Step Two - Application Submission

Update: Public Lands Application Process – Supplements

As of April 28, 2017, Application Supplements will replace Environmental Field Reports (EFRs), SMC Aggregate Field Reports, and SML Site Information Forms. To assist you with this transition, Environment and Parks (AEP) has created Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Do you have any questions on this new process?

Please contact us at:

Environment and Parks (AEP) Information Centre
Call Toll Free Alberta: 310-3773
Outside Alberta: 1 780 944-0313
Toll Free: 1 877 944-0313
Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Customer Contact Centre
Alberta: 403 297-8311
Toll Free: 1 855 297-8311

Submitting Your Formal Disposition Application

Once you have completed the pre-application planning for your disposition, you will be able to submit your application to Environment and Parks (AEP or the Department) or the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER or the Agency). Below is a summary of some key things you should be aware of while making an application submission.

All these steps are available in more detail at:

Additional information on how to complete supplements for formal dispositions can be found at:

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1. Non-Refundable Application Fee

All formal disposition applications submitted to AEP are subject to a non-refundable application fee as defined in the Public Lands Rents and other Amounts Payable Order (Ministerial Order 28/2015). To view the order, see:

NOTE: Submissions made to AER do not carry an application fee, but other incidental charges may apply.

2. Electronic Disposition System (EDS) Submission

Most applications must be submitted through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS). For exceptions to the EDS application submission process, see Section 4 below.

Refer to the following manuals for details on accessing and using the EDS, or for additional information on dispositions:

  • Electronic Disposition System Access and Navigation User Manual
  • EDS – Surface Dispositions User Manual

These manuals and additional information on the EDS and how it works are accessible at:

All pre-application planning and application planning steps and documents must be completed for the system to accept the application.

3. Instructions for Specific Types of Operations

Information on the unique requirements for associated dispositions, access roads, and planning for temporary incidental activities.

A disposition application requirements guide for Commercial, Industrial and Recreational Operations.

Information on surface material disposition application requirements, including and excluding peat operations.

4. Exceptions to EDS Application Submissions

The following are submitted partially as a paper application with all the required documentation, and should be submitted by e-mail instead of through the EDS:

  • Recreational Leases (REC)
  • Surface Material Exploration (SME)
  • Surface Material Licence (SMC)

A digital plan is still required for these dispositions, and all the application requirements are the same for paper applications and for applications submitted through the Electronic Disposition System. Refer to the Guide for full details on these submissions.

5. Public Lands Disposition Required Components

Incomplete formal disposition applications will be rejected upon review, and application fees will not be refunded. Applicants must ensure you have met all the requirements and that you have attached all relevant documents:

All applications are required to include:

  • Consents
  • Disposition Application Cover Letter Template (under development)
  • File Number for Consultation
  • Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) report and Supplements
  • Land Standing report
  • Plan Confirmation Number
  • Project Description Cover Letter


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Updated: Jun 29, 2017