Agricultural Land Reserve

About the Agricultural Land Reserve

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 controlled.

The ALR covers approximately 4.7 million hectares. It includes private and public lands that may be farmed, forested or vacant land. Some ALR blocks cover thousands of hectares while others are small pockets of only a few hectares.

In total, the ALR comprises those lands within BC that have the potential for agricultural production.

The Agricultural Land Reserve 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.

The Agricultural Land Commission Act sets the legislative framework for the establishment and administration of the agricultural land preservation program.

Who needs to make an application?

If your property is within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), you may need to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for:

  • Include land into the ALR
  • Exclude land from the ALR
  • Subdivide land within the ALR
  • Non-Farm Use on ALR land 

Check the map on the ALC website to see if you are within the ALR. Launch ALR Property and Map Finder

Why do I apply to the CSRD if the ALR is a provincial system?

The application process requires the local government to file a Local Government Report concerning your proposal. The purpose of the report is to provide the Commission with information on local planning such as community plan and zoning designations and to give the local government an opportunity to make comments and recommendations on a proposal.

New Online Application Portal

July 15, 2015 - The ALC announces the launch of its new online ALC application system called the Application Portal. The Application Portal provides a streamlined web-based application process for applicants, local government and the public. The general public will also have greater awareness of the application work of the ALC.

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Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) - Application Process

More questions?

Please review the ALC's website for further information including how to apply.

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