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City planning violation: what are the limitation periods?

Verified 09 août 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The limitation period is the time beyond which the author of a offence can no longer be prosecuted.

The majority of city planning violations are offence that engage criminal liability.

The offences concern, in particular, the carrying out of work without authorisation or in breach of the authorisation obtained.

The limitation period for infringements is 6 years.

It starts once the work is complete.

Example :

For work completed in April 2018, your criminal liability may be engaged until April 2024.

After 6 years, you can no longer be subject to criminal prosecution. However, after this period, the municipality can initiate your liabilitywithin 10 years of completion of the work. She then goes to court to order the demolition or the conformity of your construction.