Permits and certificates

PERMIT APPLICATION

 

When submitting a permit application, please expect one to four weeks depending on the type of permit and the number of applications.

According to the current by-law, the maximum deadline for issuing any permit is 60 days. Our agents work hard to deliver them on time.

We also encourage you to plan ahead and avoid waiting until the last minute! An incomplete permit application could lead to further delays.

To file a permit application, please stop by the Town Hall weekdays from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm.


PERMIT RENEWAL
 

A permit may be renewed if it has not expired at the time of the renewal application. It is valid for half of its original validity period.

Permit fee

  • 50% of the initial permit renewal fee

Permit application

  • A list of remaining tasks to be completed is required. No changes to the original permit are allowed.

PERMIT LIST
 

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

  • $50 (refundable deposit of $500)

 

Whirlpool (Spa)

  • $20

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

 

 

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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Use

  • Residential


Permit fee

  •  $250

 

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

Use

  • Residential

 

Permit fee

  • $350 for the first $300,000 of work value + $10 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

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

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Complimentary to residential use (business, bed & breakfast, additional accommodation, horses and alpacas)


Permit fee

  • Initial:  $200
  • Annual:  $75 per year
  • Modifying a certificate of authorization for building occupation:  $100
  • Certificate of authorization for complementary use:  $100

 

Special feature

  • The certificate of use is renewable annually at a fee of $75 (commercial, industrial and institutional only)


Permit application

  • See Article 4.8 of the By-law Number 639-05 Respecting Permits and Certificates

Use

  • All uses

Permit fee

  • $300 ($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.

Definition

Building detached from a main building located on the same lot.  Use of a secondary building is reserved for the storage of goods that complement the primary use.  In no instance must a secondary building be used for residential purposes; however, it may be used occasionally as a dormitory (without sanitation facilities).  Unless otherwise noted in this by-law, in no instance must said building be equipped with sanitation facilities or running water.

 

Use

  • Residential
  • Commercial

 

Permit fee

  • Residential:  $75
  • Commercial:  $200 + $10 for each $1,000 of the total construction cost

 

Surface area

Residential: the maximum floor surface area of all detached secondary buildings

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

Non-residential: the maximum floor surface area of all detached secondary buildings

  • 95 m²

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

Maximum height

  • Maximum height:  6.5 m

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

Use

  • Residential use


Permit fee

  • Base: $20

 

Surface area

  • Maximum surface area:  not applicable if each wall is closed on a maximum surface area of 40%. In excess of 40%, it is considered a secondary building.
  • Maximum height:  6.5 m

 

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


Watercourse

  • 15 m from the high water mark


Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)


Permit application

For all permit applications for construction, modification, transformation, installation or renovation of a building, structure or property for non-residential use, please contact an Information and Permits Officer.

For a demolition request of a building having a value equal to or greater than $50,000, a copy of a civil liability insurance certificate with a minimum value of $1,000,000 issued by a financial institution is required.

Use

  • All uses

Permit fee

  • $50 (refundable deposit of $300) 

Permit application

  • See Article 4.9 of the By-law Number 639-05 Respecting Permits and Certificates.

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • $20

 

Surface area and distances

 

Permit application

You must submit

  • A sketch of your dock to scale
  • The list of materials
  • A copy of your property's site certificate or a plan of your property to scale

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • $20

 

Surface area

  • Maximum height: 2 m


Distances

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

  • Lot line:  Up to line 0

 

Watercourse

  • 5 m from the high water mark

 

Wetland

  • 15 m or 30 m (as the case may be)


Permit application

Use

  • All uses
     

Permit fee

  • $20

 

Railing height

  • If the distance between the patio floor and the finished floor is more than 0.60 m (2 feet), a railing with a minimum height of 0.91 m (36 inches) must be installed.
  • If the distance between the patio floor and the finished floor is more than 1.83 m (6 feet), a railing with a minimum height of 1.07 m (42 inches) must be installed.

 

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

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • Residential:  $50
  • Commercial:  $100 + $10 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:  15 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

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

Residential use

  • $150 for the first $15,000 of work value + $10 for each additional $10,000 of value for a maximum of $600

 

Non-residential use

  • $300 + $10 per $1,000 of total construction costs

 

Special feature

  • For non-structural renovation work, a list of tasks to be completed and photos of the original condition are enough for the permit application. For example:  replacement of windows, cladding, etc.

 

Note

It is, however, unnecessary to obtain a construction permit for painting or for various repairs normally required for building maintenance (eaves, roofs, windows or doors) when said work does not involve modification of the existing structure. Normal maintenance may also be defined as maintenance work costing less than $5,000.

 

Permit application

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 include:

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 information on the specified dimensions of signs according to use, please refer to Section 4.10 of the Zoning By-law Number 636-05.

Permit fee

  • $100 for a new sign (including a temporary sign)
  • $50 for changes to an existing sign


Suface area


Distances

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

  • Lot line:  1.5 m (excluding Centre-Village’s multi-purpose service area)
  • Railway corridor: 1.5 m
  • Route 105:  1.5 m (excluding Centre-Village & Farm Point multi-purpose service areas)
  • Highway A-5:  1.5 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

  • See Article 4.6 of the By-law Number 639-05 Respecting Permits and Certificates

Use

  • Residential

 

Permit fee

  • $350 for the first $300,000 of work value + $10 for each additional $10,000 of value for a maximum of $600
  • Refundable deposit:  $2,000 for a first unit, $1,000 for any subsequent unit

 

Measures

Floor surface area for properties outside the Centre-Village:

  • Minimum floor surface area:  75 m2
  • Maximum floor surface area:

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 authorized height:  12 m

Minimum width of the facade:  6.5 m

 

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

See Article 4.1.1.3 of the Zoning By-law Number 636-05

 

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

Before proceeding with backfill work, contact the Municipality to validate any constraints applicable to your property.


Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • $50
     

Number of driveways

  • Land with less than 45 m of frontage:  1 entrance
  • Land with more than 45 m of frontage:  2 entrances
  • Land bordering two streets:  1 entrance per road is allowed
  • Note: For private roads, permission from the road owner may be required for new access to a property.

 

Distance between each entrance driveways

  • 6 m

 

Maximum width of an entrance driveway

  • 12.19 m (40 feet)
  • The minimum diameter of the culvert is 4.5 m (18 inches). However, this will be confirmed by the Public Works Department before the permit is issued.

 

Authorized materials

  • Galvanized corrugated sheet metal
  • Grooved polyethylene with a smooth inner wall

 

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:  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

  • See Article 4.10 of the By-law Number 639-05 respecting Permits and Certificates

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 recommend that you take a picture before cutting a tree or check with the Municipality.

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

 

Use

  • All uses

 

Permit fee

  • $50

 

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.


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

  • See Article 4.11 of the By-law Number 639-05 Respecting Permits and Certificates

Use

All uses


Permit fee

  • $20

 

Height of the railing or low wall

  • If the distance between the patio floor and the finished floor is greater than 0.60 m (2 feet), a railing with a minimum height of 0.91 m (36 inches) must be installed.
  • If the distance between the patio floor and the finished floor is greater than 1.83 m (6 feet), a railing with a minimum height of 1.07 m (42 inches) must be installed.


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

Wall opening

  • Each wall must have a 60% open surface area.


Permit application

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.

 

Permit application form for an underground water withdrawal facility.

 

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

  • $100 (refundable deposit of $300)


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

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

Use

  • All uses


Permit fee

  • $200


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

  • See Article 4.5 of the By-law Number 639-05 Respecting Permits and Certificates

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.

Information

Planning and Sustainable Development Department