Permits & Approvals


We would like to remind all builders, contractors and residents in the Township that our building staff are available for inquiries and for permit applications. We are also available for zoning inquiries. The Township of Montague will continue to review plans and issue permits, where appropriate, in compliance with the emergency order issued on April 4th, 2020. The Township will be issuing permits for future construction and building projects with the understanding that it is the contractors responsibility to comply with the current emergency order.

The emergency order provides limitations on the types of construction activities allowed in the township. It can be found here. The order allows for the maintenance and repair of residential, institutional and commercial spaces and the continuation of construction projects issued permits prior to April 4th, 2020.

Inspections will not be carried out on non-compliant construction projects. Any non-compliant construction may need to be uncovered for inspection after the ban is lifted. It is the responsibility of the contractor to not start construction on projects that did not receive a permit before 11:59 pm April 4, 2020.

Please note that the current situation is subject to change, given the COVID-19 situation, further Provincial Orders and other Township decisions. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

Building Permits

A building permit is required for any structure measuring more than 108 square feet (10 sqm), including farm structures. All fees must be paid prior to commencement of any construction.

Building Permits are required for:

  • any free standing structures over 100 sq. ft.
  • additions to existing structures over 100 sq. ft.
  • garages,
  • decks,
  • plumbing or alterations to plumbing
  • both residential and commercial renovations/alterations
  • accessory buildings,
  • swimming pools, and
  • the installation of a wood stove or outdoor furnace, and
  • demolitions.

If you are thinking about a construction project, we recommend you contact the building department in your early planning stages so we can help identify the steps for your consideration and this will avoid any potential costly delays and disappointments.

We wish to emphasize that the Building Department enforces the Ontario Building Code. Questions concerning Zoning or land use By-Laws should be directed to the Planning Department and any questions concerning property drainage and grading should be directed to the Public Works Department.

Building/Demolition Permits may also be picked up at the township office.

Entrance Permits

New Home? An entrance permit must be in place either from the Province, the County of Lanark or the Township of Montague Public Works Department prior to the issuance of a building permit. Final inspection of the entrance must be completed before occupancy is permitted in new construction projects.

Septic Permits

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit must be contacted to determine the septic requirements for all new single‐family dwellings and most additions to existing dwellings.

Development Charges

UseDevelopment Charge
(per dwelling unit)
Single Detached Dwelling$3,248.00
Attached Dwelling$2,979.00
Mobile Home$2,569.00
(per M2 of GFA)
Applies to all categories except enlargements of existing industrial buildings of 50% of the GFA or less. For enlargements of existing industrial buildings that are greater than 50%, a charge is applied only to the amount that exceeds 50%.$7.52 per M2
Charge determined as per nature of use, i.e. Residential components charged according to class of use and other components charged as per commercial/industrial rate.

A By-law to license, regulate and govern chip wagons and mobile canteens in the Township of Montague.

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Township of Montague

6547 Roger Stevens Drive
P.O. Box 755
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4W6

Phone: 613‑283‑7478

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.