Crown Land Management
Crown land makes up 94% of British Columbia’s land base. The allocation and management of Crown land plays a key role in expanding and diversifying the economy, sustaining environmental values, and promoting the health and well-being of all British Columbians. Crown land is governed by three Acts of legislation and regulations: the Land Act, the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act, and the University Endowment Lands Act, as well as a series of Crown land agreements.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR) administers, allocates, adjudicates, documents and manages Crown land tenures for land programs assigned to ILMB. Crown land tenuring staff provide adjudication of Land Act applications in accordance with the Crown Land Allocation Framework.
As well, FLNR is responsible for: promoting adventure tourism; coordinating the permitting process for clean energy projects; ensuring compliance with the terms of tenure documents; enforcing the related statutes and legal agreements; providing spatial information and analysis; and, supporting the strategic demands for Crown land from First Nations and local governments. For more information, please see our Service Plan.
The Land Tenures Branch delivers guidance across government for Crown land administration by maintaining the Crown land policies, Crown land procedures, and a searchable database on Applications and Reasons for Decision for Crown land tenures.
FrontCounter BC, with eight locations throughout the province, is a single window for clients of provincial natural resource ministries and agencies that can advise on the various approvals. Applications for land tenures should be made to the FrontCounter BC office nearest you. Learn more about FrontCounter BC through the following links:
Land & Marine Planning
FLNR provides leadership for developing and implementing land and marine plans and agreements for BC's Crown land and coastal marine resources. This includes establishing legal orders to implement approved plans. The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands provides policy direction and guidelines to support planning.
Learn more about land and marine planning services in BC through the following links:
- About Land and Marine Planning
- History of Land and Marine Planning
- What Are Land and Marine Plans and Agreements?
- First Nations Engagement in Land and Marine Planning
- Coastal Marine Planning
To find a specific land or marine plan, follow this link or search by Region.