Get a permit to create or modify a parking space

Last updated November 2, 2022

Do you want to add a driveway to your building? Change the surface of an existing space? If so, you need a permit.

For a space located in front of or behind a building, here is how to apply for a permit in your borough.

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Criteria

The conditions below must be met:

  • For access to a residential or commercial parking unit:
    • The parking unit must be at least 2.5 m x 5.5 m, be located beside the building or behind it (if located in front of the building, check with your local permit office to see which conditions apply)
  • For access to a garage: 
    • The driveway should be the same width as the garage door (minimum 3 m), but does not need to be aligned with the garage door
  • For access to a passageway:
    • The passageway must be at least 2.4 m wide and completely on your property. If not, you must present a notarized deed that gives you the right of way on the neighbouring property.

For access to a loading dock, check with your local permit office to find out what documentation is required. 

Make a request

  • Make an appointment with your local permit counter
  • Submit the necessary documents

Fees (taxes included)

The review fee for the permit application varies depending on the estimated cost of the work. You must pay $9.80 per $1,000 of work. 
Whatever the amount of work, you will have to pay, at least: 

  • $152 for an exclusively residential building
  • $448 for a commercial building

The permit is payable by certified cheque, debit card or credit card.

Required documents

You must provide two copies of the documents below: 

  • Certificate of location of the property
  • Photos of the location
  • Landscape plan that shows: 
    • The location and dimensions of the parking space
    • Existing elements around the work (trees, low walls, etc.)
    • Property boundaries
  • Detailed cost estimate of the work

Communication channels

Permit counter

514-872-3020

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Learn more at your permit counter.

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311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 311 to schedule an appointment with the permit counter.

5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

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Parking space behind a building

The creation and use of a new outdoor parking area is prohibited in most sectors of the borough. This ban is intended to:

  • Encourage the greening of yards and public spaces
  • Encourage local residents to make the alleys their own
  • Limit conflicts between neighbours who use the alley
  • Reduce dependence on cars

To find out if your building is located in a zone where the creation of backyard parking space is permitted, contact your permit counter.

Apply for a special construction, modification or occupancy project

If the construction of new parking spaces is prohibited on your lot, the only way you can get a new space authorized is by making a special project application. This measure can give you an exemption from the standards in effect.

If your space is approved, the authorization will be transferred to the new owner if the building is sold.

Further reading: Submit a special construction, modification or occupancy project for a building (in French)

Vested rights

Existing parking spaces that complied with the by-laws at the time they were created are protected by vested rights. Such rights allow a situation to be maintained even if it no longer complies with the urban planning by-laws.

The borough does not produce a vested rights document. Owners of a non-compliant parking area must retain all supporting documentation from when their parking space was compliant. This may include photos, aerial images from the time, certificate of location, and plans associated with a permit application. The owner may be asked to show these documents during transformation work.

Make an appointment

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

201 Avenue Laurier Est
Fifth floor
Montréal, QC H2T 3E6

Information coming soon.

People owning a residential or commercial property can make a request to create or modify a parking area. This area must allow a vehicle to access a parking space, a garage or a driveway.

Single-family home

The parking area must represent no more than 40 per cent to 50 per cent of the front yard. The percentage varies depending on whether the building is detached, semi-detached or contiguous.

Other residential buildings

If it is a two-family, three-family, or multi-family residential building, there must be at least 1.5 parking spaces per dwelling, except in certain zones.

For non-residential buildings, contact your permit counter for applicable standards.

Criteria

  • Only one access way is authorized per lot giving onto the street, unless it is more than 22 m wide (frontage). In that case, two access ways are permitted.
  • If the lot is bounded by more than one street, e.g. at an intersection, the number of permitted access ways is applicable to each side giving onto a street. The distance between two access ways on the same lot must be equal to the total width of the two access ways.
  • For a driveway used by automobiles:
    • Used as both an entrance and an exit: width between 5 m and 8 m
    • Used only as an entrance: width between 3.5 m and 8 m
    • Used only as an exit: width between 3.5 m and 8 m 

Some exceptions may apply for properties categorized as public.

Curb cuts and driveways

Driveway widening projects that require the cutting of curbs, sidewalks or the enlargement of culverts are to be done by the borough (except on private streets). In such cases, additional fees are added to the permit fee. They must be paid prior to the start of work.

Apply

  • In person, at the permit counter
  • Bring the required documents with you

Fees

Review: $152

Additional fees apply if the work must be done within the public road right-of-way.
The public road right-of-way is:

  • the space between the lot line and the sidewalk
  • If no sidewalk: the space between the lot line and the edge of paving or of the roadway.

