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Department of Natural Resources

Crown Lands: Lease - Agricultural

Who Needs This Lease?
  Any individual or business who wishes to develop a parcel of Crown land under the administration and control of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources for agricultural use.
Where can you get this Lease and / or further information?
Manager, Acquisitions and Leases
Land Administration Division
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Tel:  902-424-4061
Fax:  902-424-3173

Office Location:
Founders Square
1701 Hollis Street, 5th Floor
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8

Mailing Address:
PO Box 698
Halifax, NS  B3J 2T9
Application Forms and Process:
Except in extenuating circumstances (i.e. renewal of applicant's existing lease), all lease requests, for agricultural use on Crown land, are tendered, by way of a Call for Proposals, through the Public Tenders Office.

To initiate a Call for Proposals, the applicant must forward a detailed letter to the Manager, Acquisitions and Leases Section (see above), including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Name and address of the applicant; If a company is involved, its proper name, registered office, address and registered agent are to be identified.  An application from a company will not be processed unless it has an up to date registration with the N.S. Registry of Joint Stock Companies, and is in good standing;
  • A sketch, plan or map depicting the location of the land requested, and the approximate acreage;
  • Reasons why the applicant requires Crown land;
  • A brief outline of the applicant's qualifications, experience and background including a description of all similar ventures; and
  • Any other relevant information.
Staff will respond and provide further direction and information.
Waiting Period:
Approximately 1 to 2 years
Expiry and Renewal:
The lease is for a term of 10 years with an option to be renewed for a further 10 years, provided the leaseholder has complied with the terms of the lease to the satisfaction of the Department of Natural Resources.

The renewal process is initiated by the leaseholder, who should contact the Manager of Acquisitions and Leases, at least 3 months before the lease expires.


Initial application and renewal: $747.83 plus applicable tax (HST) *

Lease Assignment: $373.78 plus applicable tax (HST) *

*All fees are subject to change.

Annual rent - rent for the first 10 year term is 3% of the appraised market value of the unimproved land or 5% of the gross sales of agricultural production from the land, whichever is greater.  The leaseholder is required to submit a form of return to the Department of Natural Resources together with an unaudited financial statement at the end of the leaseholder's fiscal year.  Rent upon renewal is at a rate to be determined by the Minister of Natural Resources.

Related Requirements:
  1. The applicant may be referred to any Department, Commission or Agency having an affiliation with the intended use; and
  2. Any company or association involved must be registered and in good standing with the N.S. Registry of Joint Stock Companies
Additional Information:
  1. An appraisal of the land is required by an appraiser holding the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation.  The cost of the appraisal is the responsibility of the applicant.
  2. This form of lease is for agricultural purposes only and does not apply to peatmoss.
  3. A legal survey by a registered N.S. Land Surveyor is required. The cost of the survey is the responsibility of the applicant.
  4. Issuance of the lease is subject to the Department of Natural Resources and N.S. Executive Council (Provincial Government Cabinet) approval.
  5. The applicant should not incur any expense without first contacting the 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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