Heritage Research Permits

Special Places

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.

Archaeology Permits and Guidelines

Palaeontology Permits and Guidelines

The Minister of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is responsible for granting Heritage Research Permits.



Presenting and interpreting a connection to the past helps define the collective community of the present and future


Contact Information 

Special Places Protection
1747 Brunswick St, 3rd Floor
Halifax, NS B3H 3A6