Get a permit to build a curb cut

Want to lower the sidewalk in order to make your property accessible by vehicle? This application is usually part of a broader project to build a parking space, garage, passageway or loading dock. Learn how to submit an application to build a curb cut.

A curb cut, or lowered curb, provides access to a:

  • Parking space
  • Garage
  • Passageway
  • Loading dock

The curb cut can be created by lowering the sidewalk or removed by rebuilding it.

Before you make plans to create or remove a curb cut, you must submit an application for an exterior renovation or demolition permit for a parking space, garage, passageway or loading dock.

In addition, if your parking space encroaches on public property, you may also need to obtain a permanent public property occupancy permit, depending on the borough in which you live.

The City carries out sidewalk lowering or rebuilding from May to October.

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The construction of a new driveway is included in an application for a conversion permit to add a parking unit on a private lot or in a building.

Rules to follow

  • A driveway leading to a parking unit shall be a minimum of 2.4 metres and a maximum of 7.5 metres long. 
  • The total width of access roads must not exceed 50% of the width of the lot.
  • A minimum distance of 7.5 meters must be maintained between two access roads.
  • A downhill driveway must be perpendicular to the public highway and may not exceed the width of the garage door by more than 0.9 metres.

If the building is located in a heritage area or on a heritage site, additional requirements may apply.

Contact the permit counter to verify the rules applicable to your situation.

Fees

Construction of a curb cut

Using a saw to create a “cut” in a concrete curb:

  • if the length of the curb cut is less than or equal to 8 m: $515
  • if the length of the curb cut exceeds 8 m: $515 + $68.50 per additional linear metre

Lowering by demolishing and rebuilding the sidewalk using:

  • plant mix: $74.65 per m2
  • concrete, including for the gutter and the back of the sidewalk: $304.55 per m2

Removing a curb cut by rebuilding the sidewalk

Rebuilding a concrete curb: $260.60 per linear metre

If the curb cut is located in an area where the borough is rebuilding sidewalks, your fees will be covered in part and your bill will be lower.

Required documents

When you apply, you must provide a complete scale plan of the property including:

  • Neighbouring entrances up to 7.5 metres on each side 
  • All dimensions of access roads and parking units 
  • All public furniture (e.g., utility poles, street lights, benches, etc.)

Two copies of:

  • Certificate of location
  • Photos of the location
  • Construction or renovation plan
  • Detailed estimate of construction

Communication channels

In person

555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

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Fees

For details concerning fees, please contact the permit counter.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Sketch of your proposed design, along with the dimensions of the curb cut

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

By appointment
7171 Rue Bombardier
Second floor
Montréal, QC H1J 2E9

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Fees

Construction of a curb cut

Using a saw to create a “cut” in a concrete curb:

  • if the length of the curb cut is less than or equal to 8 m: $537
  • if the length of the curb cut exceeds 8 m: $537+ $69 per additional linear metre

Lowering by demolishing and rebuilding the sidewalk using:

  • plant mix: $151 per m2
  • concrete, including for the gutter and the back of the sidewalk: $317 per m2
  • if the sidewalk serves as a bike path: $166 per m2

Required documents

  • Certificate of the location
  • Photos of the location
  • Construction or renovation plan

Communication channels

Point de service

5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

Legislation

Fees

Concrete sidewalk: $335 per m2 

Curb: $335 per linear metre

Street paving (including labour): $115 per m2

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Sketch of your proposed design

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

1800 Boulevard Saint-Joseph
Montréal, QC H8S 2N4

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Fees

  • per m2 of curb cut to build, regardless of its width: $300
  • per linear metre of curb cut to build, if it is on a concrete curb rather than a sidewalk: $240

Compensation will be required if a tree must be felled.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Photos of location

Communication channels

In person

55 Avenue Dupras
Montréal, QC H8R 4A8

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Fees

Processing fee: $117

Construction costs: $412.75 per m2

If the curb cut is located in an area where the borough is rebuilding sidewalks, your fees will be covered in part and your bill will be lower.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Construction or renovation plan
  • Photos of location

Communication channels

Legislation

To find out if your application is eligible and what the fees are, please contact the permit counter.

Good to know

  • Parking lots of three units or less must be accessible from an alley or from an access road leading to an alley. 
  • Front yard parking is prohibited, except in certain areas.
  • Apart from exceptional cases, it is prohibited to cut down a tree to create a parking lot or driveway.

Learn more

Point de service

815 Rue Bel-Air
First floor
Montréal, QC H4C 2K4

Legislation

Fees

In connection with the sidewalk: the true cost of the work plus processing fees of 15%

In connection with the concrete curb: the true cost of the work plus processing fees of 15%

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

15795, boulevard Gouin Ouest
(on the 2nd floor, rear door of the citizen reception and public safety office)
Montréal, QC H9H 1C5

Legislation

Fees (taxes not included)

Application fee: $133.90

Design of a curb cut: $453.20

Construction of a curb cut

Using a saw to create a “cut” in a concrete curb:

  • if the length of the curb cut is less than or equal to 8 m: $484.10
  • if the length of the curb cut exceeds 8 m: $484.10 + $63.86 per additional linear metre

Required documents

Certificate of location

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

By appointment
6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1E1

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Fees

Cost of a curb cut measuring six metres (minimum length) and not requiring that any street furniture be moved

For a sidewalk: $409 per linear metre

For a curb: $245.25 per linear metre

If the curb cut is located in an area where the borough is rebuilding sidewalks, your fees will be covered in part and your bill will be lower.

