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Crown Lands: Right-of-Way

Who Needs This Agreement?
Anyone who wants to have permanent rights of passage across Crown Lands to private land in Nova Scotia. Rights-of-way are granted where the intended use is long term in nature, and other forms of permits, leases or licences are not adequate.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get this Agreement and / or further information?
Land Administration Division
N.S. Department Natural Resources

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

Office Location:
Founders 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 (see above), or to the nearest Regional or Area Office of the Department.

If all requirements are met, and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by the Department following a decision by the N.S. Executive Council [Provincial Government Cabinet].

Waiting Period:
Up to 2 years

Expiry & Renewal:
This agreement normally does not expire.


Administration fee:  $747.83 plus HST and survey costs *
Cost of Right-of-Way: $747.83 per hectare, $298.78 minimum *

*All fees are subject to change

Related Requirements:
  1. Crown Lands: Access Road Construction Permit, N.S. Department of Natural Resources;
  2. Railway Crossing Licence, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
Additional Information:
  1. Rights-of-way will be considered only if use cannot be established by other authorized methods.
  2. The right-of-way agreement may stipulate conditions relevant to intended use.
  3. The applicant should not incur any expense or begin construction without first contacting the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
  4. If approved as a right-of-way, the applicant shall arrange for a legal survey at their own cost.
Legislative Authority:
Crown Lands Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 114, Section 16 (1)

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