The ALC Act and ALR Regulation

The ALC Act and ALR Regulation are the legislative framework for the establishment, administration, and procedures of BC's agricultural land preservation program.

Agricultural Land Commission Act

The Agricultural Land Commission Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 36, (the "ALC Act"), is the high-level statute that sets out principles and broad rules for the protection of agricultural land in British Columbia.

The ALC Act takes precedence over, but does not replace other legislation and bylaws that may apply to the land. Local and regional governments, as well as other provincial agencies, are expected to plan in accordance with the provincial policy of preserving agricultural land.


Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation

The Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation, B.C. Reg. 171/2002 (the "ALR Regulation") is the specific code, under the ALC Act, that clearly identifies farm activities and non-farm uses that are permitted in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The ALR Regulation also stipulates such things as notification requirements for soil removal and fill placement; application procedures; transportation and utility applications; certain subdivisions not requiring applications; penalties; and compliance and enforcement appeals.


Recent Amendments to the ALC Act and the ALR Regulation

July 29, 2016 (Agri-Tourism, Gathering for an Event)
Order in Council 602/2016 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

July 8, 2016 (Block Exclusion - Process, Tree Planting)
Order in Council 508/2016 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

May 19, 2016 (Block Exclusion - Owner Consent)
Bill 25 - 2016 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment

March 14, 2016 (ALC Fee Change)
Order in Council 159/2016 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

December 16, 2015 (Road Works - Site C)
Order in Council 771/2015 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

June 15, 2015 (Permitted Uses - Liquor, Processing, Residential Use; Application Status; Reporting Out)
Order in Council 346/2015 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

May 7, 2015 (Permitted Uses - Medical Marihuana, Aggregate Extraction, Passive Recreation, Forest Service Road Widening)
Order in Council 200/2015 Amendments to BC Regulation 171/2002

November 27, 2014 (Application of Administrative Tribunals Act, Commissioner Terms, Lieutenant Governor Power to Make Regulations)
Bill 4 - 2014 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment

May 29, 2014 (Establishes Panels, Zones, Zone 2 Criteria, Required OCP Consultation, Performance Indicators)
Bill 24 - 2014 Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act

January 1, 2014
Table of Legislative Change - ALC Act

November 24, 2011 (Establishes Additional Fees; CEO Refusals and Chair Reconsiderations)
Bill 19 - 2011 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment