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Department of Natural Resources

Crown Lands, Lease - Campsite

Who Needs This Lease?

Anyone who has an existing structure on (Provincial) Crown land under the control of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. [This structure can be used only for personal recreation purposes.]

Please Note:

The Campsite Lease Policy was approved by cabinet in 1989 to deal with requests to build a campsite for personal recreational purposes, on (Provincial) Crown Land under the administration and control of the Department of Natural Resources.

This Policy made provision for the Department to hold 5 lottery draws for obtaining campsite leases. The last draw took place on August 31, 1995. The Department, therefore, is no longer issuing campsite leases for new sites.

Applicants may, however, obtain a lease through an assignment of an existing lease, subject to approval. The onus is on the landowner to locate a lease owner who wishes to assign their lease.

Anyone who has a structure on Crown land, without permission from the Department, is considered unauthorized. The structure is subject to removal, pursuant to Section 39 of the Crown Lands Act.

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

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

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

NO NEW campsite leases are being issued.  Applicants may, however, request an assignment of an existing valid lease, provided they are aware of a campsite lease-holder who wishes to assign their interest.  Contact Acquisitions and Leases, Department of Natural Resources (see above) for further information.

A campsite lease must be held for a minimum of 3 years from the date of execution in order to be assigned to a new party.

A formal assignment document will be required, as well as a statutory declaration detailing payment.

The assignment is subject to staff approval, and compliance with the terms and conditions of the lease.

Waiting Period:
Approximately one year (for both initial applications and renewals).

Expiry & Renewal:
The Lease is for a term of 10 years and is renewable for another term of 10 years, provided the leaseholder has complied with the terms and conditions of the lease to the satisfaction of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. The renewal process is initiated by the leaseholder, who should contact Acquisitions and Leases at least 3 months before the lease expires.

Price: (HST is charged)

Lease Assignment:  $373.78 plus HST *

Initial and Renewal:  $918.65 plus HST*

Annual Rent:  $570.74 plus HST *

*all fees are subject to change

Related Requirements:
  1. Applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia, as identified by Department of Natural Resources policy.
  2. Applicants must not have been convicted of an offense, in the past 5 years, under the Crown Lands Act, Forests Act, Wildlife Act, Trails Act or the Beaches Act.
  3. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  4. Applicants must not have an interest in any other N.S. Crown Land Campsite Lease.
  5. The applicant should not incur any expenses without first contacting the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
Additional Information:

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

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