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New Brunswick Crown Land Easement (3-NB-d)

Information current as of 2019
In New Brunswick, a developer may need a Crown Land Easement (Easement) from the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development (ERD) if the project will require the use of Crown Land or access to Crown Land. S.N.B. 1980, c. C-38.1, s. 25(1). An Easement is a “right enjoyed by one landowner over the land of another for a special purpose other than general use and occupation for an unlimited period of time.” New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easements Webpage. In New Brunswick, Easements are issued for utility power lines on Crown Land. New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easement and Right-of-Way Fact Sheet. ERD regulates Crown Land Easements pursuant to New Brunswick – Crown Lands and Forests Act, S.N.B. 1980, c. C-38.1 and Lands Administration Regulation – New Brunswick Crown Lands and Forests Act, N.B. Reg. 2009-62.



Crown Land Easement Process


3-NB-d.1 – Contact ERD

A developer should contact ERD for more information on the application process for Easements on Crown Land.

3-NB-d.2 – Crown Land Easement Application Package

A developer must submit a complete Easement Application Package (Application) to ERD. New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easement Application Package. The Application can be accessed on ERD Crown Lands-Easements Webpage and may be submitted by mailing a paper-based Application to ERD Land Use Application Service Centre or by emailing the completed electronic form to ERD. New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easements Webpage; New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easement Application Package. A complete Application includes:

  • The contact information of the developer;
  • A detailed description of the planned activities and anticipated construction;
  • A detailed description of the potential effects of the planned activities and anticipated construction on adjacent landowners, the environment or local area;
  • Information regarding whether the developer owns the land that the easement will serve;
  • The location of the subject Crown Land where the Easement will be located (Site) including:
    • a description of the current use and condition of the Site; and,
    • a description of other known uses and activities on the land adjacent to the Site;
  • A non-refundable Application fee of $575.00 ($500.00 + $75.00 HST) for up to one hectare and $57.50 ($50 + $7.50 HST) for each additional hectare;
  • A map and/or aerial photo of the Site;
  • A Site Plan; and,
  • A copy of the title document of the lands that will be served by the Easement.

N.B. Reg. 2009-62, Schedule A; New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easement Application Package.

3-NB-d.3 to 3-NB-d.4 – Review Application for Completeness

ERD reviews the Application materials for materials for administrative and technical completeness.

3-NB-d.5 to 3-NB-d.7 – Review Application for Approval

ERD reviews the Application in consultation with other agencies within approximately six (6) to twenty-one (21) weeks. New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development – Crown Land Easement Application Package. After the Application is evaluated and approved, the developer will receive a letter from ERD informing the developer of any additional Application requirements. Additional Application requirements may include:


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