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The Agricultural Land Commission Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 36, was brought into force on November 1, 2002. This Act repealed the Agricultural Land Reserve Act, the Land Reserve Commission Act and the Soil Conservation Act, and replaced them with a new Act that incorporates some of the provisions from the repealed Acts, and established the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission.

In addition to the ALCA, the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation, B.C. Reg. 171/2002, replaced all existing regulations under the (repealed) Agricultural Land Reserve Act and Soil Conservation Act. This Regulation identifies farm activities and other, non-farm uses permitted in the ALR, notification requirements for soil removal and placement of fill, procedures for submitting applications and identifies filing requirements.

Recent Amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act - BILL 19-2011 MISCELLANEOUS STATUTES AMENDMENT ACT (No. 3),2011

On July 22, 2004, after consultation with the Union of BC Municipalities, government brought into effect the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 32 and associated amendments to the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation. These amendments provide new procedures for the filing of ALR applications with the Commission by First Nations, both pre-treaty and post-treaty. (Click here for key changes)

The Commission also issues Orders that identify certain uses or subdivisions that may be allowed without the need for an application provided that the provisions of an order are complied with.

General Orders In Force Pertaining to the ALR
Order #Description
Oil and Gas Exploration, Well Sites, and Pipelines in the Peace River and Northern Rockies Regional Districts
Oil & Gas Uses on ALR Lands
 Link to ALC-OGC Delegation Agreement
291/89 Subdivision and non-farm uses within the Agricultural Land Reserve in the area generally known as the Southlands area within the City of Vancouver
Subdivision of land on a quarter section basis in the Peace River and Northern Rockies Regional Districts
View Rescind Notice

The Commission passes Bylaws relating to the management and conduct of its affairs and performance of its duties.

The Commission has Policies that outline principles, guidelines, strategies, rules or positions on various interpretative, operational, and fill and soil removal issues. The policies provide clarification and courses of action consistently taken or adopted, formally or informally.

Index of Policies
Activities Designated as Farm Use: Agri-tourism Activities in the ALR
Activities Designated as Farm Use: Farm Product Processing in the ALR
Activities Designated as Farm Use: Farm Retail Sales in the ALR
Activities Designated as Farm Use: Wineries and Cideries in the ALR
Additional Residences for Farm Use
ALR Subdivision Approval by Approving Officers
Approval Runs with the Land and Has No Expiry Unless Specified
Approvals Granted Under Orders In Council 4483/72 and 157/73
Building New Residence While Occupying Existing Residence
Communication of Commission Decisions
Homesite Severance on ALR Lands
Parcels Less than 2 Acres
Permitted Uses in the ALR: Agri-tourism Accomodation
Permitted Uses in the ALR: Bed and Breakfast Use
Permitted Uses in the ALR: Dikes for Flood Control and Irrigation
Permitted Uses in the ALR: Home Occupation Use
Permitted Uses in the ALR: Residential Use
Placement of Fill or Removal of Soil: Construction of Farm Buildings
Placement of Fill or Removal of Soil: Construction of Single Family Residence
Public Perusal of Records
Waiving of Application Fees
ALR & Community Planning Guidelines
Guidelines for Conservation Convenants in the ALR
Information Bulletins
ALR & Coal Exploration and Extraction in the ALR
Slaughter plants and handling red meat waste in the ALR
Liquor Manufacturing, Sales & Related Activities in the ALR
Medical Marihuana Production In The ALR

The Commission also has Procedures that provide guidance to applicants, the Commission and staff on matters of process.

Printable copies of the legislation
   Agricultural Land Commission Act
 Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation
The above versions are for private study or research purposes only, and are not the official versions. Persons who need to rely on the text for legal and other purposes may obtain the Queen's Printer official printed version from Crown Publications Inc., 521 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1E7. Telephone: 250 386-4636.

Links to Relevant Acts

Link to the following Acts through the Legislative Assembly web site: