Licensing or Leasing Town Land for Business

The purpose of this policy is to give guidance to Administration and to assist potential users as to the options that are available for the use of municipal lands.  It is intended to provide a more consistent approach in processing applications and requests, and protecting and indemnifying the Town of Nanton wherever these arrangements exist.

The objectives of the Policy are to:

a. Hold municipal lands in trust and to ensure public access to these lands, where applicable, is not compromised;

b. Provide municipal land to serve specific needs that are in the public interest or provide a new revenue stream to the Town;

c. Ensure adequate stewardship of municipal lands and improvements; and

d. Promote the ethos that third parties which lease, license or encroach upon municipal lands and improvements are either responsible for or significantly contribute to all costs associated with occupying the property.


These objectives shall generally be met through:

Leases for the exclusive use and licenses of occupation for non-exclusive use of municipal land for the purpose of providing suitable land and/or improvements to third parties on a temporary basis.

Encroachment Agreements for the purpose of legally facilitating, where desirable, the extension of neighbouring or adjacent structures, improvements or uses onto municipal land.