Paint a mural on a private building

You need authorization from your borough to paint a mural on a residential or commercial building, or a building that belongs to an organization.

A mural is a work of art that is painted on the facade of a building.

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Before having a mural painted on a private building, you must contact the permit counter.

In many cases, a permit and the agreement of the urban advisory committee are required.

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Permit counter

514-872-3020

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

Creating, restoring or replacing a mural requires:

To get permission from the borough council, apply at the permit counter and attach the following documents to your application:

Required documents

  • Letter of agreement between the building owner and the individual or corporation that has authorized the mural
  • Images that show existing conditions of the site and building 
  • Sketch of the work or photo montage illustrating the project
  • Certificate of authorization issued by the borough

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

Creating, restoring or replacing a mural requires permission from the borough council.

To get permission, visit the Accès Montréal office with all required documents and the completed form found below, write to us or send us an e-mail. Your application is free of charge.

Document

Required documents

  • Photos of the building (including the wall where the facade will be painted)
  • Colour sketch of the mural
  • Planned location for the mural

If applicable: 

  • Permit for temporary occupancy of public property if scaffolding must be put up on public property (sidewalk, park, lane, right-of-way) in order to access the wall where the mural will be painted
  • Authorization from the borough’s Division des parcs if scaffolding will be put up alongside a park

If the mural includes sculpture that is integrated into the wall (bas-relief technique), the project must comply with the National Building Code of Canada and corresponding municipal legislation.

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5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

Inspecteur du domaine public, section graffiti

2140 Madison Avenue
3rd floor
Montréal, QC H4B 2T4

Creating, restoring or replacing a mural requires a permit, also known as a certificate of authorization. 

Eligible applicants

  • Representatives of non-profit organizations that are recognized by the borough.

If you are the owner of a residential or commercial building, an artist, or someone who is simply interested in creating a mural project but who does not have a link with a recognized non-profit organization, contact your borough to find out more. 

Rules

  • Murals are not authorized on historic buildings.
  • They cannot be painted on the primary facade of the building. 
  • Promotional or commercial messages and works of art are prohibited. This prohibition also applies to messages that contain hate speech or racial or sexual intolerance or are political, religious, insulting, aggressive, frightening or discriminatory in nature. 

Fees

(non taxables)

  • Creating a mural: $110
  • Restoration and maintenance of a  mural: $50
  • Creation, restoration or maintenance of a mural, for a non-profit organization: No fee

Document

Required documents

  • Copy of a resolution from the borough council designating a representative to sign an agreement with the city
  • A short portfolio of five works for each artist that will be involved
  • A mockup of the mural
  • Photos of the building in its environment, a front facing view and a photo montage of the wall with the sketch integrated into it
  • Agreement with the wall owner that includes access authorization for city representatives
  • Agreement with the artist
  • A letter of engagement for each person who is participating in the project

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Direction culture, sports, loisirs et développement social de Lachine

2901Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Montréal, QC H8S 4B7

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Find out about conditions to create a mural under the Plateau’s Muralité program (in French).

Before having a mural painted on a private building, you must get a permit, also known as a certificate of authorization.

If the building is is in a zone in which only residential uses are authorized or is a historic or significant building as defined in the urban planning by-law, your application must also be approved by the borough council.

Rules

  • The work of art must not appear on the main entrance to the building.
  • Promotional or commercial messages and works of art are prohibited. This prohibition also applies to messages that contain hate speech or racial or sexual intolerance or are political, religious, insulting, aggressive, frightening or discriminatory in nature. 

Fees

  • Regular fee: $114,50
  • Fee if the occupant is age 65 or older: $57,25
  • Fee for non-profit organizations: None

Financial support program

Each year, the city organizes calls for projects as part of its mural art program.

Required documents

  • Colour photo of the facade where the mural will be painted and a photo montage illustrating the project 
  • Explanation of the theme and presentation of the artist 

If applicable

  • Letter from the building owner authorizing you as representative, if you are not the owner of the building
  • Resolution or signature of all co-owners, if the building is co-owned

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

Payment method

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Before going to the permit counter, please write to [email protected] to make an appointment.

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

Methods of payment

  • Postal money order payable to “Ville de Montréal”
  • Cheque payable to “Ville de Montréal”

Please write your application number on the check. It will be provided to you by email upon receipt of your form.

Legislation

Information coming soon.

Before undertaking your mural painting project, you must discuss it with the borough.

No permit is needed and there are no processing fees.

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6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1E1

Before undertaking a mural painting project, please see the mural art program, which is updated each year.

No permit is needed and there are no processing fees.

Before painting a mural on a private building, particularly if the mural is to be visible from the street, you must contact the permit counter. 

For your application to be processed, you will need:

  • A conversion permit
  • A favourable opinion from the urban planning advisory committee 
  • Permission from the borough council

Required documents

  • Photos of the facade and wall where the mural is to be painted
  • Letter explaining why you want to have a mural painted
  • Certificate of location for the building
  • Quote for the costs of painting the mural

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Permit counter

514-495-6234

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

Payment method

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Works and messages of a promotional or commercial nature are prohibited.

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13665 Boulevard de Pierrefonds
Montréal, QC H9A 2Z4

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Before undertaking a mural painting project, you must discuss it with the borough. 

No permit is needed and there are no processing fees.

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8400 Boulevard Lacordaire
Montréal, QC H1R 3B1

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Communication channels

Voici les informations à fournir :

  • Nom de l’artiste et courte biographie (intention artistique, thématique ainsi que les produits utilisés)
  • Adresse du bâtiment 
  • Autorisation écrite du propriétaire
  • Organisme impliqué, le cas échéant
  • Photo-montage de l’0euvre sur le bâtiment
  • Toutes autres informations pertinentes pour la compréhension du projet

Programme d’art mural

Pour obtenir une lettre d’appui de l’arrondissement et déposer un projet au Programme d’art mural de la Ville de Montréal, faites parvenir votre demande au moins 2 semaines avant la date limite du programme.

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Before undertaking a mural painting project, vous devez obtenir l’autorisation du conseil d’arrondissement.

No permit is needed and there are no processing fees.

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405 Avenue Ogilvy
Suite 111
Montréal, QC H3N 1M3