Highways, Ferries, and Winter Roads

Highway Access Permit

A permit is required for access to a public highway, including:

  • winter roads
  • private driveways
  • public roads
  • any changes in existing access to a public highway

Development may not proceed until a permit has been issued by the GNWT.

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How to Apply

  1. Send a completed application form to the local INF regional office, along with:
  • A map clearly indicating location of the proposed access (scale 1:50,000 or 1:250,000).
  • One of the following (which must have labels indicating the proposed location, highway number or name, the kilometer number, the direction to the nearest major landmark):
    • a detailed sketch
    • a copy of an aerial photograph
    • Google satellite image
  • A copy of the land tenure (lease or title).
  • A copy of the Land Use Permit from the relevant water and land board, where applicable. The permit should clearly indicate the lot/parcel and authorization to build a road from the lot/parcel to the right-of-way.
  • If the application is for a business/commercial, municipality, community, or where a contractor is expected to work on behalf of the applicant:
    • Number and type of vehicles and machines expected to be used during access construction
    • Emergency response plan
    • Spill contingency plan
    • Traffic control plan

      Note: Additional documents/ information may be requested depending upon the site, complexity of construction, or the nature of the access, to evaluate the application. Additional information may include traffic impact study, geometric design of the intersection, drainage plan, signage plan, traffic control devices, etc.
  1. The GNWT will review the application to determine whether the application has met conditions, requires modifications, or is rejected.
  2. Once you receive the acceptance conditions document, please review and sign the document before sending to Design and Technical Services for final approval.


The applicant is responsible for:

  • Any costs associated with providing supporting documents and plans.
  • Subsequent revisions of these documents.
  • Construction costs, including any modifications that may be required to the public highway.