This Department is responsible for dealing with all applications under the Planning Act and the Ontario Building Code. The Department is also responsible for ensuring compliance with Official Plans, Zoning By-laws, other municipal by-laws and the Ontario Building Code.

The Chief Building Official (CBO) is Jim Hunter and his office hours are 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (613) 283-7478.

In addition to the CBO, there are two committees who oversee various aspects of planning and development in the Township. The Building, Planning and Property Committee looks after planning issues and the Committee of Adjustment looks after minor variances and changes of use.

Notice to Property Owners:

As of January 1, 2009, nine (9) different species have been identified, in the Township of Montague, as being 'endangered', 'threatened' or of 'special concern' under the Endangered Species Act, 2007.  Before you carry out any remedial and/or construction work on your property, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are not contravening the Endangered Species Act, 2007.  For more information, please click here.


Severances in Montague are governed by the Lanark County Land Division Committee.  Applications can be picked up at the Township Office, but need to be submitted to the Land Division Committee in Perth.
Basic requirements for severances are that a property must be 1 acre with 46 metres of frontage on a road for residential use on a rural zoned property and 2 hectares for all other permitted uses on rural zoned properties. Other zones may have other requirements. In addition, the Official Plan for the Township states that there can be a maximum of three severances from a property without a plan of subdivision.
If you wish to make preliminary inquiries into the likelihood of having a successful severance, please contact the CBO or the C.A.O.


A building permit is required for any structure measuring more than 100 square feet. A permit may also be required for some renovations and additions - contact the CBO for more information. In addition, permits are required for demolitions, garages, decks, accessory buildings, pools and the installation of a wood stove or outdoor furnace. Below are some guides to help you with your construction as well as the Township's building permit application. The application is a provincially mandated form, so please fill out only those portions that are relevant to your proposed project.

Line Fences Act

The Line Fences Act provides a procedure for the resolution of line fence disputes between owners of adjoining properties. The act does not deal with disputes about fences that are not on a boundary line.

The Line Fences Act is applicable in the following two situations:

  • No fence currently exists at the boundary between the two properties and one owner wants a new fence to be constructed to mark the boundary
  • Where a line fence already exists, and one owner believes that it needs to be reconstructed or repaired

To solve this, property owners can request that the Township assign “fence-viewers” to resolve the dispute and issue a decision.  A fence-viewer can only address two situations which are the following:

  • The appointment of responsibility for the fencing work between the two owners
  • The description of the fence that is to be constructed or reconstructed on the boundary line, including the materials to be used

If you are experiencing a dispute, please contact the Clerk to discuss the problem or receive further information. If a viewing is conducted, ALL costs are to be paid by one or both of the property owners.

However, the Township of Montague encourages property owners to attempt to reach a peaceful solution before contacting the Township to help resolve the issue. 

*Link to OMAFRA Line Fences Guide


These permit applications and guides are all PDF files. Click here to download the free Adobe PDF Reader.