Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) periodically reviews its processes. We do this in response to factors such as better scientific information and shifts in regulatory expectations.

Throughout 2017 and 2018, AEP made changes to surface material applications and review processes.

Borrow activities on public land

The Directive on Borrow Pits has been published and is available for the public. The Directive sets expectations with regard to how borrow applications will be considered as well as process and jurisdiction considerations.

Read the directive at Borrow Activities on Public Land.

Changes to the Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions

On November 22, 2018 there were changes made to the Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions (MSSC) and the Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR) Tables A1 and A2

Further information can be found at:

Sand & gravel program review

Surface material extraction is necessary to build our infrastructure and will continue to play an essential role in Alberta’s future. Pit operations are regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks and produce surface materials such as sand and gravel with a small number producing marl and clay. These surface materials are important non-renewable resources for Alberta’s economy and are found on public and private land. Extracting these materials must balance the economic and public benefits for Albertans while upholding high environmental standards to maintain biodiversity and healthy aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

The department is committed to updating surface material extraction programs to reflect improvements in scientific knowledge as well as Albertans’ changing regulatory expectations. The department has been conducting a review and developed draft recommendations to improve oversight and efficiencies in Alberta’s surface material extraction program.

Thank you to all that submitted recommendations for the review. We appreciate your feedback.

To read a summary of this feedback, please see: What We Heard: Stakeholder Feedback on the Sand and Gravel Program Review.

Public lands disposition application requirements

The application requirements for new and amendment application submissions for dispositions (excluding agricultural dispositions) on public land managed by Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) can be found at:

Learn about the public lands disposition application requirements with our e-Course:


To 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: 310-3773 (in Alberta)
Email: aepInfo-centre@gov.ab.ca