Government of New Brunswick


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.


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.


There are two time periods that apply.
• Sixty years for land that is ungranted.
• Fifteen 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:
Lands Administration Regulation


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Administrative fees (non-refundable + HST)
Application fee650.002020-07-16
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