Temporary occupation of public land

The notion of “temporary occupation” refers to a use of public land that lasts for less than 12 months. Enterprises and industries must first ensure that they are in compliance with current rules in order to obtain a right of temporary occupation.

Temporary occupation licence

A temporary occupation licence allows you to occupy public land for a period of less than 12 months. For example, it would allow you to:

  • install a mobile home
  • temporarily store materials or machinery
  • organize an activity
  • install measurement or data collection devices

To obtain a temporary occupation licence, you must submit an application to use public land (PDF 248 Kb) (in French only).

Lease costs and conditions

The rent payable for temporary occupation of a lot is $13 per month (full month or part of a month), with a minimum cost of $75.88 (including GST and QST). Exceptionally, no administrative fee is charged to open a file.

As the lessee, you must comply with the following conditions:

  • You cannot build a permanent structure.
  • You cannot place a non-functional vehicle on the lot.

Rights and obligations

The temporary occupation licence entitles you to use public land for a pre-determined period. 

In exchange, you undertake to comply with the following rules, in addition to all current legislation, regulations and by-laws:

  • The site may be used solely for the purposes stated on the licence. 
  • Where applicable, you must obtain all the permits, licences and other authorizations required for your project.
  • At the end of the rental period, you must restore the site to its former condition by: 
    • removing garbage;
    • removing all buildings, facilities and works from the site;
    • levelling the site if fill or excavation work was carried out.

Please note that other conditions may apply, depending on the type of occupation.

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Last update: April 2, 2024


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