Commercial and industrial activities
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 211 Kb) (in French only).
Lease costs and conditions
The rent payable for temporary occupation of a lot is $12 per month (full month or part of a month), with a minimum cost of $73.58 (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.
Last update: August 10, 2023