Temporary Encroachment for Residents / Businesses

Residents and property owners may apply for a Temporary Encroachment to use City owned/controlled lands, including but not limited to placement of Residential Refuse Containers.

Apply for a Temporary Encroachment

  • Fill out an application for temporary encroachment
  • Email the completed application to the Engineering and Public Works Department, to the email address noted on the form, at least 5 business days prior to commencement of the permit
  • The department will review the application, which may take up to 6 weeks
  • A site visit or inspection, or additional documentation (e.g. a drawing indicating proposed location of Container), may be required to process the application
  • Applicant must provide proof of third-party liability insurance coverage with an insurance company licensed to operate in British Columbia:
    • A minimum per occurrence coverage of $5 million
    • The City as additional insured
    • A 30-day cancellation provision that requires prior notice be given by the insurer to the City
  • If found acceptable, the City will enter into a Temporary Encroachment Agreement with the applicant
  • The agreement will be emailed to the applicant for review and signature


Encroachment fees vary depending on the square footage of the encroachment, the assessed value of the land, the nature of the encroachment, and how invasive the encroachment is. The applicant may also be required to pay a $75 application fee.

Terms for a Temporary Encroachment

  • The permit is not transferrable and must be displayed on the Container.
  • The Container company name and contact information must be clearly identified on the Container.
  • Red / white reflective tape (no less than 4 inches wide by 24 inches long) must be placed on each side of the Container. If taping is not possible, a minimum of four 18-inch (minimum height) reflective tubes or cones must be placed on the road-side of the Container and remain in place at all times.
  • Container must be maintained in a safe, clean, and well-maintained condition always.
  • The Container Company must provide a copy of the insurance on the Container with the City of Coquitlam named as an additional insured.

If the Encroachment is not approved

Placement of the Container will not be permitted:

  • On any major or minor arterial roads
  • Within 5  metres of a fire hydrant or within a Fire Zone
  • In front of or within 3 metres of either side of a driveway, private road, or sidewalk crossing
  • Within 15  metres of an intersection
  • Within 6  metres of a lane
  • On a manhole, catch basin, or any underground utility
  • In the bulb of a cul-de-sac
  • On a portion of the road with ’no parking signs’ or ’no stopping signs
  • On a cycle path or sidewalk
  • On a street so that the container obstructs or impedes a marked travel lane, unless the appropriate lane closure permit is obtained and the lane is closed with advance warning signage and traffic control devices