Public Lands Administration Regulation

2017 Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) Tables A1 and A2 Now Available

The 2017 PLAR Tables A1 and A2 are now available for use.

These two tables provide the acceptable purposes and activities that may occur on public land and information for applying for new public land dispositions and applying to renew public land dispositions.

Table A1 is administered by the Ministry of Environment and Parks (AEP). Table A2 is administered by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

Periodic updates occur to these tables and they should be consulted frequently.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the 2016 PLAR Table A1 can be directed to:

  • Environment and Parks (AEP) Information Centre
    Email: AEP.Info-Centre@gov.ab.ca
    Tel: 310-3773 in Alberta or 1 877 944-0313 toll free

Questions regarding the 2016 PLAR Table A2 can be directed to:

  • Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Customer Contact Centre
    Email: inquiries@aer.ca
    Tel: 403 297-8311 in Alberta or 1 855 297-8311 toll free
    Fax: 403 297-7336

Frequently Asked Questions about 2016 Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) Table A1 and Table A2

Common Questions

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What is the purpose of these tables?

The 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2, were designed to list the accepted purposes and activities authorized under the Public Lands Act and to clarify the rights and responsibilities associated with those activities. Periodic updates occur to these tables due to operational and policy changes within the department.

When do the tables come into effect?

The 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2 come into effect on July 29, 2016.

What is the difference between Table A1 and Table A2?

The 2016 PLAR Table A1 is for purposes and/or activities administered by the Ministry of Environment and Parks (AEP).

The 2016 PLAR Table A2 is for purposes and/or activities administered by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

What changes have been made to the tables?

  • The 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2 now include plan requirements for each specific purpose and its corresponding activity.
  • Purposes and activities have been added, deleted, or modified.

Applying for Dispositions

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Can I apply for a new disposition for a purpose and/or activity not on the tables?

No, you can only apply for a new disposition for a purpose and/or activity that exist on the 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2.

Purposes, activities, and dispositions types within the 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2 reflect current land use best practices and sanctioned activities authorized by the department.

Can I apply to renew a disposition for a purpose and/or activity not on the tables?

Yes, you will still be able to apply to renew a disposition for a purpose and/or activity not on the 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2. These dispositions may be allowed to continue as-is. However, the purpose and/or activity may be updated by the department as part of the renewal process or an amendment may be required.

  • For example, a disposition for a purpose and/or activity not on the 2016 PLAR Tables A1 and A2 is the generic purpose of an access road. Access roads are now classified by specific road classes from I to VI.

Can I apply to renew a disposition where the disposition type has changed?

It depends on the disposition, purpose and activity you wish to renew.

A new application may be required.

  • For example, if a disposition is a Pipeline Agreement (DPL/PLA) for a Fresh Water or Produced Waste Water activity, it must be applied for as a Licence of Occupation (DLO/LOC) through the application process due to legislative interpretation.

A new application and/or amendment may be required.

  • For example, if a Miscellaneous Lease (DML) disposition is for an Airstrip or Heliport activity with associated facilities (e.g. hangar, tower, etc.) an amendment may be required as determined by the regulatory body to exclude the Airstrip or Heliport from the disposition. The Miscellaneous Lease (DML) purpose will need to be changed to Aerial-Airstrip/Heliport Facilities. The Airstrip or Heliport must be applied for as a Licence of Occupation (DLO) through the application process.

Public Lands Administration Regulation Allows for Sustainable Use of Land

The Public Lands Administration Regulation will allow government to better manage our increasingly busy landscape to ensure the activities happening on public land are sustainable. It does not apply to private land. The regulation was passed on August 25, 2011, and was implemented on September 12, 2011.

The regulation focuses on three key themes:

  • Land Management
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Appeals and Dispute Resolution

Consultation was a key step in developing this regulation. We engaged stakeholders, First Nations and Albertans online. The online survey attracted 2,139 responses. Most supported the intent of the regulation.

PLAR Handbook of Instruments Pursuant to Public Lands Act and Public Land Administration Regulation (PLAR)

PLAR Handbook of instruments provides an overview of the public lands administration, the instruments used in public land administration under the authority of the Public Lands Act and the Public Land Administration Regulation, other applicable statutes and regulations and their relationship within the Alberta regulatory system.

The Public Lands Act amendments of April 2010 and PLAR that came into force in September 2011 redefined some of the ways public land administration is carried out. Consequently some of the instruments used in public land administration and the accompanying processes needed to be redefined. Purpose of this handbook is to explain the classification of dispositions, the types of dispositions issued under the Public Lands Act, the differences between the way the types of dispositions were used prior to PLAR and how they must be used after PLAR.

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Updated: May 25, 2017