Under the Public Lands Act, under section 9.1, the Minister may set fees, rents and other amounts payable for the use of public lands.
Public lands fees
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has standardized public lands fees to provide consistency across all disposition types — industrial, commercial, recreational and agricultural. These fees do not impact dispositions regulated by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).
Public lands fees table
|Application for a new disposition|
|Licence of Occupation (DLO)||$900|
|Recreational Miscellaneous Lease (REC)||$900|
|Pipeline Agreement (DPL)||$900|
|Pipeline Installation Lease (DPI)||$900|
|Right of Way Easement (EZE)||$900|
|Vegetation Control Easement (VCE)||$900|
|Mineral Surface Lease (DMS)||$900|
|Commercial/Industrial Miscellaneous Lease (DML)||$1,800|
|Land Review Request (LRR)||$1,050|
|Public Land Sale (PLS)||$1,050|
|Public Land Exchange (PLE)||$1,050|
|Surface Material Licence (SMC)||$445|
|Surface Material Exploration (SME)||$525|
|Surface Material Lease (SML)||$1,100|
|Tourism and Commercial Recreation Lease (TCL)||$1,800|
|Application for other activities|
|Application for new Consultative Notation||$785|
|Application for an amendment or consolidation for any disposition||$400|
|Application for a renewal for any disposition||$400|
|Application for an assignment of any disposition||$3,150|
|Application for a permit issued pursuant to section 144 (1) (b) to the Public Lands Administration Regulation||$450|
|The deposit on appraisals for the sale application of public land. The deposit is applied towards the sale price of the land if the transaction is approved.||$2,000|
|Reinstatement for any disposition||$400|
|Register a conditional surrender of lease for a DML, GRL, FDL, or SML||$400|
|Application for a reclamation certificate||$400|
|Disposition Mapping fee – New application plan||$125|
|Disposition Mapping fee – Amendment plan||$50|
|Research, scanning and photocopying. Estimate will be provided in advance; unused amount will be refunded (minimum charge $50, additional $50 per hour)||$50|
Surface material royalties
Surface material royalties are not indexed to inflation automatically. Prior to 2015, royalties had not been adjusted to reflect market conditions since the early 1990s. Royalty increases reflect the current value of this resource, which has increased exponentially along with Alberta’s population and the administrative costs of the program.
Surface material royalty rates table
|Royalty rate (per cubic yard)|
|Combination of Sand and Gravel||$1.20|
|Surcharges for licences issued at public pits (per cubic yard)|
|Reclamation surcharge for pits not operated by AEP||$0.10|
|Surcharge for reclamation, management and administration of pits operated by AEP is payable in an amount established with respect to the specific pit||Varies|
|Security deposit for surface material lease or surface material licence
AEP administers the collection of public land rent, fees and other charges associated with regulatory decisions issued by both AEP and the AER.
If you have a concern about your invoice, please contact AEP and ensure you have the following information:
- Disposition number (for example, DLO123456, DML123456)
- Disposition holder name
- Date of invoice in question
- Amount of invoice in question
Connect with AEP for invoicing:
Connect with AEP Provincial Approvals Section for general inquiries:
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