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Crown Lands: Sales of Wood Products Under $200, Letter of Authority
Who Needs This Letter of Authority?
Anyone who wants to buy, for personal use only, forest products (timber) with a value of less than $200 from Crown Lands in Nova Scotia.

Note: This is not available in all areas of the Province.

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

Where can you get this Letter of Authority 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 for this Letter of Authority can be obtained from the nearest Local or Area Office of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. When the application is completed, it is submitted to the same office.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by the local office.

Waiting Period:
80 business days (3.5 months)
Expiry & Renewal:
This Letter of Authority is valid for up to 3 weeks for fuelwood, and up to 2 months for specialty products.

Price: (HST is charged)

The fee here is what is called "stumpage rate", which equals the current rate (adjusted annually) times the amount of timber cut.

Tax is charged on stumpage rate.

Payment in advance: Minimum $26.47

Related Requirements:
None

Additional Information:
  1. Term of this Letter of Authority will usually be not more than 1 or 2 months, subject to compatibility with Crown Land management planning.
     
  2. Sales of large values are by tender.
     
  3. Anyone may request that certain areas be offered for tendered sales. The Department will consider such requests and may or may not conduct such sales subject to compatibility with policy and plans for Crown Land management.
     
  4. Sales canot be conducted if any other lease or licence for similar forest products is held on the site.
Legislative Authority:
Crown Lands Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 5, Section 31




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