The Extensions of Public Property


Public property comprises natural and artificial things that are set apart for the direct use of the public or for public services. The extensions of those things are also included in public property ; an extension being the area added to the one a given element of public property is already occupying. Those extensions can be understood as safety distances that must be taken into consideration especially in matters pertaining to construction. The table below is a summary of the entensions of public property :

Coastlands
Extension
Sea shore
A zone of fifty (50) metres measured from the highest tide mark
Banks and estuaries of waterways subject to tidal influence
A zone of twenty-five (25) metres measured from the highest tide mark
Waterways
Extension
Navigable or floatable waterways
A zone of twenty-five (25) metres measured from the limits determined by the the highest water level
Non-navigable and non-floatable waterways
Limits determined by the high water level
Lakes, ponds and lagoons
Limits determined by the high water level
Artificial public property
Extension
Motorways
Land extending one hundred (100) metres on either side of the centre line of the highway
In town : land extending ten (10) metres beginning from the external edge of the pavement
National and regional ways
Land extending forty (40) metres on either side of the centre line of the highway
In built-up areas : land extending ten (10) metres as from the external edge of the pavement
In town : land extending five (05) metres as from the external edge of the pavement
Divisional roads
Land extending twenty-five (25) metres on either side of the centre line of the road
In built-up areas : land extending ten (10) metres as from the external edge of the pavement
In town : land extending five (05) metres as from the external edge of the pavement
Local tracks
Land extending  ten (10) metres on either side of the centre line of the tracks
In built-up areas and towns : land extending five (05) metres on either side of the centre line of the tracks
Railways
Land extending thirthy-five (35) metres on either side of the center line of the track
Telegraph and telephone lines and their connected installations
Land extending two hundred (200) metres around telecommunications centres

Land extensions for military/commercial sea or river ports are fixed on the basis of a special study.

Reference text :

Ordinance n ° 74-2 of 6 July 1974 establish rules governing State lands, sections 3 and 4.

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