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Wharf Repair Permit - Submerged Crown Land (Excluding Bodies of Fresh Water)
Who Needs This Permit?
Anyone who wants to repair an existing wharf on submerged Crown land (excluding bodies of fresh water).

This Permit is not required if repairs are limited to the portion of wharf which is above the level of ordinary high water and there will be no increase in the size of the wharf.

Also, a permit is usually not required if the wharf is of a seasonal nature, such as stick and plank or floating and anchored above the ordinary high water mark.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources, Regional Services
Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?
Central Regional Office (Truro)
Regional Director
NS Department of Natural Resources
664 Prince St.
(Arlington St. entrance)
Truro, NS  B2N 1G6

Tel: 902-893-6350
Fax: 902-893-5613
Western Regional Office (Lunenburg)
Regional Director
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
300 Green Street
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

Tel: 902-634-7557
Fax: 902-634-7577

Eastern Regional Office (Coxheath, Cape Breton)
Regional Director
NS Department of Natural Resources
300 Mountain Road
Sydney, NS B1L 1A9

Tel: 902-563-3370
Fax: 902-567-2535


Any of the Local or Area Offices of the NS Department of Natural Resources. (See Offices, NS Department of Natural Resources.)

Application Forms & Process:
An application form for a permanent structure on submerged crown land can be obtained from any Local or Area Office of the NS Department of Natural Resources.

When the application is completed, it is submitted to the same office, along with the Application fee.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by staff.

Waiting Period:
80 business days (3.5 months)
Expiry & Renewal:
This permit is valid for a specified time up to 3 years or for 1 year with automatic annual renewals (unless revoked or cancelled).

Price:  (HST is charged)

Initial Application and Annual Renewal:  $62.26 plus applicable tax (HST) *

*All fees are subject to change.

Related Requirements:
  1. Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada), fish habitat considerations, etc.;

  2. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Approval or exemption under the Navigable Waters Protection Act;

  3. Submission Requirements for Watercourse Alterations, Nova Scotia Environment
Additional Information:

Legislative Authority:
Crown Lands Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 114, Sections 5, 38 and 39.

Beaches Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 32 (and Regulations).

Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 1.

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