • Coloured perspective drawing.
  • Replacement of doors and windows
  • Permit application form
  • Specifications of the proposed doors and windows
  • Job tender.
  • Installation of a garden shed
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan locating the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary).
  • Elevations of the proposed construction, dimensions, heights, exterior cladding, etc.
  • Roof repair
  • Permit application form
  • Job tender
  • Installation of a propane tank
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender
  • Description of the tank and specifics regarding its capacity
  • Site plan of the proposed project & layout.
  • Foundations repair, pilings
  • Permit application form
  • Certificate of location
  • Job tender and description of the work
  • Plan locating the proposed construction on the property with measurements and distances from property limits (signed and sealed by an engineer or architect, if necessary).
  • Demolition
  • Permit application form
  • Address of the building to be demolished
  • Name, address and telephone number of the homeowner or his/her duly authorized representative, as the case may be
  • Motives supporting the request for a demolition authorization certificate
  • Two (2) copies of the plan showing:
  • Location of the building to be demolished
  • Location and size of any existing structure works and landscaping on the lot
  • Height in meters or stories, gross total of the above ground
  • floor area and gross total of the floor area of the basement of the building to be demolished
  • Estimate of the costs of the project
  • Two (2) different recent photographs of the building to be demolished
  • Description of the conditions in which the demolition will take place
  • Demolition work schedule and date municipal services are to be cut off
  • Proof of civil liability insurance obtained specifically for this purpose by the applicant
  • Written notice from the applicant discharging the Town from any liability in this regard
  • Measures to be taken to relocate the tenants, if there are any or date at which the building will become vacant, as the case may be
  • Preliminary program for reuse of the land freed up by the demolition, including the necessary plans to ensure compliance with by-law
  • Payment of applicable fees for a demolition permit
  • When required by the Director, report on the state of the building, prepared by an architect or a structural engineer, at the expense of the applicant.

Construction Hours

• Monday – Friday;  7:00 am to 7:00 pm;
• Saturday & Sunday; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm;
• Work is not permitted on statutory holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Before digging

Be sure to contact Info-Excavation:
Telephone: 514-286-9228
Website: http://www.info-ex.com/