The Special Places Protection Act provides the Heritage Division with a mandate to protect important archaeological, historical and palaeontological sites and remains, including those underwater. The Heritage Division administers and enforces the Act by overseeing the protection of all sites and remains in the Province, managing the Heritage Research Permit system, and designating outstanding heritage sites as "Protected Sites".
No one may carry out activities anywhere in the Province, including underwater, that may disturb fossils or artifacts without an approved Heritage Research Permit. Information and permit applications are available online through the Heritage Division website.
For more information on the administration of the Special Places Protection Act, contact:
Coordinator, Special Places
Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
1747 Summer Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3A6