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Community Planning

Community Planners help municipalities prepare for changes in their communities, like new housing as the population expands, new infrastructure to support services and improved public space.

Planning services provided include: the review and approval of subdivision and survey plans; providing guidance on land use and community planning proposals and activities; and, assisting in the development and revision of Community Plan Bylaws, Zoning By-laws, and development standards.

Community Plans and Zoning By-laws
CGS – Quick Guides for Land Development
CGS – Subdivision Design and Standard Manual

Lands Administration

The mandate for land administration in Nunavut is primarily defined in the Nunavut Lands Claim Agreement, Article 14, which identifies the administrative and implementation responsibilities of the Planning and Lands Section.

The administrative responsibility of the Lands Section includes the maintenance of the Commissioner's Land Registry which relates to lands and interests that have not been registered at the Land Titles Office.

Preparing and overseeing various land related documents, including leases, is also a major service.

The Lands Section acts as an ongoing resource to municipalities in regards to the diverse land administration issues which includes regulatory components such as the Land Administration By-laws.

In carrying out its lands duties, the Planning and Lands Section complies with the Commissioner’s Land Act and Regulations as well as established principles, practices and protocols related to land administration and management.

The Department of Community and Government Services developed four Land Policies:

Commissioner’s Land Lease Pricing Policy
Municipal Boundary
Land Development Policy
Municipal Land Administration Policy

Land Administration By-laws
Quarry By-laws
Quarry Administration Agreements


The mapping services provided include topographical mapping of all non-tax based communities in Nunavut. Satellite imagery is acquired on a regular basis to maintain our mapping. The topographical maps can be down loaded from this website or obtained by contacting the Regional Community Planner or the Coordinator, Planning and Lands Information Systems in Kugluktuk. For maps of Iqaluit, please contact the City of Iqaluit’s Planning and Lands Department.

Mapping Data
Layer Descriptions
Mapping Information
Date of Data Last Uploaded

For information on legal survey plans, please refer to the following NRCAN sites:

Canada Lands Survey System

CLSS Map Browser -
Survey Project Search -

Community Information:

Property Assessment

The Department of Community and Government Services (CGS) is responsible to enforce the Property Assessment and Taxation Act and Regulations, as they relate to property assessment. The Department of Finance is responsible for property taxation. CGS responsibilities include:

Property assessment on all land and improvements in Nunavut
Producing Notices of Assessment and Certified Assessment Rolls
Distributing Notices of Assessment to property owners and Certified Assessment Rolls to the Municipalities

For more information contact:

Property Assessment:

Government of Nunavut's Property Assessment and Taxation contractor
Property Assessment Office, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, PO Box 1228, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 979-8446
Email: or


Property Taxation:

Department of Finance, Taxation Section
PO Box 2260 Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-5837

Regulatory Project Management System

The Regulatory Project Management System is designed to help Nunavut Land Administrators and Planners to:

Manage their projects (adopting by-laws, issuing permits and leases)
Maintain a current and comprehensive data base
Maintain documents related to specific projects
Geo-Referencing projects

Relevant Legislation

Nunavut Planning Act
Commissioner’s Land Act
Commissioner‘s Land Regulations
Property Assessment and Taxation Act
Public Health Act
General Sanitation Regulations

Nunavut Lands Claim Agreement
Nunavut Act
Nunavut Water and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act
Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act

Nunavut Archaeological and Palaeontological Sites Regulations
Nunavut Water Regulations

Community Planning and Lands Contacts

position title location Phone Headquarters   Kitikmeot region Kivalliq Region baffin region
Director, Community Development Rankin Inlet 867-645-8106
Senior Manager, Planning & Lands Kugluktuk 867-982-7651
Manager, Community Planning Kugluktuk


Territorial Community Planner Kugluktuk 867-982-7654
Coordinator Planning & Lands Information Systems (Planning Technician) Kugluktuk


Manager, Land Administration Kugluktuk 867-982-7652
Territorial Land Administrator Specialist Iqaluit


Land Administrator Iqaluit 867-975-5344
Outreach Coordinator Land Claims Implementation Kugluktuk 867-982-7658
Office Administrator


Community Planner Cambridge Bay 867-983-4012
Lands Administrator Cambridge Bay


Community Planner Rankin Inlet 867-645-8126
Lands Administrator Rankin Inlet


Community Planner Cape Dorset 867-897-3621
Lands Administrator Cape Dorset


Planning Technician Cape Dorset 867-897-3617