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A commercial land lease is required for activities such as: agricultural land use, gas station, retail operations, and land-based cultural /tourism activities (i.e.: aurora viewing)
A land use permit may be required depending on the proposed land use activity.
A recreational lease is required for individuals wishing to build a permanent dwelling.
A residential lease is required for individuals wishing to build a permanent dwelling.
An industrial lease is required for activities such as: mining operations, oil and gas operations, manufacturing, fuel storage.
Changes to lease rent minimums and to fee structures on Territorial and Commissioner’s Land take effect April 1st 2018.
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.
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.
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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.
This legislative initiative is meant to address operational needs and issues, and to make land legislation clearer in the short-term. In the longer-term, the GNWT will continue to review other related legislation and explore options to improve and modernize land management.
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.
The GNWT Recreational Leasing Management Framework outlines the GNWT’s approach for reviewing and updating its management of recreational uses of public land, including cabin leases across the NWT.
The RMO training program gives participants on the job training, guidance, mentorship, self-directed and formal education and the opportunity to become qualified as an RMO Level II.
“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.
The Department of Lands is working to identify and address the root causes of unauthorized occupation in the Northwest Territories.