DAILY NEWS May 20, 2014 12:39 PM - 0 comments

BC Crown land applications move online

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By: SWR Staff
2014-05-20

It’s now easier to deal with Crown land applications for uses such as clean energy, commercial and industrial uses, now that the process is available electronically through FrontCounter BC, effective May 23, 2014.

According to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the online system streamlines the applications process, promotes more complete applications and enhances client access to government information and services.

Once the electronic application is launched, old application forms will be phased out after 30 days, and clients will be directed to the new application form on FrontCounter BC’s website (www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca). Clients needing help with their application forms can visit any FrontCounter BC location or contact an agent through the FrontCounter BC Contact Centre at 1-877-855-3222.

Clients will be able to apply for Land Act authorizations in 21 different areas, including agriculture, tourism, clean energy, film and commercial and industrial uses. Improving the accessibility to these applications through the electronic system and streamlining the application process will support faster turnaround times for clients, thus supporting their economic development opportunities.

Quick Facts:

  • FrontCounter BC offers more than 130 natural resource-related permits and authorizations at each location
  • FrontCounter BC provides services on behalf of 16 additional partner agencies
  • Since Jan. 1, 2007, over 58,900 authorizations have been processed
  • The FrontCounter BC contact centre handles more than 25,000 inquiries annually.

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