Agriculture Land Reserve

My property is within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). How is my property affected?
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), is a provincial designation over land in the province which is regulated by the Agricultural Land Commission Act. Click here to view our brochure Planning_ALR_info.pdf [PDF - 533 KB] about the ALR, which outlines what the ALR is and how it is used to secure lands for agricultural purposes in BC You can also visit the Agricultural Land Commission website at www.alc.gov.bc.ca for further information and to view the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations.

Can I subdivide my property in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR?)
The ‘Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations‚ regulate subdivision in the ALR. If you wish to subdivide your property, you are required to make an application to the regional district. If approval from the Agricultural Land Commission is granted, you must then apply for subdivision to the Ministry of Transportation.

Can I have additional residences on my property in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)?
The Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulationspermits, for each parcel, one secondary suite within a single family dwelling and one manufactured home up to 9.0 metres in width, for use by a member of the owner's immediate family. The manufactured home must conform to the CSA Z240 standards. The manufactured home shall be sited on footings on grade as per manufacturers instructions (in-ground crawlspaces and basements are not permitted).

The Agricultural Land Commission may permit additional permanent dwellings if they are required for full time, legitimate farm operations. If you wish to have a dwelling unit for farm help, an ALR application to the regional district is required. Go to the Agricultural Land Commission website at www.alc.gov.bc.ca for further information and to view the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations.

Can I operate an agri-tourism activity on my property in the Agricultural Land Reserve?
The Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations permits temporary and seasonal agri-tourism activities in the ALR provided that land is assessed as ‘farm' under the Assessment Act, that the agri-tourism activity is an accessory use but related to the farm or ranch, and provided that the activity promotes or markets farm products produced on that farm.

Agri-tourism accommodation is regulated by the local zoning bylaw. In Electoral Areas ‘A', ‘B' or ‘C' (the Comox Valley), agri-tourism accommodation units are limited to a maximum of 5 sleeping units as follows:

A maximum of 3 sleeping units may be operated as a B&B operation;

An additional 2 sleeping units may be provided through campsites, RV sites and/or cabins. The maximum gross floor area of a cabin may not exceed 45.0 metres² (484.4 feet²).

For accommodation unit numbers in other electoral areas, please refer to the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulations available on line at www.alc.gov.bc.ca.