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

4241 Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Montréal, QC H1H 1S4

Legislation

After getting an earthwork certificate, you can submit an application to build a curb cut.

Fee

Construction of a curb cut: $355 $ per m2

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Photo of the existing location
  • Development plan

Communication channels

In person

600 Avenue de la Gare-de-Triage
Montréal, QC H2V 0A8

Fees

Taxes included

Cost

Price

Permit

$60

Concrete curb cut (less than 4.90 m)

minimum $205

Concrete curb cut (5 m and more)

$41.50 per linear metre

Hole in the curb (maximum diameter 50 mm)

$125

Construction of a culvert

$315 per linear metre

Reconstruction of a curb

$315 per linear metre

Reconstruction of the sidewalk

$420 per linear metre

Required documents

  • certificate of location
  • ground-level scale plan showing existing and proposed features, particularly parking spaces, access roads and curb cuts 

If applicable:

  • power of attorney signed by the owner

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

13665 Boulevard de Pierrefonds
Montréal, QC H9A 2Z4

Fees

Construction of a curb cut

Lowering by demolishing and rebuilding the sidewalk using:

  • plant mix: $65 per m2
  • concrete, including for the gutter and the back of the sidewalk: $285 per m2
  • if the sidewalk serves as a bike path: $112.50 per m2

Removing a curb cut by rebuilding the sidewalk

Rebuilding a concrete curb: $180 per linear metre

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Plan of the existing design and the projected design

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

12090 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, QC H1B 2Z1

Legislation

The fee will be calculated when you apply for a permit to build a parking space or loading area. Your development plans must have been pre-approved by the permit counter.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Photo of the facade where the curb cut will be built
  • Parking space development plans

Learn more

In person

5650 Rue D'Iberville
Second floor
Montréal, QC H2G 2B3

Legislation

Fees

Costs vary, depending on several criteria, and are evaluated by the Division des permis et des inspections.

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

777, boulevard Marcel-Laurin
Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 2M7

Fees

Costs vary, depending on several criteria, and are evaluated by the Division des études techniques.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Sketch of your proposed design

Communication channels

Division des études techniques (génie)

6025 Boulevard Métropolitain Est
Montréal, QC H1P 1X5

You must make an appointment at [email protected].

In most cases, the work is performed at the same time that other work is being done. 

To find out if your application is admissible, contact the permit counter.

Rules

  • Parking in the front yard is prohibited except in certain areas. 
  • Except in certain cases, it is prohibited to fell a tree in order to build a parking space or driveway.

Fees

Costs vary according to a number of criteria and will be assessed when your application is submitted. 

The owner must pay a deposit for the city to rebuild the sidewalk (lowering or removing a driveway) in addition to the fees payable for the permit in question.  

To find out more, contact your permit counter.

Communication channels

In person

4555 Rue de Verdun
Suite 109
Montréal, QC H4G 1M4

Fees

Building or removing a curb cut

Lowering a sidewalk by demolition/reconstruction

  • Asphalt covering, per square metre: $135 
  • Concrete, including gutters and setbacks, per square metre: $605
  • Concrete slabs, per square metre:  $415
  • Exposed aggregate concrete covering, per square metre: $657
  • Concrete curb, per linear metre: $340
  • Granite curb (150 mm), per linear metre: $1,100
  • 300 mm granite edge, per linear metre: $1,188
  • Tactile paving slab, per unit: $591
  • Levelling an electrical system manhole, per unit: $462
  • Signpost, per unit: $142

Lowering by demolishing and rebuilding the sidewalk using concrete:

  • If the length is less to 8 m: $510
  • If the length exceeds 8 m: $510 $ + $66 per additional metre

Document

Communication channels

Legislation

Fees

Construction of a curb cut

Using a saw to create a “cut” in a concrete curb:

  • if the length of the curb cut is less than or equal to 8 m: $502
  • if the length of the curb cut exceeds 8 m: $502 + $65.50 per additional linear metre

Lowering by demolishing and rebuilding the sidewalk using:

  • plant mix: $75.50 per m2
  • concrete, including for the gutter and the back of the sidewalk: $309.60 per m2
  • if the sidewalk serves as a bike path: $319 per m2

Removing a curb cut by rebuilding the sidewalk

  • Rebuilding a concrete curb: $255 per linear metre

Communication channels

In person

Point de service

405 Avenue Ogilvy
Suite 111
Montréal, QC H3N 1M3

Legislation