If you plan on building or renovating near a river, stream, lake, or a designated wetland, you may need a special permit from the provincial department of the environment.
This applies to construction of any nature that takes place within 30 metres from a provincially designated watercourse or wetland.
As part of a building permit application process, our staff will check to see if your development or construction lies within these boundaries. If it does, you will need to apply to the Province's Department of Environment and Local Government for a Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit, affectionately called a "WAWA" in the industry. The permit costs $25.
Those planning to build near water may have to apply to the provincial environment department for a special permit.
You can check to see if your property lies near a designated wetland by using the province's online mapping tool, geonb, and selecting the "wetlands" icon when you find your property. (It's the seventh icon from the left, and has a little black underline in the image below.) For illustration, here's a geonb map showing a portion of land near Chamcook Lake, with a designated wetland and boundary outlined.
If you need a WAWA permit, you will need to supply the province with the following information: