Apply for approval under a site planning and architectural integration program

Last updated June 23, 2022

Are you planning renovations? Do you have a construction project in mind? You may need to have your project evaluated and approved under a site planning and architectural integration program in your borough.

Approval under a site planning and architectural integration program (SPAIP, known in French as a plan d’implantation et d’intégration architecturale or PIIA) is required in certain areas and for certain categories of work. The program ensures compliance with borough orientations around urban planning and development. 

Projects are evaluated to ensure they will integrate harmoniously into their surroundings. Criteria are set according to the neighbourhood and include significant historical areas, neighbourhoods with a distinctive look and streets with typical historical features, etc. Projects such as construction, expansion or installation of signage and antennas may require approval under a site planning and architectural integration program.

The local urban planning advisory committee evaluates the value of architectural implementation and integration and then makes a recommendation to the borough council.

Find out if you need approval under an SPAIP before you apply for a permit or certificate of authorization. Contact your permit counter to learn more about what steps to take.

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