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Santosh
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# Posted: 10 Aug 2020 12:14
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I've seen a few mentions on this thread about building on the footprint of an existing cabin. Recently bought a half acre in lanaudiere (Quebec) with a small 12 by 15 cabin in extremely poor shape. My certificate du localization says the buildings are in accordance with local bylaws, but the city refused me the right to build because I don't have a primary building on the site. Am I reasonably safe to just build something with the exact same dimensions in its footprint?

razmichael
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# Posted: 11 Aug 2020 11:20
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Nobody but the local bylaw people/inspectors can tell you if you are "reasonably safe to build". Unless some such person is on the forum here, the best you will get is opinions and experience from all over the place. You need to talk to the local authorities - you may not like the answer but better than being told to tear it down. I'd also suggest you get a copy of the Quebec codes and review them. In Quebec, the code allows for a recreational cabin/hunting cabin (with limitations on how many days a year it can be occupied - plus reduced rules in other areas. Problem is that local municipalities can enforce other rules but understanding the overall regulations can be very helpful. My cabin (16x24) is in Quebec and when I first starting talking to them they said I could not use an outhouse. i quickly pointed out the provincial regulations that allowed one for my situation and asked where their local rules disallowed it. We have an outhouse! All in all they were actually really easy to work with. I did need a septic engineer report (so they knew that a septic could be put in if we wanted to turn it into a full time residence) but the building permit cost $40 and took 20 minutes to get with my computer drawings (I remember the inspector warning me that "bad news - you need a permit for just about everything, good news - they generally cost around $20 each"). The toughest regulations that apply all across the province has to deal with the water front - I admit that i support these fully but when they were put in a number of years ago, although buildings too close were grandfathered, people could not clear any more than 15 ft of a path to the water front along with other rules that pissed of residents.

So do your homework and I strongly suggest you need to discuss this with the local enforcement people but don't be afraid to question and ask to see the local bylaws when they make a statement about something. Good Luck

RonG
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# Posted: 8 Sep 2020 21:44 - Edited by: RonG
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Hi Rodger, if you send me an email address I have some treed property for sale with excellent zoning for your needs...

Ron

jeracravo
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 20:15
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Hey RonG,
I'm looking for land as well.
jelmet at g m a i l
Thanks

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 19 Sep 2020 20:38
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Quoting: Santosh
..... Recently bought a half acre in lanaudiere (Quebec) with a small 12 by 15 cabin in extremely poor shape......but the city refused me the right to build because I don't have a primary building on the site. Am I reasonably safe to just build something with the exact same dimensions in its footprint?


Did you ask to build or repair an existing structure, ie make it safe?

jeracravo
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2020 11:19
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Hi everyone,
This thread has been REALLY helpful! Thanks for all the great info!
One question: if we get a "hunting camp" with a structure on it already... does it mean that this structure probably has no fixed foundations?
Does it mean that I probably can put a few more cabins without foundations spread around the property?
And as a different question: when they say there are no build rights, do they only consider building, something that has fixed foundations?
Thanks

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