Encroachment on City Property

The City of Fernie is asking residents to remove any encroachments on City Property.


What is an encroachment?

An encroachment means any type of object or item of personal property which exists on or extends from a person’s premises onto public lands. This includes, but is not limited to fences, accessory buildings, fire pits, vehicles, hot tubs, recreational vehicles, trampolines and gardens.

Why do we care?

Encroachments have the potential to have significant impact on public lands, create safety issues and and cost taxpayers money

  • In some areas important drainage infrastructure is buried in the ground and building, driving, storing, and planting in these areas can harm infrastructure. The City recently incurred significant costs to repair damage directly caused by encroachment. 
  • In other areas, particularly around our dike system, uncontrolled vegetation can affect the structural integrity of our dikes, obscure visibility and impede access for inspection and maintenance, and hinder emergency flood fighting operations.
  • In all areas, the green space around homes and properties was not intended for personal use!

What are we asking?

The City of Fernie is asking residents to ensure you know where your property lines are, and avoid encroaching onto City land. If you are in encroachment, you are asked to remove any personal property this summer, and make alternate arrangements for storage moving forward.


What if the encroachment existed before I bought my house?

Awareness of property lines when buying or selling your home is important. An encroachment is tied to the lands and follows ownership of the property, regardless of how long it has been there or who placed it there. Having knowledge of where your property lines are will ensure you avoid unknowingly placing items outside your property or inheriting an existing encroachment.

How do I find out where my property line is?

If you aren't sure if you are currently encroaching on City property, a good place to start is taking a look at this aeriel map. Find your property and see if there is anything extending beyond your marked property line. If you need further clarification, please contact Bylaw Services at 250.423.2244 or bylawservices@fernie.ca.

What if I don't move my stuff?

As with other enforcement endeavours, our goal is compliance. We are asking residents to voluntarily move any personal property from City land. In the fall we will re-evaluate the situation and consider further enforcement or legal action.