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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.
What you need to know about leasing public land for agricultural purposes.
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.
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 is waived and is retroactive to April 1st 2020 until March 31 2021.
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.
The Public Land Act consolidates the two systems of land administration currently legislated under the Commissioner’s Land Act and the Northwest Territories Lands Act. The new Act cannot be brought into force until new regulations, policies and procedures are developed to support it.

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