Government of New Brunswick


The purpose of the Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Regulation (90-80) - Clean Water Act is to protect provincial streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes from work or ground disturbance in their vicinity.


Any person intending to do work (construction, demolition, clearing land, landscaping, etc.) within 30 metres of a watercourse or wetland.


The online application program has been developed to help guide you to the proper permit application based on your answers to a series of site and activity specific questions. There are two types of permits available:

The provisional permits deal with alterations (activities) that pose a potentially low level of environmental risk and can typically be carried out with a standard set of conditions of approval. The process time for a provisional permit can be up to ten (10) days.

The second type of permit available is the standard permit, which is intended for projects of a more significant nature and potentially represents a higher risk to the environment. These projects require a more comprehensive review and the establishment of site/project specific conditions of approval. The process time for a standard permit can be up to eight (8) weeks.


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Single permit respecting one alteration25.001990-01-01
Multiple permit respecting more than one alteration with a commonality factor - $20.00 each (max $200.00) - each20.001990-01-01
Permit renewal, extension, and/or revision 10.001990-01-01
Provisional Permit10.001990-01-01