Regulations are legal acts that set out decisions, give directives or set standards, constraints and sometimes even sanctions.
The by-laws are adopted by the Council and are subject to adoption procedures, consultations and come into effect as defined in the municipal code of Quebec.
In the public interest, it is up to the municipality to divide its territory into zones. This enables it to determine its purpose in order to control the use of land and buildings as well as the location, shape and appearance of buildings.
The Regulation respecting the issuance of town planning permits and certificates enables municipalities to establish the administrative procedures that govern them and authorize the implementation of projects covered by the urban planning by-laws.
Through its subdivision by-law, a municipality may define the standards and the conditions to be respected in the division and identification of lots. This is the first step in territory development before it is built, used or protected.
The building by-law allows a municipality to regulate the building sector, but only to adopt higher standards in relation to buildings or elements not covered by the Quebec Construction Code.