Urban Planning

In the Municipal By-Laws section, folder consult the regulations pertaining to Urban Planning .


  • A permit is required for each road vehicle carrying out landscaping works within the territory of the City of Beaconsfield. A road vehicle is defined as a vehicle used for landscaping purposes that pulls (or not) a trailer and its contents.

    To obtain this permit, you must file a written request with the Urban Planning and Municipal Patrol Department. You must fill out a request containing the following information and documents:

    • The surname, given name, address, telephone number and email address of the owner of any road vehicle to be used by a landscape contractor in the territory of the City
    • The trade mark, model, year and copy of the registration certificate of any road vehicle to be used by the landscape contractor in the territory of the City
    • Proof of insurance for each road vehicle
    • If necessary, a copy of the declaration of registration of the landscape contractor, in the register of sole proprietorships, partnerships and legal persons
    • If the landscape contractor is a legal person, the address of its head office and a copy of the incorporation documents of the said legal person
    • Proof of public liability insurance
    • The payment of $50 in cash or by certified cheque for each road vehicle to be used by the landscape contractor on the territory of the City. For 2015, no payment will be charged.
    • Stickers must be affixed on the upper left corner of the rear window of the road vehicle concerned and must be visible from the street. For 2015, no stickers will be issued.

    Please refer to By-Law BEAC-093 Pertaining to Landscaping Contractors

    Should we notice contravention to this by-law, statement of offence will be issued immediately. Any infraction is liable to a maximum fine of $4,000. 

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Online PermitrableTree Policy

Consult the documents about tree planting and felling regulations. See By-Laws section

PROTECTING OUR TREES Click here to download our Tree Policy
It is prohibited to fell any tree located on private property within the territory of the Beaconsfield without having first obtained a permit for this purpose.

A certificate of authorization can be issued in the following circumstances:

  1. the tree is dead or has an irreversible disease;
  2. the tree is dangerous to the health or safety of citizens;
  3. the tree or the roots cause noticeable damage to the property;
  4. the tree impedes new construction or landscaping authorized under the zoning by-law;
  5. the tree impedes the growth of other surrounding trees as part of a grove;
  6. the tree must be felled to allow execution of municipal works.

In all cases, the applicant must justify the request. If the tree is not more than 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter measured at a height of 1.5 m (5 ft.) from the ground, an authorization is not required.

The owner, not the City of Beaconsfield, is responsible for collection of the branches and trunk of a felled tree.

Every tree that is felled must be replaced on the property on the condition that there is sufficient space to plant the tree.

Every tree located on a private landsite for which a building permit has been issued and the felling of which has not been authorized, must have its trunk protected with boards to a minimum height of 2 metres placed at the location determined as the protection perimeter and left in place for the duration of the work (construction, renovation, landscaping, in-ground pool).

Click here to consult list of tree species (PDF available in French only)



advisory commitee people meetingThe Planning Advisory Committee's mandate is to study and submit recommendations to the municipal Council on any questions regarding planning, zoning, as well as opinions on any comprehensive development program, on any plans concerning site planning, integration and architecture of constructions or the development of the land and related work and on any request for a minor exemption.

The Demolition request process – How it works
Anyone wishing to demolish a building or a part of a building (33% or more of volume of the existing building) must obtain a  demolition permit. The person must apply in writing, supply information, plans and pictures to the City along with their name, address, what work they propose to do, their costs and duration.

The City designates an expert who prepares an inspection report on the condition of the building.  Once the file is complete, it is sent to the Demolition Committee within 10 days.  At that point, the City Clerk publishes a notice in the local paper, in English and French and a sign is posted in front on the property to be demolished. Then the population has their say.  Anyone opposed to the demolition can, within 10 days, object in writing to the City Clerk.  

The Demolition Committee holds a hearing and decides publicly within 30 days of receiving the request.  It considers the condition of the building, the deterioration of the architectural appearance, the aesthetic character, the quality of life in the neighbourhood, the cost of the restoration, the intended use of the land, the objections and any other relevant criterion.

It must approve the request, if it is in the public and parties best interest.  It may impose conditions, such as require the protection of certain parts of the building or site features.

The parties involved are notified of the decision but the permit is not issued for 30 days, which allows time for any appeal to Council.  The only exceptions are if the building is unsanitary or can no longer serve the purpose for which it was built.