Surface Material Applications

Surface Material Exploration and Surface Material Licences Now in the Electronic Disposition System

Effective April 19, 2018, Surface Material Exploration (SME) and Surface Material Licences (SMC) applications for new dispositions will be submitted through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS). Having SME and SMC 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:


Do you have any questions on this new process? Please contact us at:

AEP Information Centre
Alberta: 310-3773
Toll free: 1 877-944-0313

Sand & Gravel Program Review

About this Review:

Surface material extraction is necessary to build our infrastructure and will continue to play an essential role in Alberta’s future. Pit operations are regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks and produce surface materials such as sand and gravel with a small number producing marl and clay. These surface materials are important non-renewable resources for Alberta’s economy and are found on public and private land. Extracting these materials must balance the economic and public benefits for Albertans while upholding high environmental standards to maintain biodiversity and healthy aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

The department is committed to updating surface material extraction programs to reflect improvements in scientific knowledge as well as Albertans’ changing regulatory expectations. The department has been conducting a review and developed draft recommendations to improve oversight and efficiencies in Alberta’s surface material extraction program.

Thank you to all that submitted recommendations for the review. We appreciate your feedback.

To read a summary of this feedback, please see:

For further information on surface material dispositions, please visit:

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).

New Public Lands Disposition Application Requirements

As of April 28, 2017, the application requirements for new and amendment application submissions for dispositions (excluding agricultural dispositions) on public land managed by Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) are in effect. New website content for these requirements can be found at:

Notice: Learn about the new public lands disposition application requirements with our e-Course:

Please continue to check the Public Lands Dispositions website for further information.


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Updated: Mar 29, 2018