April 3, 2019
Thinking about buying a property located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)?
As of February 22, 2019 the BC government has introduced a few changes to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Act which affect the size and number of dwellings allowed on a parcel of land in the ALR.
ONLY ONE RESIDENCE PER ALR PARCEL IS PERMITTED
THE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE CANNOT EXCEED 500 m2 (5,400 sqft)
Previously the ALC Act allowed additional dwellings for farm help or immediate family members. This meant that manufactured homes could be brought onto the property or accommodation above an existing farm building could be constructed. This is no longer true. These types of dwellings would now be considered a "non-adhering residential use" and must now be approved through an application process.
Because there are many homes in the ALR which already have more than one dwelling, the Act contains some grandfathering provisions. Carefully refer to the Act and Bulletin No. 05 to see which provisions apply to your specific case.