Permits and certificates

 

IMPORTANT

 The team is currently receiving a large volume of permit requests. For this reason, response time are 10 business days. In addition, please allow up to 60 days for your permit to be processed, and this, according to the regulations in effect.

Please note that during the high season additional delays may occur. Don't wait until the last minute!

 

Online permit application
 

The Municipality is currently working on the implementation of a new citizen platform, which will include online permits. For this reason, only the watering permit is currently available online via the Voilà platform.

For all other requests, please refer to the procedure below.

 

How to apply for a permit or certificate application

1- Select the appropriate permit form and complete the required fields.

2- Send the completed form, signed and accompanied by the required supporting documents, to the following e-mail address permis@chelsea.ca . The list of documents to be submitted can be found at the end of each permit application form. 

At any time during the process, the Planning and Sustainable Development Department may ask you to provide other information or documents deemed necessary to have a clear idea of the project submitted.   


Incomplete applications will be refused.

 

3- Your permit application will then be subjected to a pre-analysis.

If your application is incomplete, we will contact you to inform you of the next steps.
If your application is accepted, an invoice will be sent by e-mail. 

Significant additional time may be required if your application requires the advice of various municipal committees and the approval of the Municipal Council.

4- To pay the invoice, please come by Town Hall. Accepted methods of payment are:

  • Debit or credit card
  • Cash
  • Cheque

Make sure you have your invoice in hand. No payment will be accepted without an invoice. 


From the moment payment is received, the designated municipal employee has 60 days to issue or, if necessary, refuse a permit. If the invoice is unpaid, the permit will not be issued.

5- Once your application has been processed, it will be determined whether the permit can be issued. If so, it will be sent by e-mail. If not, you will be informed of the options available. 

During the summer season, additional delays may occur.

 

 


Permit list

 

The conditions and documents to be provided with your application are listed below, according to the type of permit you want. 


 

Work intended to increase the floor area or volume of a main building.

Use

  • Residential

 

Permit fee

  • $360 for the first $300,000 of work value + $11 for each additional $10,000 of value for a maximum of $600


Surface area

 

Maximum floor surface area for properties located outside Centre-village

 

Surface area of property or lot

Maximum floor surface area of main building

4,000 m2 and over

 

3,500 m2 to 3,999 m2

2,750 ft2 (255 m2)

3,000 m2 to 3,499 m2

2,500 ft2 (232 m2)

2,500 m2 to 2,999 m2

2,000 ft2 (185 m2)

2,000 m2 to 2,499 m2

1,750 ft2 (162 m2)

1,500 m2 to 1,999 m2

1,500 ft2 (139 m2)

1,000 m2 to 1,499 m2

1,250 ft2 (116 m2)

999 m2 or less

Reconstruction or expansion will be permitted on properties of 999 m2 or less if a structure was in place prior to 6 April 1999. In this case, the maximum floor surface area is 1,200 ft2 (1111 m2).

 

Maximum floor surface area for properties located in the Centre-village

 

Maximum floor surface area for an attached garage

  • Land of less than 4,000 m²:  50 m²
  • Land of more than 4,000 m²:  n/a

 

Distances

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding the Centre-Village multi-purpose service area)
  • Railroad:  20 m
  • Route 105:  20 m (excluding the Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  4.5 m 

*Important:  Distance may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-Village.

 

Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m


Well

  • 3 m


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high water mark


Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)


Permit application

 

 

Application Form

A permit is required for any indoor or outdoor pool (permanent or temporary) designed for swimming, bathing and other aquatic entertainment having a depth of at least 60 cm.

Before purchasing your pool, contact the Municipality to validate the constraints applicable to your property.

Use

  • Residential

 

Permit fee

Above-ground or in-ground swimming pool

  • $60 (refundable deposit of $515)

 

Whirlpool (Spa)

  • $27

Fence surrounding a pool

Above-ground pool

  • If the above-ground pool wall exceeds 1.22 m in height, over a width of 1.22 m, an additional fence is not required (see sketch 1 below).

 

In-ground swimming pool

  • Fence height:
    • Minimum:  1.22 m
    • Maximum:  2 m

The fence surrounding an in-ground pool must be installed 2 m away from the water basin.


Distances

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding the Centre-Village multi-purpose service area)
  • Railroad:  10 m
  • Route 105:  10 m (excluding the Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  10 m 

*Important:  Distance may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-Village.

