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A commercial land lease is required for business-related activities.
A land use permit may be required depending on the proposed land use activity. The Department of Lands issues Land Use Permits on Territorial lands in the ISR.
A recreational or cabin lease is required for individuals wishing to build a dwelling not for commercial or industrial purposes.
A residential lease is required for individuals wishing to build a dwelling for residential purposes.
An industrial lease is required for development activities such as: mining operations, oil and gas operations, manufacturing, or fuel storage.
The ATLAS system is a user-friendly mapping tool that provides information about parcels of land in the Northwest Territories.
Department of Lands’ Resource Management Officers, or inspectors, are responsible for the inspection of various resource operations in the NWT.
“Securities” are funds or financial assurances such as letters of credit supplied by authorized users of public land and water, and held by government, to ensure there is money available to clean up a site, if needed.
Lease rent payments are due annually on the anniversary of the start date of the surface disposition.
The Department of Lands supports land use planning to guide decision-making about what activities should take place on public lands in the Northwest Territories.
Make a payment on your account with the GNWT
Policies, legislation and regulations that guide land management and administration in the NWT.
The Department of Lands has a coordinating role on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories for processes related to environmental assessment in the NWT.
The Department of Lands issues quarrying permits and quarrying leases on Commissioner’s and Territorial Lands for the purpose of extracting sand, gravel, stone, loam, and other types of granular material.
Recreation management plans provide direction and guidance on how to manage outdoor recreation resources and opportunities in a particular area.
GNWT’s approach for reviewing and updating its management of recreational uses of public land, including cabin leases across the NWT.
Spills must be immediately reported to the 24-Hour Spill Report Line.
This will be a plain language workshop for resource management practitioners with an emphasis on how to participate meaningfully in resource co-management processes.