Private docks on municipal land

Council passed a by-law in September on private docks (wharfs) on municipal lands. The purpose of the by-law is to regularize the status of such docks so that all residents have access to the river. It also helps protect the riverside environment.

Although originally scheduled for January 1, 2022, the application of the dock by-law has been delayed until January 1, 2023.

Note: The by-law does not cover private docks on private land or private docks partially on the lots the Municipality acquired from Hydro-Québec.

 

Consult the rules
 


Occupancy authorization and dock permit

Starting January 1, 2022, applications to legalize existing docks or receive an occupancy authorization and dock permit will be considered from:

·        Owners of property along Voie Verte whose property would be on the river if there were no Voie Verte.

 

 

 

·        Owners of property on chemin de la Rivière whose property would be on the river if there were no chemin de la Rivière.

 

 

Please note that other conditions also apply.

 

Applications not fulfilling the above requirements will be rejected. If the rejected application is to authorize an existing dock, the dock will have to be removed or transferred to the Municipality for conversion into a public dock. Please read “Transferring a dock to the Municipality.”

Applications received before the by-law takes effect on January 1, 2022, will not be considered. Municipal staff are currently working on the procedure.

Details to follow.

Owners authorized for a private dock on municipal property are charged the following: 

·        Annual rent of $400

·        One-time $25 dock permit fee

·        One-time $25 charge for the identification plaque that must be displayed on the dock itself

Owners of docks on municipal land whose dock doesn’t qualify for occupancy authorization or a dock permit will be required to remove it or transfer it to the Municipality for conversion into a public dock.

Owners seeking to transfer a dock to the Municipality need to submit a brief to Planning and Sustainable Development showing that the dock qualifies under the conditions provided for in Section 2.6.2 of the By-law respecting docks and conditions of occupancy of the municipal land bordering the Gatineau River.

Council will then proceed on a case-by-case basis to decide whether to accept it.

Apply

Applications will not be accepted before the by-law takes effect on January 1, 2022. Municipal staff are currently working on the procedure.

Details to follow.


Private docks on private land

Private docks on private land are required to be in compliance with the applicable regulations. Private docks are covered by the Zoning By-law and not the By-law respecting docks and conditions of occupancy of the municipal land bordering the Gatineau River.

A permit is required for any new construction. See the Permits and Certificates page for more details.

Information

Planning and Sustainable Development Department