Government of New Brunswick
  • Description
  • Fees
  • Contacts
  • Overview

    Possessory Title is a method of acquiring title or right to land that has been occupied for a statutory period of time as defined by law, under specific conditions.

    Eligibility

    If the applicable time and occupation requirements are met, you can submit a claim, in writing, to the Crown Lands Branch-Land Use Application Service Centre.

    Description

    There are two time periods that apply.
    • Sixty years for land that is ungranted.
    • Twenty years for re-conveyed land.

    Ungranted land: the ownership was always vested with the Crown.
    Reconveyed land: the land was once granted by the Crown but ownership was subsequently returned to the Crown.
    The occupation of the land must be open, visible, uninterrupted and exclusive for the applicable period of time.

    Changes To Fees

    This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
    2010 NR Crown Land Rent.pdf


    Fees

    Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

    Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
    YYYY-MM-DD
    Application fee300.002010-09-22
    Preparation fee (if grant/deed issued)200.002012-03-05
    Contact Email Location
    Fredericton