Manitoba

Sustainable Development

Constructing a Cottage on Crown Land
Frequently Asked Questions

What approvals do I need to build on lots outside of rural municipalities?
You must provide a site plan with your Building Permit Application to the Office of the Fire Commissioner and you will then be notified of approval or changes required.

What do we do with the debris created by lot clearing work?
A Work Permit may be required to manage debris created by lot clearing work. All debris is to be managed appropriately to eliminate fire hazards and not create a nuisance to adjacent lot owners. All merchantable timber such as firewood must be salvaged. Disposal of lot debris may vary depending upon your subdivision and time of year. Please contact your local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office to determine if burning is allowed or where debris can be hauled.

How do I register my holding tank?
Holding tanks are commonly used for wastewater collection. Holding tanks are normally single compartment tanks that need to be regularly pumped out by a registered sewage hauler. Onsite wastewater management systems must be registered before construction, modification or replacement. To register your system, you must complete and submit an application to register to your local environment officer. A site plan, indicating the location of the system and the
application. The application and site plan template is available at
http://www.gov.mb.ca/ conservation/envprograms/wastewater/pdf/application_to_register_pg1_2_3_rev_11_1_
mg5585_web.pdf
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A registration fee must also be paid in full at the time of registration. The fee varies with the type of system registered and is indicated on the application.

What types of foundations are acceptable?
All building plans must be submitted to the rural municipality or the Office of the Fire Commissioner, who will then advise as to what would be acceptable for that particular subdivision.

Is there a minimum square footage for the cottage?
The construction of cottages and vacation homes must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws. Please check with the local rural municipality office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs or the Office of the Fire Commissioner for more information.

Are multiple stories allowed?
The construction of cottages and vacation homes must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws. Please check with the local rural municipality office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs or the Office of the Fire Commissioner for more information.

What types of buildings are allowed on the lot?
The construction of cottages and vacation homes must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws. Please check with the local rural municipality office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs or the Office of the Fire Commissioner for more information.

How much of my lot or the Crown Reserve can be cleared to view the lake?
Any clearing of the Crown Reserve will require an application for a Work Permit including details
relative to what is planned.

A Work Permit must be obtained from the local Natural Resource Officer at the Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship District Office prior to any clearing.

Are docks, boathouses, etc. allowed?
This will vary from subdivision to subdivision and depend on local municipal policies. Please contact the municipality or the Regional Land Manager for information on specific subdivisions.

Are house trailers or mobile homes acceptable as cottages?
No, mobile homes, travel trailers, garage packages, yurts or other similar non-permanent structures do not meet the requirements for a cottage. All cottages must be permanent, fixed non-portable structures.

Can we move an old house or a ready-to-move (RTM) on to the lot?
Municipal restrictions may apply to relocation of previous lived-in homes or RTMs. Please contact the rural municipality or the Office of the Fire Commissioner for further information

What costs will I incur if I select a cottage lot on Crown land?
Fees that you may be required to pay include the following:

a. Application Fee = $100 (plus GST)
b. Licence of Occupation Fee = $10.20 (plus GST)
c. Purchase Agreement Fee = $200.00 (plus GST)
d. Legal Description/Titles Fee = $100.00 (plus GST)
e. Transfer Document Fee = $50.00 (plus GST)

Please note that there will be fees associated with building permits, Manitoba Hydro and MTS hook-ups. In addition, the Land Titles Office will have fees (Land Transfer Tax) related to the registering of the Transfer document. Further details related to their fees can be obtained by contacting the Land Titles Office at:

Call: 204-945-2042
Email: lto@tprmb.ca

Also, if the cottage subdivision is located within a rural municipality, you will be responsible for payment of annual municipal taxes to the Rural Municipality. If the cottage subdivision is located outside of a Rural Municipality, there may be service fees applied through Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs.

 

 

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