Urbanism regulation

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.


The zoning by-law is accompanied by a plan which represents the control of uses and the division of the territory favored by the municipality. The zoning plan is an integral part of the by-law. The municipality can divide the territory into as many zones as it deems necessary.

Specification grids generally accompany the regulations to make them easier to understand. These are tables which schematically group together the requirements applicable by zone with regard to the standards of use and installation.

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The regulation on the issuance of permits and certificates in urban planning allows municipalities to establish the administrative procedures that govern them and that authorize the realization of projects covered by urban planning regulations.

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The building by-law allows a municipality to govern the building sector, but only to adopt higher standards or relating to buildings or elements not covered by the Quebec Construction Code.

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Minor derogation

The minor derogation is an exception procedure established by by-law under which the council may authorize the carrying out of planned work or the regularization of work in progress or completed, which does not meet all the provisions of the zoning or subdivision by-law.

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Through its subdivision by-law, a municipality may define the standards relating to the dividing up of lots and the layout of thoroughfares, govern or prohibit cadastral operations and require conditions to be met for the approval of a plan relating to a cadastral operation.

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Conditional uses

As its name suggests, the conditional use by-law aims to allow, under certain conditions, that a use be established or exercised in an area determined by the zoning by-law.

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The inventory of areas to be subject to detailed planning by the owners, in the Regulation on overall development plans (PAE), allows the municipality to ensure coherent and sustainable development of these parts. of the territory, and this, before any modification of the town planning regulations.

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The identification, in the Site Planning and Architectural Integration Programs By-law (SPAIP), of certain territories or certain categories of projects that must be the subject of a qualitative assessment when applying for a permit or certificate, allows the municipality to ensure the quality of the implementation and architectural integration while taking into account the particularities of each situation.

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The By-law respecting specific projects for the construction, alteration or occupation of an immovable aims to allow, under certain conditions, that a project be carried out despite the fact that it derogates from one or other of the by-laws urban planning of the municipality.

Source: MAMH