Required documents

  • Certificate of location for the property
  • Landscape design plan, showing:
    • The location of the parking area and its dimensions (existing and planned)
    • Existing features near the project area (trees, walls, etc.)
    • Property boundaries
  • Detailed cost estimate for the work

Communication channels

By appointment
406 Montée de l'Église
Montréal, QC H9C 1G9

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If you want to create a parking space or modify access to parking, a garage or a driveway on your property, you must obtain authorization from the borough.

Learn more

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

Before beginning any work, find out what rules you must respect and what permits you need.

Make an appointment

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1431 Avenue Van Horne, 2nd floor
Montréal, QC H2V 1K9

Property owners can make a request to create, modify or enlarge a parking area.

Criteria

Contact your permit counter for details about applicable criteria.

Fees

  • Creation, modification or enlargement of an existing parking area:
    • Residential: $55
    • Other type of building: $105
  • Creation, addition or modification of a curb cut or a driveway
    • $55

See also: Get a permit to build a curb cut

Required documents

  • Application form for an authorization certificate provided by Pierrefonds-Roxboro
  • Proxy document if you are acting on behalf of the building owner
  • Evaluation of project cost
  • Site plan to scale, showing the existing and proposed situation for the parking area and its surroundings
  • Table indicating land area and floor area of all building served by the parking
  • Number of planned or existing parking spaces on the lot
  • Location of drainage system, showing the diameter of existing and projected pipes
  • Existing or proposed curb cuts and driveways
  • Plan showing all easements (servitudes) for common entrances and driveways, if relevant
  • Manufacturer’s statement. or opinion from a professional confirming the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) when the covering to be used is other than grass pavers, concrete pavers, stone pavers, concrete or other inert material

Communication channels

13665 Boulevard de Pierrefonds
Montréal, QC H9A 2Z4

Legislation

Information coming soon.

You need a permit if you want to remove or create a driveway on your property. If the change involves sidewalk repairs, additional fees will be charged.

Fees (taxes included)

Processing fee: $154

Document

Information

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information coming soon.

Residential building 

An expansion must be made from an existing parking space.

  • Single-family building:
    • Parking spaces in front of the building are not permitted, except for a garage
    • The authorized width of a driveway is a maximum of 6 m, with some exceptions 
  • Multiplex building (two to five units):
    • The parking space must be located in front of a garage, in front of the building. 

Commercial, industrial and residential building with more than five units 

Minimum size standards must be met for parking spaces and access alleys. Check with the permit office for details.

Permitted coatings

Acceptable materials:

  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Interlocking pavers
  • Permeable pavers
  • Other similar materials

Even after you get a permit to expand your parking space, you must still comply with the standards for greenery on your property.  Contact your local permit office for more information.

Fees (taxes included)

  • Single-family and multiplex homes: $250
  • Other types of buildings: $1,500

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Work plan (two copies)
  • Estimated costs of the work
  • Power of attorney from the owner of the building if you are not the owner

Communication channels

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You need a certificate of authorization to create a new parking space, to enlarge it or to completely repair its surface. The owner of the building or the owner’s representative may apply for the certificate.

Surfacing 

Parking spaces and their access route can be surfaced with the following materials: 

  • White concrete whose solar reflectance index (SRI) is at least 29
  • Permeable pavers with spacing of at least 8 mm between pavers (SRI of at least 29) 
  • Honeycomb pavers with a maximum thickness of 50 mm that are filled with plants or gravel (SRI of at least 29, except for the gravel) 
  • Plant-based binding mixture  (SRI of at least 29) 
  • A running strip composed of one of the authorized materials listed
  • Parking spaces that are adjacent to a back lane are authorized to use stone dust or crushed stone (no SRI required)

Parking lots with more than 10 spaces can be surfaced with asphalt, in combination with green islands that are landscaped with plants, shrubs and trees.

Please note that approval through a site planning and architectural integration program is required for this type of area.

Also read: Apply for architectural integration and implementation plan approval 

 Fees (taxes included)

  • Processing fee
    • Creation of a new parking space: $172
    • Creation of a loading space: $172
    • Complete repaving of a surface or parking space: $172
    • Expansion of a parking space: $172

Required documents

  • Certificate of location
  • Detailed description of work and materials
  • Quote that establishes the cost of the work                                                                                                            
  • Development plan to scale 
  • Landscaping plan that locates existing trees, and trees to be felled and planted
  • Any other relevant documents

Make an appointment

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Legislation

Information coming soon.

To find out whether you may build or modify a parking space on your property, contact the permit counter. If this work is permitted, you will need to apply for a conversion permit. You can apply for the permit online or in person at the counter.

Find out more

Permit counter – Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc Extension

514-868-3509