Surface Material Applications

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:

Changes to the Electronic Disposition System (EDS) Related to File Number for Consultation (FNC) Requirements and Associated Applications

On July 27, 2017, changes to the Electronic Disposition System (EDS) related to applications for associated dispositions with a different File Number for Consultation (FNC) requirement came into effect. To determine how these updates may impact your application submission, please refer to the below document and the PLAR Table A1 and PLAR Table A2 posted to the website.


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

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: Jan 25, 2018