You cannot intrude on, in, under, or over the ground of connecting City property for your own purposes.
If your property is next to City parkland, greenbelts, roads, or easements, you must comply with the Encroachment By-law.
Here are some common ways property owners encroach on City property:
It’s important to keep the areas next to your property in their natural state. Encroachments can:
When buying a property next to a natural area, you must request a survey to know your property boundaries. You can also identify your boundaries using the City’s interactive mapping service.
If you buy a home with an existing encroachment, you may be responsible for restoration costs.
If you knowingly or unknowingly encroach on City property, you may receive a notice of contravention or notice of encroachment.
When you receive a notice, you have to remove the encroachment or you can pay a non-refundable fee and submit an application for an encroachment agreement with the City. If your request is denied, you will have to remove the encroachment.
Submit your application and supporting documents via email to email@example.com.