Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a provincial designation in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled. The ALR includes those lands within BC that have the potential for agricultural production. The ALR takes precedence over, but does not replace, other legislation and bylaws that may apply. Local and regional governments, as well as other provincial agencies, are expected to plan in accordance with the provincial policy of preserving agricultural land.
If you have land within the ALR, it means that the land is subject to the Agricultural Land Commission Act and ALR regulations. Subdivision and non-farm use of lands require an application and approval by the ALC.
Requests to add, remove or subdivide land within the Agricultural Land Reserve or to accommodate a non-farm use on agricultural lands are made through us with final approval made by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).
When is an ALC application required?
An ALC application is required whenever a land owner of property within the Agricultural Land Reserve intends to:
- Include land;
- exclude land;
- subdivide land (including homesite severances);
- and use land for non-farm purposes.
What is considered “farm use”?
Various activities are designated as “farm use” as per the ALC Act and have use regulations. Examples of permitted uses include:
- agri-tourist activities;
- farm retail;
- wineries & cideries;
- equestrian facilities.
Examples of uses that are not outright permitted within the ALR (non-farm uses) include:
- more than one residential dwelling;
- removal of soil;
- placement of fill.
Refer to the ALC website for more information whether a use is or is not permitted within the ALR.
Applications are made directly to the City of Kelowna by filling out the ‘Application By Landowner’ ALC form. Further information on the types of applications and information required is available from the ALC and/or the City of Kelowna.
To start, you will need to:
- know your ALR status (visit ALC website or zoning map )
- review the City's zoning requirements
- review the ALC's policies
Other development applications that might be needed include:
- Farm Development Permit
- Urban Design Development Permit
- Environmental Development Permits
- Natural Environment/Hazardous Area
- Hillside Development
- Development Variance Permit
To ease you through the development permit and ALC application process, we recommend you set up a pre-application meeting with one of our Planners.
Once you've completed any development permits (if necessary), you can apply for building permits at City Hall.
All agricultural Development applications are reviewed by the Agricultural Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC), prior to consideration by City Council and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). Please note this process can take up to 6 months to complete.