Authorization exemption

Water property in the domain of the State may, under certain conditions, be occupied free of charge without authorization from the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.

An owner of shoreline property adjacent to water property in the domain of the State or their authorized assignee may, without authorization from the  Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, occupy a parcel of the facing State water property free of charge. Exceptions to this include:

  • Platforms
  • Docks
  • Footbridges
  • Boathouses 

Nonetheless, structures covered by an exemption must in all cases meet the following criteria:

  • Be floating, moveable or on piles
  • Not exceed 20 m2 in size
  • Not exceed 1/10 of the width of the watercourse

Where the size of installed structures exceeds 20 m2, applications for the granting of rights are required. 

Last update: June 30, 2022

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