Government of New Brunswick


The Water Quality Regulation (82-126) - Clean Environment Act requires owners or operators of a source of water contaminants to obtain an approval for the construction, operation, or modification of the source.


Anyone constructing, operating, and/or modifying a facility that is considered by the department to be a source of contaminant. This applies to most existing or new industrial and some commercial or institutional facilities in New Brunswick.


The following are the major services that are provided through the Approvals program: Application Review, Approval development and issuance, and compliance verification. The actual time spent on providing these services increases with facility complexity and associated environmental risk. In keeping with this, the annual fees for Water Quality Approvals are broken into five classes that include Class 1A, 1B, 2, 3, and 4 facilities. A Class 1A facility is considered the most complex and requires the most associated regulatory effort, and therefore has the highest annual fee. Conversely a Class 4 facility is considered the least complex and requires the lowest amount of regulatory effort, and therefore has the lowest annual fee.

Application Form Requesting Approval of a Source

Changes To Fees

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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Water Quality Approval - Class 1A Facility (per year)35,200.002012-04-01
Water Quality Approval - Class 1B Facility (per year)19,800.002012-04-01
Water Quality Approval - Class 2 Facility (per year)5,500.002012-04-01
Water Quality Approval - Class 3 Facility (per year). 1,100.002012-04-01
Water Quality Approval - Class 4 Facility (per year). 550.002012-04-01
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