 

-Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m


Well

  • 3 m


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high water mark

 

Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)

 

Specific features

  • All equipment (motor, filter, etc.) must be located at one metre away from the pool wall.
  • All access to an above-ground pool by a ladder must be retractable and locked when not in use.
  • Access to the pool can be from a terrace attached to the residence and arranged if the part opening onto the pool is protected by an enclosure (fence) having the above-mentioned characteristics. In addition, the access must be equipped with an automatic closing device, a latch and a lock on the poolside.

 

Permit application

 

 

 

Above Ground Pool Permit

Required documents :

  • Completed application form
  • Implementation plan to scale

Application Form

 

 

Inground Pool Permit

Required documents :

  • Completed application form
  • Implementation plan to scale
  • Plan containing fence location information

 

Application Form

 

Hot tub

Required documents :

Application Form

 

 

 

 

 

SKETCH 1 - DISTANCE FOR FENCE AND RAILINGS FOR ABOVE-GROUND POOLS

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SKETCH 2 - WROUGHT-IRON FENCE

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SKETCH 3 - DISTANCE BETWEEN IN-GROUND POOL AND FENCE

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SKETCH 4 - CHAIN LINK FENCE

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SKETCH 5 - LOCATION OF INGROUND POOL FENCE

 

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Also referred to as a bi-generational, it consists of a dwelling unit located within a detached single-family dwelling, developed in accordance with the requirements of this by-law. An additional dwelling unit is not a separate dwelling unit from the single-family dwelling. If a septic system is present and the number of bedrooms increases, you will be required to apply for a septic system alteration permit.

Use

  • Residential


Permit fee

  •  $260

 

Surface area

  • Maximum floor surface including outside walls:  80 m²


Distances

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding the Centre-Village multi-purpose service area)
  • Railway corridor:  20 m
  • Route 105:  20 m (excluding the Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  4.5 m 

*Important:  Distances may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-Village.

 

Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m


Well

  • 3 m


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high-water mark


Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)

 

Specific feature

  • Cannot be detached from the main building and cannot be built inside a secondary building.

 

Permit application

 

 

Application Form

The objective of By-law No. 12-RM-01 is to regulate the installation and operation of alarm systems.

A permit is required to install and maintain an alarm system.  The permit is free.

As of January 2013, it is the MRC’s police that is in charge of alarm permits.

For any questions or additional information, contact the Police of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais or fill out the form.

To get a burning permit, contact the Fire Department at 819-827-6200 or incendie@chelsea.ca,  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

There is no fee for these permits. However, burning regulations are in place.

 

Safety tips

  • Supervise the fire at all times. 
  • Maintain a distance of 50 feet (15 m) from all buildings.
  • Maintain a distance of 15 feet (4.5 m) from your property line. 
  • Inform your neighbours. 
  • Make sure the fire doesn't pose a nuisance to your neighbours. In the event of a complaint, the Chelsea Fire Department will request that the fire be extinguished. 
  • Do not burn any construction materials, household waste, tires, or chemicals. 
  • Do not burn in strong winds. 
  • Have a hose ready to use near the fire. 
  • Soak the ashes with water after the fire is out. 
  • Call 911 in case of loss of control 

Use

  • All uses

Permit fee

  • $310 ($500 refundable deposit)

Permit application

 

Take note that a water meter must be installed at the taxpayer's expense, and it must be obtained at Town Hall. The fee for a meter varies according to the size required.

 

 

Application Form

Use

  • Residential

 

Permit fee

  • $620
  • Refundable deposit:  $2,000 for a first unit, $1,000 for any subsequent unit

 

 

Maximum area floor surface for properties located in the Centre-village

See the Zoning By-law Number 1215-22

 

Maximum authorized height:  12 m

Minimum width of the facade:  None

 

Distances

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding the Centre-Village multi-purpose service area)
  • Railroad:  20 m
  • Route 105:  20 m (excluding the Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  4.5 m 

*Important:  Distances may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-village.

Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m

 

Well

  • 3 m

 

Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high water mark

 

Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)

 

Permit application

 

This application must include the following documents: 

  • Single Family Residential Construction Application Form
  • Septic System Permit Application Form
  • Well Permit Application Form (if required)
  • Site planning mandate by a land surveyor (if required)
  • Site plan by a land surveyor (if required)
  • Construction plans to scale signed and sealed by an architectural technologist (2 copies)
  • Septic installation report

 

Application Form

 

The construction, installation, or expansion of an accessory building, assembled on-site or prefabricated, such as:

  • Carport
  • Detached garage
  • Attached garage
  • Gazebo/pergola
  • Shed
  • Veranda, etc.

