Obtain a lot
Application to lease, purchase or other rights
You may apply to lease or purchase a lot on public land that has not yet been leased. This is known as a first-applicant lease. You may also apply for a special authorization or other land rights, for example, to build or set up a recreational trail, a parking lot, a pipeline (for an artesian well, a water supply system, etc.), or a power or telephone line.
Vacation lots are usually made available for lease in a random draw that takes place annually in the fall.
In some administrative regions, such as Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec, you can get a lease as the first applicant in some remote areas where demand is low. To learn more about the areas open to leasing to the first applicant or for more information, please contact the Centre de services du territoire public or the appropriate delegated RCM (see list of delegated RCMs).
If you want to request a special authorization, for example, to build or set up a recreational trail, a parking lot, a pipeline (for an artesian well, a water supply system, etc.), or a power or telephone line, you have to fill out an application to use public land (PDF 204 Kb) (in French only). Make sure that you properly fill out section 4.2 on the form.
The gouvernement du Québec always prefers to lease public land rather than sell it. However, it may agree to sell public land for private use if the application meets certain conditions.
For information on these conditions, please see Lignes directrices relatives à l’encadrement de la vente de terres du domaine de l’État à des fins de villégiature privée, de résidence principale et d’autres fins personnelles (PDF 384 Kb) (in French only).
Cost and conditions
To lease or purchase public land as the first applicant, you must first complete an application to use public land (PDF 204 Kb) (in French only).
If the land in question is managed by a delegate RCM, you must use its form and submit your application directly to it. See the list of delegate RCMs for information on where to send your application.
For all additional information, please contact the public land service centre.
Payment and supporting documents
You must attach certain documents to your application, including a notice of compliance with municipal by-laws (PDF 113 Kb) (in French only). If you are acting as a representative (signatory), mandatory, legal person or partnership, you must attach the power of attorney or certified copy of the resolution adopted by the board of directors or municipal council (PDF 380 Kb) (in French only) authorizing you to submit the application on its behalf. For information on the documents required, please see the “Additional Documents Required” section of the form.
You must pay a non-refundable administrative fee of $137.97 (including GST and QST) when you submit your application:
- By cheque or postal order made out to the Ministre des Finances du Québec.
- By credit card, on certain conditions. If you qualify for credit card payment, you will receive a written notice.
Submitting your application
For your application to be processed, you must submit:
- the form, duly completed and signed
- the additional documents required
- full payment
Centre de services du territoire public
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
5700, 4e Avenue Ouest, bureau E-318
Québec (Québec) G1H 6R1
Processing your application
Processing is done in the order of receipt of the applications. We will contact you in writing in one of the following situations:
- Your file is complete and is under consideration.
- Your file is incomplete. In this case, your application will be suspended until the missing documents and information are received.
- Your application is deemed inadmissible.
Processing times may vary, depending on the nature and complexity of your application.
Once your application has been examined, you will receive a notice of acceptance or refusal. If your application is accepted, the notice will be accompanied by administrative and contractual documents (e.g. lease for signature).
If your request is to lease public land and it is accepted, you will be required to pay the following:
- the administration fees of $420.81 (including GST and QST) for the issuance of an authorization;
- first year's rent.
Survey expenses are paid by the gouvernement du Québec where surveying is needed to lease a lot for purposes other than commercial or industrial use (e.g. vacation home, principal residence, etc.).
Costs related to other rights
If your request is to install a pipe or a power line, or to build a recreational trail, and it is accepted, you will be required to pay the following:
- the administration fees of $1,284.27 (including GST and QST) for the issuance of an authorization.
If your request is to build a public parking lot, a rest area, or a boat launch access, there will be no administrative fees for issuing an authorization.
If your purchase application is accepted, you must pay the following amounts:
- A non-refundable fee for calculation of the market value of the lot: $1,284.27 (including GST and QST)
- The administrative fee for the purchase of the lot: $1,284.27 (including GST and QST)
- The purchase price of the lot
You must also expect to pay the following professional fees:
- The land surveyor’s fee, if survey work is required for the sale
- The notary’s fee for drafting the purchase contract
You will also be responsible for paying the cost of registering the notarized contract at the Registrar’s Office.
List of available lots by sector
The gouvernement du Québec does not keep a list or map of public lots available for lease, except for the vacation lots available each year by random draw.
All public land leases are entered in the Register of the Domain of the State (in French only). You may consult the interactive map free of charge to see the leases issued in a given area.
You may apply to lease or purchase public land by completing an application to use public land (PDF 204 Kb) (in French only).
Last update: June 10, 2022