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Frequently-asked questions


How to make a request to use public land

1. For what purposes do I need to make a request to use public land? >>

2. How do I submit a request to use public land? >>

Processing times for public land use requests

3. I sent a public land use request. Where is it now? >>

4. When will I receive the answer to my request? >>

5. Why aren't processing times any shorter? >>

Buying public lots

6. Can I buy a public lot? >>

Notice of compliance with municipal regulations

7. When I submitted my request for public land use in the past, I never had to include a notice of compliance. Why should I be required to do so now? >>

Vacation lots

8. How do I take part in a random draw for a private vacation lot and what are the eligibility requirements? >>

Participating in a random draw

9. How does the random draw work? >>

10. How do I know if I am selected? >>

11. Are there still private vacation lots available on public land and if so, how can I get the list of these lots? >>

12. What happens to lots that are not claimed at allocation? >>

13. What do I need to do to change the name of the lessee on my lease? >>


How to make a request to use public land

1. For what purposes do I need to make a request to use public land?

A request to the manager of the sought-after public land is required for any use, temporary or permanent occupation, development, or construction, except for the following:

Camping

Camping is permitted on public land without submitting a request for use. It is, however, prohibited on all public land located on Île au Bœuf, Île au Cochon, Île aux Crapauds, Île aux Hérons, Île Sainte-Thérèse, Île aux Vaches, and Île au Veau, which are all part of Ville de Varennes.

Any person camping on public land agrees to:

  • Use mobile and temporary camping equipment that is not attached to the ground
  • Leave the occupied location after a period that cannot exceed seven months within the same year
  • Remove all camping equipment used on the occupied location, clean up the location, and leave it in its original state, taking along any remaining waste

Some MRCs have camping regulations that stipulate conditions other than those included in the government’s regulations — conditions that may apply for the entire or only part of the MRC’s land. In such cases, you must address the MRC in question for more information. Such MRCs include: Portneuf, Sept-Rivières, Matawinie as well as the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Shelter

Since the early ’90s, the Department and regional partners have agreed to no longer grant shelter leases. Instead, they promote the development of public lands and their accessibility through another product — private vacation lot leases. The only way to obtain a shelter lease is by transferring an existing lease.

Vacationing

There are two ways to obtain the right to use a private vacation lot: participating in a random draw or obtaining a lease after submitting a request to use public land.

  • Each fall, in highly sought-after areas, the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) holds a random draw in the locations where there are vacation lots on public land. To learn more about the next draw, consult the page for Private vacation lots offered by random draw or keep an eye on public notices in regional newspapers and Department-issued press releases.
  • For remote areas where the lots are not as popular, it’s the first come, first served rule that generally applies.

2. How do I submit a request to use public land?

Before starting the process to submit a request to the Department, check if the lot in question is the subject of a delegation of public land management to an MRC (e.g., vacation lot and shelter lease management, intramunicipal public land, regional park). If so, you must submit your request to that specific MRC. To find the contact information for a specific municipality or MRC, visit the online Directory of municipalities. It is, however, important to note that some land sections of the MRCs listed below are not the subject of a management agreement or other land management delegation. To check, please contact the Centre de services du territoire public providing the exact location of the lot in question.

Please note that private vacation lots are generally allotted by random draw when they are on public land in highly sought-after areas. For remote areas that are less popular, lots are allotted on a first come, first served basis. These areas include certain parts of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions, for which the Department or delegated MRC carry out a comprehensive analysis before granting a lease. To learn more, contact the Centre de services du territoire public or specific MRC.

Intramunicipal lands: Intramunicipal public lands without land management rights and which are located within municipal limits. Regional parks: Only land management rights located in the main recreational zone (the part of the park’s territory with the main layout, infrastructures, and recreational tourism activities [e.g., welcome lodge]) and specific sites (limited area, located in the extensive recreational zone characterized by a layout, infrastructure or specific recreational touristic activity [e.g., camping, lookout]) are the subject of a delegation.

To submit a request:

  1. On the Department’s website, click on the "Territory" tab in the top menu.
  2. Click on the heading "Land rental and other rights", and then click on "Making a request".

