Land Lease Rents and Fees

The Department of Lands is waiving rent on existing surface dispositions on public land, for the fiscal year 2020-21. 

  • The rent relief is available to all holders of existing recreational, residential, and commercial and mining surface dispositions; easements and licences of occupation, are also eligible for relief.  
  • The rent relief applies to all dispositions in effect between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, so that all affected parties receive the benefit, regardless of when in the year their disposition renews.
  • Fees for applications, administration and documents, as well as security deposit requirements, costs associated with the sale or grant of land, and royalties for granular material will not be waived. 
  • The rent relief does not apply to new applications in force after April 1, 2020. 
  • If rent has already been paid for the 2020/21 fiscal year, and your account is in good standing, your payment will be automatically refunded.
  • Please contact Ms. Rebecca Whalen, Administrative Assistant at or call  1-855-NWT-LAND, if you have questions.
  • Refer to the Frequently asked questions on Land Lease Relief for more details.

Changes to lease rent

The Government of the Northwest Territories increased the minimum lease rents charged on land that is administered and managed by the Department of Lands.

Since April 1st, 2018, if you pay less than $840 per year in lease rent, you will pay the new minimum of $840 at your next rent review or lease renewal date. This change will not affect you if you are already paying over $840.

Changes to the lease rent on Commissioner’s Land

If you hold a standard residential lease on Commissioner’s land, your lease rate will be reduced from 10% of the assessed value of the parcel of land to a new rate of 5%. This change will only take effect upon your next rent review date, or lease renewal.

As lease holders, you undergo a rent review every five years under the terms of your lease agreement. You will be notified a minimum of 90 days prior to your next rent review date advising you of any change to your annual lease rate.

How does the Department of Lands apply assessed value to determine the lease rent?

The annual lease rate on Commissioner’s Land is determined by multiplying the assessed value of the land by the applicable lease rate. The lease rate for residential leasing is now 5% and the lease rate for recreational and commercial/industrial is 10%.

Why did the government change lease rents?

The Department increased lease rents to $840 because:

  • land lease rent minimums have not changed in almost two decades; and
  • setting a standard lease rent minimum for Territorial and Commissioner’s Land is an important first step in aligning the administration of the two different land systems.

Changes made to the fee schedules in the Northwest Territories Lands Regulations, Northwest Territories Land Use Regulations, and Quarry Regulations that are found under the Northwest Territories Lands Act, as well as the Commissioner’s Land Regulations under the Commissioner’s Land Act.