New tourism and commercial recreation disposition type

Effective November 1, 2019 the Public Lands Administration Regulation has been amended to include a new public lands disposition type for tourism and commercial recreation with up to a maximum term of 60 years. This update includes changes to previous purposes and/or activities for recreation development.

Further information can be found at:


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

Alberta Environment and Parks Information Centre
Phone: 310-3773 (in Alberta)
Toll free: 1-877-944-0313


The Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) was passed on August 25, 2011, and was implemented on September 12, 2011. PLAR was updated in 2017.

Please ensure you are referencing the most current piece of legislation.

Master schedule of standards and conditions (MSSC)

The MSSC lists standards and conditions that apply to dispositions for public lands issued under the Public Lands Act.

Purpose of the PLAR Tables A1 and A2

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) manage the use of public lands. Table A1 lists purposes and activities administered by AEP. Table A2 lists purposes and activities administered by AER.

The tables:

  • list the acceptable purposes and activities that may occur on public land under the Public Lands Act
  • define each purpose and activity and identity their associated disposition type
  • itemize general application requirements

These tables are updated periodically and should be consulted frequently.

Sustainable use of land

PLAR allows government to ensure the sustainability of public land. It does not apply to private land. For more information:


Connect with the AEP Information Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-944-0313
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Connect with the AER Customer Contact Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-297-8311
Toll free: 1-855-297-8311 (in Alberta)
Fax: 403-297-7336

Alberta Energy Regulator, Head Office
Suite 1000, 250 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
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