A disposition can be amended by the Department’s Director at any time (Public Lands Act: Sections 26 (1)) as long as the disposition has been entered and proof of entry is displayed through the creation of a Site Entry Notification number.
Amendments may be used to address a:
- Change in location or route of the disposition
- Change in purposes
- Partial change in the disposition to address a partial assignment.
Amendment applications are processed similarly to a new disposition application since they can affect resource and land values, adjacent stakeholders and the public.
If a disposition holder wants to amend a surface disposition, they may:
- Apply for an amendment through the Electronic Disposition System. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the EDS - Public Land Disposition Amendments User Guide found at:
- Complete and submit a paper application with all applicable supporting documentation for the following activities only:
- Recreational Leases (REC)
- Surface Material Exploration (SME)
- Surface Material Licence (SMC)
Amendments submitted as paper applications still require a digital plan. Upon or before submission of a paper amendment the applicant must upload the encrypted plan received in the plan package generated by the Plan Confirmation Service into the Electronic Disposition System using the Plan Submission Package option.
Once a formal disposition has been entered upon, there may be instances when a disposition holder requires field approvals or authorizations as a result of unforeseen circumstances during construction. To facilitate this, the disposition holder can make an application for a Disposition Operational Approval (DOA) or Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) from the regulatory Operational Approval District office according to the PLAR Directives and Tables.
Disposition Operational Approvals (DOAs) are approvals issued to assist and facilitate the needs of the construction and development on public lands that are associated with a public lands formal disposition. Temporary Field Authorizations are short term authorizations issued to assist and facilitate activities on public lands that are not associated with a public lands formal disposition.
If the requested change to the disposition is outside the limits and guidance of the PLAR Directives and Tables (listed above), the request will not be approved and the applicant may be required to apply for the appropriate dispositions or to amend existing dispositions.
The Operational Approvals District office may generate a Landscape Analysis Tool report to ensure proper conditions are applied to the Disposition Operational Approval/Temporary Field Authorization. If the issuance of a Disposition Operational Approval/Temporary Field Authorization causes permanent changes to the disposition, the disposition holder will be required to amend the current disposition to accommodate these changes. This may result in a new survey, additional conditions or additional application elements being required. The limits within the PLAR Directives and Tables will assist in determining what is required.