Recreational Leases Now in the Electronic Disposition System
Effective February 16, 2018, Recreational Lease (REC) applications for new dispositions and amendments, and renewals of existing dispositions will be submitted through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS). Having REC applications submitted through EDS is the next step in creating a consistent process for all disposition applications on public land and will provide more consistency, clarity, and efficiency for applicants.
Please see the following announcement for further information:
Acceptable Forms of Security Deposit
The beneficiary/assignee has been changed from the Government of Alberta to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Alberta as represented by the Minister of Environment and Parks. Cash is defined as money,
cheques, certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders and are made payable to the Government of Alberta.
Please see the following document for further information
PLAR Table A1: AEP Public Land Dispositions and PLAR Table A2: AER Public Land Disposition Changes
Effective December 15, 2017 there will be updates to the PLAR Table A1: AEP Public Land Dispositions and PLAR Table A2: AER Public Land Dispositions:
These changes include:
- Updates to access
- Updates to surface materials (PLAR Table A1)
- Updates to above ground pipelines (PLAR Table A1 and A2)
Please see the following Announcement for more information:
For further information please refer to:
Disposition Management Overview
Public lands dispositions are regulated by two key pieces of legislation and administered by Environment and Parks (AEP) (the Department) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) (the Agency).
Sections from a number of other pieces of legislation have relevance, depending on the land location and activity planned.
The Department and the Agency are committed to providing the public with information needed to determine if an application for a public land disposition is needed, and, if it is, provide information,
tools, information technology systems
and forms to help with the application process.
These webpages are intended to ensure that all parties and stakeholders have access to and use the same information for the processes and requirements defined in legislation.
Definition of Public Lands and Ownership
Public lands administered under the Public Lands Act means "land of the Crown in right of Alberta" (Public Lands Act: Section 1(p)).
Under the Public Lands Act: Section 3, the Government of Alberta owns the beds and shores of most permanent naturally occurring rivers, streams, watercourses, lakes, and other water bodies in
the province (shorelands). For more
information refer to:
Water body is defined in the Water Act, Section (1)(ggg) as "any location where water flows or is present, whether or not the flow or the presence of water is continuous, intermittent or occurs
only during a flood, and includes
but is not limited to wetlands and aquifers but does not include except for clause (nn) and section 99 "water body" that is part of an irrigation works if the" irrigation works is subject to a licence
and the irrigation works is owned
by the licensee, unless the regulations specify that the location is included in the definition of water body."
Public Lands Administration through Dispositions
Administration of public lands includes controlling "Rights of Access," "Surface Rights" and "Subsurface Rights" (mineral rights). The Department and the Agency manage the use of public lands for all
Albertans through the issuance of
dispositions. A disposition must be obtained under the Public Lands Act for any access to or activity on public lands and in compliance with the Public Lands Administration Regulation.
The Public Lands Act (Section 1(e)) states "disposition" means any instrument executed pursuant to this Act, the former Act, The Provincial Lands Act, RSA 1942 c62, or the Dominion Lands Act
(Canada), RSC 1927 c113, whereby
- any estate or interest in land of the Crown, or
- any other right or privilege in respect of land of the Crown that is not an estate or interest in land, is or has been granted or conveyed by the Crown to any person, but does not include a grant.
All public lands is administered by the Department and the Agency "except that public land that is, by virtue of any other Act or an order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, under the administration
of another Minister of the
Crown or of a Crown corporation" (Public Lands Act: Section 2(2)).
Road allowances are owned by the Government of Alberta. If the road allowance has been surveyed, it is administered by Transportation and in some cases a municipality. If it has not been surveyed, it
is labeled a "Theoretical Road Allowance"
and is administered by the Department under the Public Lands Act.
List of public lands under the jurisdiction of other Government of Alberta Departments, Agencies or Governments:
- Canadian Forces bases (except Cold Lake and Wainwright Weapons Ranges, but require appropriate Supplement documents)
- Metis Settlements
- National Parks
- Special Areas
- Treaty First Nations Lands
An Order-in-Council was used to set aside or give an interest in Alberta public lands to Canada for purposes such as national defence. The Department and the Agency do administer public lands within the
Cold Lake and Wainwright Air Weapons
Range, understanding the applicant must ensure through contact with Department of National Defense (Canada) for consent of that activity.
Several resources are available to help guide you through the public lands disposition application process
Alberta Public Lands Glossary of Terms
There are many words used in managing dispositions which have very specific meanings and provide information required for an application. The Department has developed definitions for the common terms
used in managing dispositions.
Disposition Application e-Course
An online e-Course has been developed to help guide users through the disposition application process from start to finish.
Disposition Application Information
For more information on determining if you need a public lands disposition and the application process refer to:
For additional information on disposition management or questions about applying for a disposition, contact:
AEP Information Centre
Toll free: 1 877-944-0313
AER Customer Contact Centre
Alberta: 403 297-8311
Toll free: 1 855 297-8311
Fax: 403 297-7336
Note: The information on these webpages has been developed to be consistent with Legislation, Orders in Council, Ministerial Orders, Codes of Practice, Treaties/Agreements, Policies,
Frameworks, Strategies, Plans and
other approved documents which provide direction on implementing legislation. Should the Legislation or any of these documents be amended, or it is found that there is a discrepancy between the information
provided through these pages
and Legislation, the Legislation shall prevail.
Please ensure you read the most current relevant legislation and other regulatory documents. The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure you are in compliance with these.
Updated: Feb 16, 2018