Government of New Brunswick


Crown Waterfront Reserves (CWR) are strips of land ranging in depth from 20.1 metres to 60.4 metres (66 feet or 1 chain to 198 feet or 3 chains) along the bank(s) of a watercourse or a lake and were created by the Crown at the time of the original land grants.

You may use the GeoNB Map Viewer to determine if your property is adjacent to a CWR. The GeoNB Map Viewer may be accessed under related links. If you do not have internet access you may visit your local Service New Brunswick Office to determine whether your property is adjacent to a CWR.


Applicants must be at least 19 years of age.
All requirements of Department policy must be met.
If an occupation exists on the CWR in the form of a structure or improvement, the occupant may submit an application to authorize their continued occupation or they may choose to remove their improvements. If they wish to apply for authorization, the occupant must submit valid documentation showing that the occupation occurred prior to March 24, 2011. Documentation that may be accepted includes, but is not limited to: aerial photo(s); building permit with inspection dates; property assessment notice; legal survey plan; etc. Acceptance and validation of documentation is at DNR’s discretion.


It is the Department's policy to retain CWR's as public lands. Exceptions may be made where a successful application is made to dispose of, or use, the CWR. The Minister may dispose of, or authorize the occupation of, Crown Waterfront Reserves via grant, lease, easement or licence of occupation.

Rates are established in accordance with the Act and Board of Management Minutes and are subject to change. Refer to the Application package for more details on other fees which may apply.

Changes To Fees

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


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Administrative Fees (non-refundable + HST)
  Application Fee300.002009-06-01
  Grant Fee200.002009-06-01
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