Natural Resources


This area summarizes the administration and assessment of quarry materials and provides links to quarry location maps, and applications for quarry permits and licenses.

Quarry Rights Administration

This section provides detailed information on quarry rights acquisition, maintenance and assessment, and links to online information.

Materials Administration

  • Applications and Permitting
    • Cost of Permit/Lease:
      • Rental: $120/hectare
      • Royalty: $0.75/cubic metre
      • A non-refundable quarry permit application fee of $100 must be submitted with the rental fee.
    • Duration of Permit/Lease:
      • Quarry Permits are issued for up to 12 months and must be re-applied for within two months of the expiry date listed on the permit.
      • Quarry Leases are typically issued for a period of 5 years up to a maximum of 20 years.
    • Condition(s) attached to Permit/Lease: different departments may set certain terms and conditions on the permit or lease in order for it to be approved.
  • Administration of the Quarry Materials Act
    • Setting regulations to effectively administer the Quarry Materials Act
  • Implementation of the Quarry Materials Act
    • Enforcing the Act and its regulations through quarry inspections.

Materials Assessment

  • Assessment of Quarry Materials
    • Aggregate source which deals with sand and gravel pits.
    • Rock source which deals with road-cuts and rock quarries.
    • Aggregate quality deals with the petrographic and geological history of the source.
  • Management of Resource
    • After an assessment is done, it is decided what the resource may be used for (ex. asphalt, concrete aggregate, Class A or B material for road building or for fill material).
  • Implementation of the Quarry Materials Act
    • Enforcement of the Act and regulations relating to the Act.
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Boundaries & Maps


  • Click to download the data:
    • If you identify errors or omissions or have concerns about any of the shape files provided here, please forward your concern via email to with reference to the File Number (all file numbers begin with 711) and company name of that quarry permit/lease/subordinate permit.

  • DISCLAIMER: The Mineral Lands Division provides this information for reference only. Please note that this is a working file, and it does not contain all permit or lease boundaries issued to date. These boundaries/files have not been formally edited or peer reviewed and are based upon preliminary data and evaluation. The Mineral Lands Division assumes no legal liability or responsibility for any alterations, changes, representations or misrepresentations made by users or third parties with respect to the boundaries/files and original data. Users and third parties should consult with the Mineral Lands Division to ensure the originality and correctness of the materials and original data provided. The users of these boundaries/files and original data agree not to provide a digital reproduction or copy of same to a third party.  Furthermore, the Mineral Lands Division assumes no liability of any nature or kind with respect to digital reproductions, copies of original products or for derivative products which may be made by or for third parties. Derivative products should acknowledge the source of the data upon which the products are based.

  • Quarry-related maps are also available online at The Newfoundland and Labrador Geoscience Atlas and available on file with the Mineral Lands Division (3rd floor, Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's).
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Quarry Applications, Guides & Reference Information

The following section provides the applications and forms to obtain approval to conduct quarry activity in the province.

Please submit all applications and forms by email to

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Online Payment at
    • Please include proof of online payment with your submitted forms/applications
  • Cheque
    • Please make cheques payable to Newfoundland Exchequer Account
  • Payment via credit card over the phone
    • Please call 729-4044 to arrange payment
    • forms/applications must be submitted before payment can be accepted

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Applications & Forms

Annual Production Reporting for Quarry Permits, Quarry Leases and Subordinate Quarry Permits

  • Statutory Return Form  (769 KB)
    • For January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 production
    • Statutory Return form and royalty payment due by March 1, 2019

Quarry Permit Re-Application

Subordinate Quarry Permit:

Under section 6 of the Quarry Materials Act, a person may apply for a subordinate quarry permit (“SQP”) to dig for, excavate, remove and dispose of a specified quantity of quarry materials from an area for which a permit has been issued.

Quarry Permit Application

Questionnaires for leases and peat removal

Quarry Materials Exploration Licences:


Reference Information

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Quarry Permit Application Management

Quarry Application Tracking Log

The following Google spreadsheet is a live tracking log of all submitted quarry permit applications. The document updates instantly as changes are made by the Quarries Section staff.

Please note:

  • Applications are entered in this spreadsheet once the initial review process (which ensures the application is complete) has been conducted.
  • Applications will not receive a file number until 'Step 4' of the process.
  • Rows highlighted in green identify applications that have been released from the process (e.g., issued, rejected, withdrawn, etc.).

To view Tracking Log in Google Sheets, click here

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Detailed information on changes to the Quarry Permit System are posted in this section.

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