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.
What does this mean...
Landowners have until February 22nd, 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:
Where to start...
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 as well.
Feel free to take a peek at the information bulletin updated by the ALC (Agricultural Land Commission) in August 2019. LCM Homes has a dedicated and educated team that can provide assistance to those looking to put a manufactured home on their property within the ALR.
Depending on where you are located, building departments can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months to process permit applications for manufactured homes. We encourage all those who are wanting to put a secondary dwelling on their property in the ALR to contact us as soon as possible to get the ball rollin'!