Heritage Research Permits
A permit is required for any archaeological or palaeontological exploration or excavation in Nova Scotia. This includes fossils, artifacts and remains that have heritage value.
The permit system ensures that work is completed based on established standards by qualified applicants. Fossils and artifacts retain much of their heritage value from the context in which they are found. When they are recovered, it is important to do it right. Care, preservation and documentation are critical.
Permits fall under two categories: palaeontology and archaeology. There are different permits that may be granted based on the nature of the activity and the qualifications of the applicant.
The Minister of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is responsible for granting Heritage Research Permits.