| The following list is provided for information
purposes, to help you make more enlightened choices. Don't forget:
you must apply for authorization from Québec's Ministère
de la Culture et des Communications as well as permits from the City
of Montréal. You must then wait for the authorization and
permits before purchasing your materials or beginning work.
list of restrictions on repair/renovation work
- Sinking of anchors directly into masonry (especially
for purposes of installing a non-permanent element, such
as a sign).
- Installation of lighting that is inappropriate or contravenes the Old
- Replacement of original wooden doors and windows with
metal or vinyl substitutes.
- Alterations to the dimensions of openings (doors and
- Addition of extra floors or other elements that alter
the shape of the building.
- Installation of visible equipment, e.g., antennas, air conditioning units, ventilation grilles or ducts.
- Installation of asphalt shingles to replace an older
- Use of the following materials: prepainted steel, vinyl,
plastic, exposed treated lumber.
- Fitting out of rooftop terraces visible from certain
angles at street level.
- Construction of a penthouse visible from street level.
- Alterations to the profile of an original cornice.
- Installation of signage that harms or hinders the "reading" of
the building or its historical context (e.g., a banner,
pennant, flag, poster on board, parasol with advertising
- Creation of a sign painted on the masonry.
- Installation of neon signs or neon window accents.
- Installation of Christmas lighting (except during the
- Posting of advertising (product brand).
- Display of merchandise in doorways visible to the public.
- Excessive display of merchandise in windows.
- Installation of a signboard in a window or on the building
façade (e.g.,: "50%
OFF", "Festival du homard", "ATM inside")–especially if the sign becomes a permanent
- Installation of an awning that does not respect the shape of the façade
openings or that hides façade elements.
- Inscription, lettering or logo covering the entire surface
of an awning (advertising must be on the border of the
- Painting of masonry elements (e.g., steps, foundation,
- Cleaning of masonry by sandblasting or high-pressure
- Repairs to old masonry using inappropriate mortar.
- Painting using garish colours (prefer neutral colours
such as black, beige and grey, or earth/garden tones).
- Use of more than two colours of paint over an entire façade: prefer a
single colour for all woodwork around openings (doors and windows).
- Installation of exterior carpeting.
- Stripping of wood surfaces to bare or varnished wood.