 

Application form

To apply for a permit to demolish a main building, you must first apply to the Demolition Request Committee, before submitting a permit application.

To submit a request to the committee, click here and follow the steps.

For the demolition permit application form, click here.

 

 

 

For additional information on the docks, please contact the Environment Department by e-mail at environnement@chelsea.ca or by telephone at 819 827-1124 ext. 240.

 

Application Form

A fence can be built on a common property line. You are invited to consult the Quebec government's Web link on fences and common walls.

 

Application form

 

Chelsea's Municipal Council approved a two-year pilot project in October 2020 to allow the rearing of laying hens in residential areas for non-commercial purposes.

If you are interested in participating, please read the by-law carefully.

 

 

Permits and Certificates of Authorization

You must first obtain a building permit for the pen and hen house. Once an inspector has come to your home to confirm that your construction plan is compliant, you will be able to apply for a certificate for the keeping of laying hens.

 

Usage

  • Residential

 

Price  

  • Building permit: free for the duration of the pilot project

  • Certificate of authorization for the keeping of chickens: $20

Documents required for permit and certificate:

  • Completed application form
  • Two (2) copies of a proposed implementation plan indicating the following:
    • The location of the hen house, pen, backyard compost bin, and any other proposed structures
    • The location of existing buildings, structures,  wells, and septic systems
    • The location of watercourses, natural high water marks and wetlands, and flood risk areas (if applicable)
    • Driveway and parking area
    • High voltage power transmission line (if applicable)
    • Setbacks
    • The distance between the elements listed above
  • Two (2) copies of the construction plans (elevations with dimensions and height, cross-sections, details, and specifications) giving a clear idea of the project and its use. These plans must be drawn to a scale acceptable to the administering authority.
  • An estimate of the probable cost of the work.
  • For a construction permit in a landslide area as identified by Zoning By-law Number 636-05, an engineer's report containing the information required under section 4.11 of said By-law 636-05 (if applicable).
  • The estimated date of the start and end of the work.
  • The number of hens that will be kept.
  • Any other information or document deemed necessary by the administering authority in order to have a clear idea of the submitted project.

 

Standards to respect

Are you interested in keeping laying hens? Here are the main points to remember.

  • The lots on which hens are allowed are: single-family detached, semi-detached and row houses with a minimum lot size of 700 m².
  • A minimum of three and a maximum of five hens are allowed per property.
  • The hens must always be kept inside a hen house and a screened outdoor enclosure.
  • Only one hen house and one pen are allowed per property.

 

It is prohibited to:

  • Keep one or more chickens inside a dwelling unit
  • Keep one or more hens in a cage
  • Keep or own a rooster or roosters
  • Keep one or more chicks
  • Sell eggs, meat, manure or other substances from hens

 

Application form

 

An outdoor surface, either on the ground or raised, usually consists of a wood floor, a poured-in-place concrete slab, or concrete pavers or slabs. May be surrounded by a railing and may be protected by a roof. May communicate with an interior room through a door or patio door and may have an exterior staircase.

 

Application Form

 

Any renovation, repair, alteration, or modification work on a primary building of more than $5,000 must be subject to a renovation permit. If your project includes the structural addition, you must obtain an addition of a primary building permit.

 

Application Form

 

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • Residential:  $60
  • Commercial:  $105 + $11 per $1,000 of the total construction cost

 

Surface area

Residential

  • Land of less than 4 000 m²:  75 m²
  • Land of more than 4 000 m²:  95 m²


Other than residential

Maximum floor surface area for all detached secondary buildings:  95 m².

 

Maximum area floor space for properties located in the Centre-Village


Distances

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding the Centre-Village multi-purpose service area)
  • Railroad:  20 m
  • Route 105:  20 m (excluding the Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  45 m 

*Important:  Distances may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-Village.


Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m


Well

  • 3 m


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high-water mark


Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)

 

Special feature

  • The maximum authorized surface area includes the total of all detached secondary buildings on the property


Permit application

 

 

Application Form

You must apply for a permit before starting any septic installation work on the Municipality of Chelsea’s territory.  This obligation applies to the construction of a complete septic system, as well as partial work such as the installation of a holding tank, the replacement of a septic tank or corrections to an existing septic bed.  

