A disposition may be amended by the Department/Agency as defined in section 26(1) of the Public Lands Act as long as the disposition has been entered and proof of entry is confirmed 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 purpose
- Change in boundary
- Change in dimensions
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 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, there may be instances when a disposition holder requires 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 body’s Operational Approvals District office. For further information please see:
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 formal disposition or authorization. Normally these are issued for short terms, however these can be issued for a term matching that of the related disposition.
Temporary Field Authorizations (TFAs) are short term authorizations issued to utilize vacant public land for a specified term and use.
If the requested DOA or TFA proposes a purpose and/or activity that is outside the limits and guidance of the PLAR Information Letters 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 request the applicant generate a Landscape Analysis Tool report to ensure proper conditions are applied to the DOA or TFA.
If the issuance of a Disposition Operational Approval causes permanent changes to its related disposition, the disposition holder will be required to amend the related disposition to accommodate these changes.