Municipal law

DHC's reputation in municipal law is firmly established.

For over thirty years, DHC has played a significant role in advising and representing public bodies, whether it be municipalities or paramunicipal bodies. DHC represents several municipalities throughout Quebec and distinguishes itself by its expertise and its probity.

Our lawyers and associates have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of municipal law, public law and administrative law, including related fields such as environmental law or labour law.

Our lawyers know how to anticipate the evolution of the roles and responsibilities of public bodies and how to propose targeted solutions to address them, while always tending to the needs and expectations of our clients.

Our areas of intervention

  • LAND USE PLANNING

    • Drafting of urban planning regulations

    • Remedies for regulatory compliance (zoning, construction, subdivision and nuisance)

    • Sustainable urban development

    • Non-conforming use and acquired rights

    • Protection of green spaces and parks

    • Environment and nuisance

    • Protection of agricultural land

  • MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

    • Civil and contractual liability

    • Police liability

    • Fire liability

    • Defamation

    • Municipal infrastructure liability (flooding, aqueduct and sewer)

    • Class actions

  • MUNICIPAL TAXATION

    • Property assessment

    • Taxation and collection

    • Payment in lieu of taxes (PILT)

    • Duties on transfers of immovables

    • Local improvement tax

    • Collection of taxes and sale for unpaid taxes

    • Subsidy and revitalization programs

  • MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION

    • Municipal procedure

    • Inter-municipal board

    • Inter-municipal contracts and agreements

    • Public-private partnership

    • Public transport

    • Police organization and ethics

    • Municipal housing bureau

    • Paramunicipal and not-for-profit organizations

  • MUNICIPAL COURT

    • Criminal prosecution

    • Penal prosecution (highway safety)

    • Regulatory offence

    • Collection, taxation and tariff structure

    • Clean-up order (nuisance and sanitation)

  • ETHICS

    • Disqualification remedy

    • Conflict of interest

    • Accredited ethics counsellor

    • Lobbyism

  • MUNICIPAL CONTRACTS

    • Drafting of plans and public tenders

    • Contract awarding

    • Contract management policy

    • Negotiation and drafting of contracts

    • Disqualification and damages remedies

  • ACCESS TO INFORMATON

    • Access to public documents

    • Protection of personal information

    • Review before the Commission d'accès à l'information

    • Municipal archive

  • EXPROPRIATION

    • Indemnity assessment

    • Imposition of reserves

    • Contestation of right to expropriate

    • Disguised expropriation

  • EMERGENCY MEASURES

    • Declaration of state of emergency

    • Management of crisis and disaster

    • Exercise of special powers

    • Management of claims and communications

  • ELECTORAL AND REFERENDUM PROCEDURES

    • Legal support to the electoral officer (municipal)

    • Contestation of election

    • Compliance with laws and rules under electoral law

    • Misconduct, ineligibility and embezzlement

    • Referendum procedure

  • TRAINING

    • Training for l'Union des municipalités du Québec

    • Training for the Fédération québécoise des municipalités

    • Training etc. (Custom-tailored training - Role of elected officials and ethics)