Government of New Brunswick


Lands may be identified as surplus either through an identification program carried out by the Department or through the review of an application to have a parcel declared as surplus. Before any lands are declared as surplus, the Minister must approve the disposal of the lands.


• Applicants must be at least 19 years of age.

• Parcels of Crown Land must:

• be less than 20 hectares (50 acres) in size to be declared surplus;
• be completely surrounded by private land;
• not be required by the Crown for any programs or offer any consolidation benefits;
• not possess any significant resource features that would be of interest to the Crown (i.e. wetlands); and
• not be encumbered by other commitments.

All applications not meeting the basic eligibility requirements will not be considered.


Surplus Crown Lands that are less than 20 hectares in size, surrounded by private lands on at least 3 sides and which have no ecological, cultural or social significance and are not needed to provide access to Crown Land, can be reviewed for declaration as surplus lands.

If a property is declared surplus, it will be transferred to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) and sold by public tender, provided it is not needed by another government agency. This department may request that DTI notify all those who had expressed an interest in the lands be notified of any tender call.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
Lands Administration Regulation


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Declaring Crown Land Surplus
  Administrative fees (non-refundable + HST)
Application fee for issuance of a grant or conveyance of Crown land or declaring Crown land as surplus
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