Your request must be sent to septique@chelsea.ca and be accompanied by:

If the septic system has a flow rate of 3,240 litres or more per day, a request for s certificate of authorization from the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change is required.

For details on the fees and standards to be respected, we invite you to consult our page on septic systems.

For more information on short-term rental, please visit the dedicated web page.

It is permitted to install a temporary winter shelter between the dates of October 15 and April 15 of the following year.

No permit is required; however, it is important to follow the guidelines listed below.

 

Use

  • All uses

Permit fee

  • 0$
     

Surface area:

 

Setbacks* (from the right-of-way or property line)

  • Lot line:  4.5 m (excluding Centre-Village’s multi-purpose service area)
  • Railroad:  4.5 m
  • Route 105:  4.5 m (excluding Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  4.5 m

 

*Important:  Distances may be reduced if your property is located in the Centre-village.

 

Septic

  • Septic tank:  1.5 m
  • Septic bed:  5 m


Well

  • 3 m


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high-water mark


Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)

 

In all the territory of the Municipality of Chelsea, it is prohibited to cut trees with a trunk over ten (10) centimetres in diameter measured at thirty (30) centimetres from the ground level.

It is authorized to cut down a tree without a permit in the following circumstances:

  • Trees are dead
  • Trees are suffering from a disease
  • Trees threaten the safety of people
  • Trees are detrimental to the growth and well-being of a neighbouring tree
  • Trees cause damage to public or private property,
  • Trees cause damage to foundations, property, underground pipes or sidewalks or paving by their roots
  • Trees’ roots cause damage to foundations or the property, underground pipes or sidewalks or pavements.

We strongly recommend that you take a photo before cutting, or contact the Environment Department by e-mail at environnement@chelsea.ca or by phone at 819 827-1124 ext. 240.

It is prohibited to cut down healthy trees without obtaining a certificate of authorization for tree cutting.

 

Tree cutting authorized for a new structure

Following the issuance of a permit for the structure concerned, logging must be confined solely to the area in need of development, including a perimeter of a maximum width of five metres around the proposed structures.  This is always on condition that logging takes place outside the lateral and rear setbacks provided in the specifications grid.  The felling of trees within these setbacks is only authorized for the installation of a septic system, a well and for the structures or constructions listed in Sub-section 4.4.7 of this by-law.

 

Permit fee

  • $55


Distances

No tree cutting is authorized in setbacks, including stream and wetland protection strips and landslide areas.

An exception applies to the cases mentioned above or in the case of a septic installation or a catchment work (well).

Permit application

Site preparation includes:

  • Construction or modification of a driveway
  • Installation of a culvert
  • Backfill/clearance

A Site Preparation Permit does not permit the cutting of trees or grading of land for the construction of a principal building without first obtaining a Residential Building Permit.

 

Application Form

 

 

To build a new underground water withdrawal facility, replace or modify an existing structure, it is mandatory to apply for a permit. This obligation applies to new residential construction and to the replacement of any type of catchment (tube or surface well) to serve an existing building. Facilities for geothermal purposes are also subject to a permit application.

 

Use

  • All uses

If the well services more than 20 people or has a flow rate of 75,000 litres or more per day, an application for a certificate of authorization is required from the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climage Change.


Permit fee

New well:

  • $105

Deepening of a well :

  • 105 $


Distances

Setbacks

An open space of 3 m is required around a well.

  • Well type:  unsealed
    • Any construction:  3 m
    • Lot line: 3 m
    • Septic tank : 15 m
    • Septic bed: 30 m
       
  • Well type : sealed
    • Any construction : 3 m
    • Lot line: 3 m
    • Septic tank : 15 m
    • Septic bed : 15 m


Permit application

 

 

Application Form

For all requests for a certificate of authorization for work in riparian zones, please contact the Environment Department by e-mail at environnement@chelsea.ca or by telephone at 819 827-1124, ext. 240.

No work is permitted in the riparian protection zone or in a wetland without prior approval from the Municipality.

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • $220


Distances

Riparian protection strip

  • 15 m or less from the high-water mark

Wetland protection strip

  • 30 m or less from the high-water mark

 

Permit fee

Disclaimer of liability

The information on this page does not replace the official regulations of the Municipality of Chelsea. In the event of any discrepancy between the official texts and the information published on the website, the official texts shall always take precedence.

This page was last updated on April 24, 2023

 

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