Fisheries and Land Resources

Non-Tourist Commercial Resource Based Camps

Commercial resource based camp licences are available where no land use conflicts exist, and within municipal and planning area boundaries provided the Municipal Council gives written approval. Licences are issued for a term of five (5) years. Examples of commercial resource based camps include; trapper's tilts, temporary living quarters for commercial fisherman in costal areas, sawmill shacks, etc.

Application Process

A completed Crown Land Application Form PDF (286 KB)must be filed with the Regional Lands Office nearest to the land applied for. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis except for designated high demand areas where applications are invited through the public draw process only.

An application processing fee and a map or sketch clearly identifying the location of the land applied for must accompany the application.


  • Application Processing Fee: $150.00 + HST
  • Document Preparation Fee: $300.00
  • Annual Rental: $100.00

Related Requirements

  • Applicant must ensure there are no adverse claims against the land.
  • Applicant's signature must be witnessed by an official authorized to administer an oath.
  • The application will be referred by the Lands Branch to any Department or Agency having jurisdiction over land use in the area applied for.
  • In order to establish eligibility as a non-tourism, commercial resource based operation applicants are required to provide a copy or relevant fishing, trappers or logging licence.
  • Applicants must be of legal age (19 years or older).

Lot Sizes

There are no specific lot sizes for remote cottage sites as no survey is required and licences only give permission to occupy a site.

Additional Information

  • Commercial resource based licences are available only to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The applicant may be required to provide details of the on site water supply and sewage disposal facilities prepared by an approved designer opens new window (77 KB) if the site is located within one (1) kilometre of a road. This must be provided at the applicant's expense within 12 months from the date of approval of the application.
  • The commercial resource based cabin must not be located within 30 metres of any waterbody or 45 metres from the nearest cabin.
  • A seperate application is required for boathouses and wharves occupying the shoreline reservation under Section 7 of the Land Act.

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