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Mooring Permit - Submerged Crown Land (Excluding Bodies of Fresh Water)

Who Needs This Permit?
Anyone who wants to place a permanent or semi-permanent mooring on submerged Crown land (excluding bodies of fresh water) in Nova Scotia other than the owner of a waterfront property who wishes to place one mooring directly in front of and within 60 metres of their shoreline (and not directly in front of and within 60 metres of any other waterfront property).

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
N.S. 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
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
300 Mountain Road
Sydney, NS B1L 1A9

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

OR

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

Application Forms & Process:

An application form to place a mooring on submerged Crown land (excluding fresh water) can be obtained from any Local or Area Office of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.  When the application is completed, it is submitted to the same office along with an application fee plus applicable taxes (HST).

A plan showing location and property boundaries must be provided with the application.

The written consent of the immediately adjacent upland owner must be provided if the mooring is within 60 metres of the ordinary high water mark.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by staff, and can then pick up the permit in person or it will be mailed.

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

Price:

Initial Application and Renewal:  $56.04 plus applicable tax (HST) *

* All fees are subject to change.
 

Related Requirements:
  1. For mooring in bodies of fresh water, contact Nova Scotia Environment.

  2. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada - Approval or exemption under the Navigable Waters Protection Act
Additional Information:
  1. A permit is not required by a person who owns the adjacent upland from the ordinary high water mark, and who wants to place 1 mooring within 60 metres of their shore.

  2. Where the applicant does not own the upland, they must obtain the written consent of the upland landowner(s).

  3. Traditional use areas by commercial fishermen around public wharves and other areas are normally exempt from this permit requirement.

  4. A permit is not required by a lease or licence holder in an aquaculture development area.

  5. In areas where there are a number of informal moorings, the Minister of Natural Resources may authorize an incorporated community group to manage a mooring grid. The group must accept the legal and practical responsibilities of managing the mooring grid to the satisfaction of the Department.
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).

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