Living in the ALR

The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are restricted.

The ALR comprises just 5% of BC’s total land base and is the area with the greatest agricultural capacity. As a finite and valuable resource, the province decided to protect this land. It is important for landowners to know what activities may or may not be permitted within the ALR. Agricultural and farming uses are permitted in the ALR along with a number of compatible other uses.  Non-agricultural uses and subdivisions, unless permitted via regulation, are restricted unless approved by the Agricultural Land Commission. 


Osoyoos Lake - Ministry of Agriculture