Encroachment By-Law

Posted on 01/27/2020

Council is presently considering enacting an Encroachment By-Law that would govern items stored on lands either owned or controlled (land use permit as example) by the Municipality.  The By-Law has had two readings as well as a Public Meeting on December 19, 2019.  Council will be considering this By-Law at the Regular Council Meeting scheduled for April 2, 2020.  Should you wish to discuss concerns or comment on this By-Law, please contact us at communicate@temagami.ca

What is an Encroachment By-Law?

An Encroachment By-Law ensures that anything that is privately owned and being placed on Municipal Land will be done in a manner that is safe from hazards, aesthetically pleasing and meets the Municipal Standards. 

Why an Encroachment By-Law?

The goal is to ensure that all Municipal Properties are maintained in a manner which is pleasing, inviting and protected against possible liability.  

If an issue arises from personal property left on Municipal Land, the Municipality will be required to address the issue. 

Currently when an issue is addressed, the Municipality absorbs any cost associated, which becomes a burden on the entire tax base. 

This By-Law allows costs to be recovered from the Individual using the Municipal Land through user fees and user responsibility.

Why is this a problem?

  • Encroachments can be a safety hazard. They can be a trip hazard for pedestrians and block visibility for drivers.


  • Sometimes they block access to utilities or interfere with road maintenance and operations (e.g. snow clearing).


  • Encroachments can be an eyesore and reflect negatively on the Municipality making it harder to promote tourism and Municipal growth.


How do I report an Encroachment?

Contact the Municipal Office.  Once the Municipality has been made aware of an encroachment, Municipal staff will review and contact the encroachment owner, to discuss how to handle it.

The difference between Crown Land, Municipal Land and Privately Owned Property

Municipal Land is land and water owned by the Municipality or operated by the Municipality under licence/agreement from the province. 

Crown Land is all land and bodies of water owned by the Province of Ontario. 

The Municipality of Temagami extends from Marten River to Smoothwater.  Temagami is blessed with many lakes and thousands of acres of forest and bush, the majority of which belong to the Crown.  The Encroachment By-Law does not have any authority on Crown Land, privately owned land and those lands and waters that are not under licence/agreement, or owned by the Municipality. 

Let’s work together to keep our Municipality Clean, Safe and Inviting!

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