Ville de Gatineau encourages you to talk to your neighbour and try to resolve the conflict amongst yourselves.
If no agreement is possible, you can ask the municipal arbitrator to intervene. The parties involved in the dispute must then cover the full cost of the arbitrator's intervention.
The owner of land within Gatineau:
The arbitrator, formerly called an agrarian inspector, serves as a conciliator between the parties in the dispute. If no agreement is possible between them, the arbitrator intervenes, and either decides that no work is necessary or that the work must go ahead. If one of the parties fails to do the work as ordered, the work may have to be done by Gatineau, at the expense of the delinquent party. The arbitrator is also responsible for investigation and inspection.
To request the arbitrator to intervene, residents must fill out the proper form and submit it at one of the municipal service centres.
If a party is dissatisfied with the arbitrator's decision, it may file an objection with the Court of Quebec to try to get the order reversed. The decision by the Court of Quebec is not subject to appeal.
Under the Civil Code of Quebec
Fences and common ditches
Landowners may fence their land at their own expense with walls, ditches, hedges or any other kind of fence. They may also require their neighbour to make half of or share the cost of making a fence which is suited to the situation and use made of the premises, on the dividing line to divide their land from their neighbour's.
Owners of land used for agricultural purposes may compel their neighbour to fell the trees along and not over five metres from the dividing line, if they are seriously damaging to their operation, except trees in an orchard or sugar bush and trees preserved to embellish the property.
Under the Municipal Powers Act
Drainage ditches are used solely for drainage or irrigation. They do not result from the improvement, maintenance or diversion of a waterway or body of water whose watershed has an area of less than 100 hectares.
For more information
For additional information about the steps involved in the arbitrator's intervention, please contact the Division de la planification du territoire urbain, Module de l'urbanisme et du développement durable:
Phone: 819-243-2345, extension 7331
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.