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Department of Natural Resources

Oak Island Treasure Act

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wants to search for and recover in Oak Island Nova Scotia precious stones or metals in a state other than their natural state, and to keep them (upon payment of royalty).

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

Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Registry of Mineral and Petroleum Titles
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Tel: 902-424-4068
Fax: 902-424-7735

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

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 698
Halifax, NS B3J 2T9
Application Forms & Process:
A written request is required from the applicant identifying the area of interest by using the map / tract / claim grid system that is used under the Mineral Resources Act. The applicant can send the request to the Registrar, Registry of Mineral and Petroleum Titles, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

The applicant will be notified in writing by the Minister following approval.

Waiting Period:

Licence: 75 business days

Transfer of licence: 18 business days

Expiry & Renewal:
Licences may be issued for varying lengths of terms. They are not renewable. However, the Department has considered and granted sucessor licences to former licencees to run continuously from the time of expiration of the former licence.
Price:  (No tax is charged)
Licence:  $623.00
Related Requirements:
  1. Heritage Research Permit, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is required.
  2. For private lands, written permission from the landowner is required.
  3. Excavation Permit, N.S. Department of Natural Resources, if excavation is anticipated.
  4. All work conducted pursuant to this Permit must be done in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Environment Act, and all other pertinent legislation.
Additional Information:

Legislative Authority:
Bill No. 81 Oak Island Treasure Act An Act to Regulate the Searching for Treasure on Oak Island in Lunenburg County and to Repeal Chapter 477 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Treasure Trove Act

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