Urban Planning Advisory Committee (CCU)

At the regular council meeting of December 3, 2019, the Municipal Council adopted regulation nos. 381-19 to 388-19. These by-laws will only come into effect at the end of the adoption process, following receipt of the Certificate of Compliance from the MRC Brome-Missisquoi. The process of adoption is, therefore, not yet finished. Public notices posted at the town hall and in the local newspaper, Le Guide, will inform citizens of the next steps to be taken.

The following by-laws are available for consultation:

# 381-19    Plan d’urbanisme

# 382-19    Règlement de zonage

# 383-19    Règlement de lotissement

# 384-19    Règlement de construction

# 385-19    Règlement relatif au PIIA

# 386-19    Règlement relatif au PAE

# 387-19    Règlement relatif aux dérogations mineures

# 388-19    Règlement relatif aux permis et aux certificats

*** Documents are available for consultation at the Town Hall of Dunham during office hours.

The committee is mandated by the Council in order to provide it with recommendations on all questions regarding urban planning and land development. In this way, it is necessarily consulted for all minor derogation requests in the municipality’s territory.

This way of proceeding has the advantage of getting citizens involved in the decision-making process. They can then bring their life experience into the community, as well as their preoccupations regarding urban planning.

Currently, the members of the CCU are:

Gaston Chamberland, town councillor and president
Maguy Carpentier, town councillor
Emmanuelle Titley, citizen
Michel Leblanc, citizen
Jean-Philippe Vermette, citizen

The municipal inspector acts as a resource person.

Over the next few months, the CCU and the town council will address an in-depth overhaul of the urban planning regulations (zoning, subdivision, construction, minor derogations, implementation and integration to architecture, etc.) in order to make sure of its accordance with the provisions of the land use development plan of the Brome-Missisquoi RCM, to enhance it, and to bring it up to date. This overhaul will be carried out over several months. A procedure of public consultation is planned.

As soon as they come into effect, the new rules will be put up on line for simplified consultation.

You’ll find the municipal regulation pertaining to urban planning in this section.

Work requiring a permit

  • Building construction work
  • Building expansion work
  • Building renovation work
  • Building modification work
  • Water catchment work
  • Septic systems
  • Subdivision operations

Work requiring a certificate of authorization

  • Opening of an establishment
  • Building demolition
  • Building relocation
  • All work involving a pool or a hot tub
  • Installation of a fence or a low wall
  • Construction, installation or modification of a sign (permanent or temporary)
  • Landscaping projects in riverside and shoreline areas
  • Tree-cutting
  • Parking lot development

To get more information from the town inspector.

Phone: 450 295-2418, extension 27


Special authorization required for residents living near a pipeline

Special authorization is necessary if you are planning to do some work near a pipeline that crosses through the territory of our municipality, since the pipeline might even cross through your property.

Contact Montreal Pipe Line Limited for further information: 514 645-8797
Consult the article concerning the precautions to take when carrying out work near pipelines.

Documents required to obtain a permit

The first step in obtaining a permit is to complete a permit application. In general, you must provide as much information as possible concerning your project to the inspector so that he is able to process your application.

  • For the construction of a main building, a layout plan done by a surveyor is required. For the construction of an accessory building, only a rough sketch is required.
  • For all projects costing over $100,000, a plan done by an architect is required. For projects at a lower cost, only a construction sketch is required.

Septics systems

  • A percolation report is obligatory in order to determine the septic systems necessary for the construction of a new main building if that building isn’t served by the sewer system.

Drilling a well

  • the projected location of the well
  • the type of well
  • the name of the well driller
  • an estimation of the drilling cost


  • Concerns any tree over 10 centimetres in diameter to 1.2 metres from the ground
  • Any tree in the urban perimeter, on either side of a road or highway to a depth of 15 metres
  • Any tree located in a riverside buffer strip

Garage sales

  • Limit of two per year for each civic address
  • Allowed only:
    • on Journée nationale des patriotes (Victoria Day) weekend or the week after
    • on Labour Day weekend or the week after
  • No permit required (regulations must be respected)


  • One single garage is permitted on a property of under 1,500 m² (16,145 ft²)
  • Two garages (one attached and one detached) are permitted on a property of over 1,500 m²
  • The maximum area of a garage depends on the size of the property
  • The location must be approved by the inspector
  • The outer facing must match up with that of the main building

Artisanal greenhouses

  • Two greenhouses are permitted on each property
  • The maximum area is 40 m² (430 ft²)
  • They must be over two metres from the main building and from the rear and side boundaries of the property

Link to PDF


  • Two sheds are permitted per residential building
  • Maximum area of 24 m² (258 ft²)
  • The location must be approved by the inspector
  • The outer facing must match up with that of the main building

Link to PDF

Temporary car shelters (Tempo)

  • Allowed during the period of October 15 to May 15
  • No permit required (the location must respect certain standards)

Stray dogs

The Town of Dunham wishes to minimize the risks caused by stray household pets. We would like to remind you about articles 6 and 7 of by-law no. 299-10 relative to animal control, which stipulate that:

“Each animal must be kept on a leash at all times when it is outside the property limits of its Guardian. In addition, it is prohibited for a person to let his or her household pet roam freely on a neighbouring property or on public property.”

Within the meaning of the by-law, is considered a dangerous dog “any dog that, outside the property containing the dwelling of its Guardian, demonstrates aggression toward a person or another animal, without provocation, by showing its teeth or by acting in any other way that indicates that said dog could bite or attack a person or an animal.”

We encourage you to inform the municipality if you notice a stray dog, especially when you feel that it looks dangerous. At any time, you can contact the Sûreté du Québec at 310-4141.

In order to limit potential incidents, do not approach a stray dog that seems dangerous to you. It is better to change direction so as to avoid any contact with the animal.