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Adding new wall to divide a room in Montreal. Do I need a permit?

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Adding new wall to divide a room in Montreal. Do I need a permit?

Hi.

I'm looking to add a wall with a door to an existing long room to create a new office space. It would require no electrics or plumbing and is not load-bearing.

I've tried to figure out if this needs a permit but I'm struggling to get an answer.

I've tried contacting the permit office for Ville-Marie in Montreal without any luck and I can't find anything regarding adding new walls and permits online.

Does anyone have any insights?

Many Thanks!
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Technically you should likely get a permit for this, but 90% of people wouldn't bother.

However, you do need to concern yourself with fire codes etc. for egress etc. especially if it were ever to be used as a bedroom. You don't want to be blocking off an escape route in the event of a fire.
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Thanks for the advice. The page was exactly what we were looking for!
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RussellL083 wrote: Thanks for the advice. The page was exactly what we were looking for!
Keep in mind that to pass your building permit inspection, you'll need to meet electrical requirement as well. In your case, a wall typically needs a certain number of outlets on it. Which means an electrical permit and inspection as well.

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plus the room will need two exits ...part of the fire code
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2Riskit wrote: plus the room will need two exits ...part of the fire code
Does a walk in closet need another exit?
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Maybe some Ikea "system" floor to ceiling to divide the room ?
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shabby wrote: Does a walk in closet need another exit?
My bathroom only has one exit. Is the second exit technically through the ceiling fan? Just curious if that’s a thing
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shabby wrote: Does a walk in closet need another exit?
It's an interesting question, because at my last house, I had to have an inspection done on my basement. I had a room in the basement with a window, that also had another room off it, which was about the size of a walk in closet and in fact that's what it basically was. However, the basement window in that room wasn't a legal egress size (so I couldn't call the room a bedroom). The inspector said the closet needed it's own separate exit that didn't go through that other room. If the window in the room was legal egress size, then the closet would have been fine. As it happened, I never did anything about it because the inspector didn't look at that part of the basement the next time he came, although I was prepared to cut a hole in the drywall between the closet and the hallway to satisfy his inspection if needed, and just fill it back in after he was gone.

So, I believe that as long as the walkin closet exits into a room with 2 egress routes, then it is fine.

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