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Permits and Certificates

Requirement to obtain a permit or a certificate

The municipal requirement that residents obtain a permit or a certificate for any project that they undertake is based on the need to ensure compliance with its planning By-Laws (e.g. zoning, construction and subdivision). Issuance of the permits and certificates is the basic way of checking on how land is being developed in the Municipality.

Thus, a person who intends to build or use land or a building in the Municipality must check with the planning department to obtain a permit and/or certificate and to find out what requirements it has to meet.

A permit or a certificate of authorization is more than a mere formality. It is your guarantee of:

  • proper placement of uses and constructions;
  • safe construction work that complies with municipal standards; and
  • avoidance of errors that could compromise the safety or legality of a project that could result in avoidable costs or unpleasantness.

You have to pay to have your permit application processed. You will receive an invoice for the appropriate fees. This is not a permit, and does not represent the authorization to begin the work. Afterwards, the building inspector will review your permit application and get back to you within forty-five (45) days after all of the pertinent documents have been submitted as to whether your plans comply with requirements. Be sure to factor this extra time into your plans. If your application is found to comply with the applicable By-Law, a permit will be issued, and must be posted so that it is visible from the road.