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Department of Natural Resources

Crown Lands Deed or Grant: Water Lot Grant (Excluding areas of fresh water)

Who Needs This Grant?

Anyone who needs ownership of submerged land in coastal waters to permit the construction of large wharves, causeways, infills or breakwaters.

Issuing Department / Agency:

N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get this Grant and / or further information?

Land Administration Division
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Tel: 902-424-4006
Fax: 902-424-3173

Office Location:
Founder's Square
1701 Hollis Street, 5th Floor
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 698
Halifax, NS B3J 2T9
Application Forms & Process:

An applicant can make a request in writing to the Land Administration Division of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

Applicants may need to have the land surveyed at their own cost; and also pay appraisal costs, an administration fee, and the market value of the land.

If all requirements are met, and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by the Director, Land Administration Division, following a decision by the N.S. Executive Council.

Waiting Period:

Up to 2 years

Expiry & Renewal:

This grant does not expire.


Administration fee: $747.93 plus applicable tax (HST) *
plus the Market value of property
plus appraisal cost
plus survey costs
plus migration fee (if applicable):   $500.00 plus applicable tax (HST) *

*All fees are subject to change.

Related Requirements:


Additional Information:

The applicant should not incur any expense or begin construction without contacting the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

Legislative Authority:

Crown Lands Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 114, Section 16(1)(a)

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