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A specific construction, alteration or occupancy proposal for an immovable (SCAOPI) is a regulatory tool that allows the municipal Council to authorize a proposal that deviates from the City's planning by-laws, without having to modify the standards established for a sector or for the entire territory.

It is particularly well-suited to large-scale projects, or those that present a number of complexities due to their characteristics or the environment in which they are to be inserted.

It differs from a zoning change in that it applies to a specific lot (or lots), per proposal, whereas a zoning change applies to an entire zone.


Steps in the adoption of the SCAOPI

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If the proposal requires demolition in whole or in part, it may be subject to the Demolition By-law.

The proposal must meet the criteria set out in the SCAOPI By-law 728.

The municipal council may accept or refuse a request for authorization of a proposal submitted to it in accordance with the by-law, after first obtaining the opinion of the departments concerned and the Urban Planning Advisory Committee (CCU).

A request for a specific proposal is evaluated according to the following criteria (taken from the by-law):

  • compliance with the City of Montreal's urban development plan
  • compatibility of the uses provided in the proposal with the surrounding environment
  • the quality of proposal for integrating or demolishing existing structures
  • the quality of proposal for preserving or enhancing original architectural features
  • the quality of proposal for enhancing outdoor spaces and planted areas
  • where necessary, the proposal’s environmental aspects, particularly in terms of sunlight, wind, noise, emissions and traffic as mentioned in section 7
  • the quality of the proposal’s functional organization, particularly in terms of parking, access and safety
  • the benefits of the social and cultural components of the proposal


To apply for a SCAOPI or to learn more about the procedure, please contact the Urban Planning Department of the City of Beaconsfield. 


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Lobbying Transparency and ethics act

In order to guarantee the quality and integrity of a decision regarding any request of a discretionary nature, the City, as a public office holder and partner in the application of the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act (R.S.Q., c. T-11.011), must ensure compliance with this law. All oral or written communications with a public office holder that may influence a decision (e.g.: requesting a meeting or sending an e-mail with arguments intended to influence a decision, etc.) constitute lobbying activities within the meaning of this Act and must be declared in the Lobbyists Registry.