The ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) makes up just 5% of British Columbia's land and is the area that best supports agricultural activities. This land is a valuable resource and the government is determined to protect it by encouraging farm use activities on the land. This has seen some change in what owners are permitted to do with their land of course and that includes building.
Currently, one single-family dwelling per parcel is allowed provided it is permitted by zoning and size requirements. The amendments targeted secondary dwellings on properties within the ALR.
On July 4th, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture announced in a press release they are extending their deadline to obtain permits for manufactured homes for immediate family on ALR land until February 22nd, 2020. Subsequent to that press release, the Ministry announced on January 27th, 2020 the deadline has once again been extended, this time until December 31st, 2020.
Landowners have until December 31st, 2020 to obtain all required permits and authorization to have a manufactured home placed on their property for immediate family. Along with the home being 9m or less in width, it also must be for use by the owner or their immediate family. Immediate family includes the following:
Check to see if your property is located within the ALR with the ALR Property and Map Finder. Additionally, an inquiry with your local building department is always recommended.