Encroachments can be classified as either structural improvements made upon the land or personal use of Public Land.
Encroachments on City property or Public Land are most often discovered when private property is being sold. Many encroachments are found during the processing of a Compliance Certificate application. Other times, encroachments are discovered through Development Permit applications, site visits by City staff and complaints from the public.
Property owners may be able to enter into an Encroachment Agreement with the City to allow for the encroachment to remain. There are certain conditions, additional costs and processes associated with being eligible for an Encroachment Agreement.
If an encroachment is found on property designated under the Land Use Bylaw as Public Park or is Municipal Reserve land, the City of St. Albert will not enter into an Encroachment Agreement. Using reserve land districted as park for personal use contravenes the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
In instances where the encroachment poses a risk of injury, is a safety hazard or interferes with utilities or traffic, the property owner may be required to remove the encroachment at their own expense.
Many property owners are unaware they are encroaching on Public Land. Once identified, property owners are required to work with City staff to resolve any encroachment issues.
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Last edited: November 13, 2019