Under the Waters Act an application must be made to the Board and a Licence issued prior to the use of any waters or disposal of any waterborne waste.

The requirements for application are binding on those using inland waters including businesses, industry as well as municipal, territorial and federal governments and their agencies. The only exclusions are the use of water for domestic purposes, in-stream users (fishing, swimming, boating), for extinguishing a fire, or on an emergency basis, controlling or preventing a flood.

What to Include

The Board requires that certain information and fees be provided in support of a Water licence Application. Your application package should include the following items:

  • a completed schedule C application form and Questionnaire;
  • a description of potential concerns related to the project, an inventory of biological resources that the project may impact (eg. wildlife habitat, recreation areas), an identification of all potential environmental impacts, including cumulative impacts, the effects of accidents or malfunctions, an explanation of any past, proposed or on-going baseline studies, and proposed mitigation, reclamation, restoration, or abandonment plans;
  • a description of socio-economic issues closely related to the environmental effects, including business and employment opportunities in the north, potential concerns regarding human health, effects on traditional land uses, public consultation, and data gathering methodologies;
  • a detailed map of project location, suitable for reproduction;
  • a thirty dollar ($30.00) application fee payable to Government of the Northwest Territories;
  • a deposit equal to the first year's water use fee ($30.00), for accurate amount use the Water Use Fee Calculator and include copy of calculation, this fee is also payable to Government of the Northwest Territories;
  • provide two (2) printed copies of complete application package and two electronic copies (CD); and
  • send completed application packages by mail or deliver to our office in Inuvik.