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 178 Kb) (in French only). See the section on costs and conditions of the application for instructions.

Lease costs and conditions

The rent payable for temporary occupation of a lot is $11 per month (full month or part of a month), with a minimum cost of $67.84 (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 may build a rough shelter (see the definition in the section Rough shelter lease in the forest)
  • 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.

Questions about public land

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Last update: September 22, 2021

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