Procedure to Purchase City Owned Property

An individual or business who wishes to purchase property owned by the City of Sault Ste. Marie must make their request in writing to the Legal Department. An acknowledgement letter will be sent to the requesting party to inform them of the procedures required for the purchase of the property.

The Legal Department then forwards a request for comments to all appropriate City departments and the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority as to whether the property may be declared surplus.

Upon receiving all required responses, they will be communicated to the requesting party to advise them of the comments. If responses are favourable and the requesting party wishes to proceed a report is prepared for City Council in caucus. Once approved in caucus the report goes to open Council for approval.

If City Council agrees to dispose of the property, the property must then be declared surplus by a by-law. Once the by-law has been passed by City Council a valuation must be obtained by the requesting party at their expense in order to determine the property's fair market value.

The requesting party must obtain the valuation at their expense for the property in question and provide it to the City. Once a copy of the valuation is received by the City, notice of the proposed sale of the property, including details, will be advertised for one week in the local newspaper as well as on the City's website.

The highest offer may not necessarily be accepted. The City may accept lower offers if it is in the best interest of the City. If a reference plan is required to transfer the property it will be the responsibility of the future owner(s).

Surplus Property By-law 2018-148

Purchase Request for City Property

Purchase Request for City Lane/Street

Sealed Offers (Bids) to Purchase City Property

Bids Envelope

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