Processing times for public land use requests

3. I sent a public land use request. Where is it now?

When our staff receives your request (step 1 below), they send you a notice informing you of one of the following:

  • Your file is complete and under analysis (steps 2 to 4)
  • Your file is missing documents and therefore incomplete. Your request will be put on hold until missing documents and information are received (step 1)
  • Your request is considered ineligible

You will be re-contacted with the final decision (either accepted or denied) once the analysis of your request is complete. When accepted (step 5), the reply is enclosed with administrative and contractual documents (e.g., permit, lease to sign).

4. When will I receive the answer to my request?

We cannot predict how long it will take to process your request. Requests are processed in the order they are received. Furthermore, their analysis may require additional steps. We will contact you once the analysis is complete and a decision is rendered.

5. Why aren't processing times any shorter?

Processing public land use requests is complicated for several reasons.
There are many stakeholders and specialists involved, which is why there are several essential steps that need to be followed:

  • Reception of your request (validating whether your file is complete)
  • Analysis of project compliance with laws and regulations as well as any guidelines (see question 6) adopted by the Department, including known Department development orientations and layout limitations
  • Consultation with departments, organizations, Indigenous communities or holders of rights held close to the lot in question who may be affected by the selected project
  • Department decision (accepted or denied)
  • If the request is accepted, preparation of administrative and contractual documents

In addition to related laws and regulations, the Department has adopted several guidelines and orientations to direct request analysis and the decision-making process to authorize the use of public land.

Note: Processing times may vary according to the nature of your project.

Buying public lots

6. Can I buy a public lot?

The rental of lots on public land is generally the accepted method used for the allocation of land rights. The Department or its delegate can, however, exceptionally agree to the sale of public land according to the rules set out in the guidelines. Before submitting a request, please consult the following guidelines:

Notice of compliance with municipal regulations

7. When I submitted my request for public land use in the past, I never had to include a notice of compliance. Why should I be required to do so now?

The notice of compliance with municipal regulations was required in the past as well, but at a later stage in the processing and analysis of requests. It is now required when a request for public land use is submitted to speed up processing times. This method of operation allows us to verify that the project complies with municipal regulations from the outset, before obtaining land rights from MERN. If not in compliance, the customer is quickly informed of what needs to be done before obtaining a land right from MERN.

Vacation lots

8. How do I take part in a random draw for a private vacation lot and what are the eligibility requirements?

To obtain a private vacation lot, you need to participate in a random draw. To learn how to register for the draw, consult the section Taking part in a random draw.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • Complete the official registration form.
  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee.
  • Send only one entry per draw code.

Participating in a random draw

9. How does the random draw work?

The draw is held electronically under the supervision of an external auditor in the presence of witnesses. The registration and draw process is administered by Sépaq.

10. How do I know if I am selected?

The rank you obtain in the draw will be communicated to you by email within 48 hours.

Then, according to the rank you obtained in the draw, you will receive by either mail or email, an invitation from the MRC or from MERN informing you of the location and date of lot allocation. The number of invitations will be determined according to the number of lots available.

For example, if you ranked 10th in a draw of 15 lots, you will receive a letter inviting you to participate in the lot allocation of the region in question. The closer your rank is to the number of lots available, the higher your probability of receiving an invitation. If you ranked 17th in a draw of 15 lots, you would need two people with a higher ranking to decline their right to choose a lot for you to receive an invitation to participate in the lot allocation.

11. Are there still private vacation lots available on public land and if so, how can I get the list of these lots?

To get the list of the lots available in upcoming draws, consult the section Private vacation lots offered by random draw. To find out which vacation lots in your region are available on a first come, first served basis, contact the MRC under agreement with the Department or the Centre de services du territoire public at 1 844 282-8277.

12. What happens to lots that are not claimed at allocation?

Lots that are not claimed can, according to the region’s schedule, be allocated on a first come, first served basis or allocated by random draw again the following year. To find out more, refer to the section Making a request .

13. What do I need to do to change the name of the lessee on my lease?

You must complete a lease transfer request