Crown Land & Water Use

Crown land is land (or land covered by water like rivers or lakes) that is owned by the provincial government. This type of land is available to the public for many different purposes – from industry to recreation and research.

Crown Land Uses

Find out more about different Crown land uses and related application processes.

Additional Information for Applications

All applications to use the natural resources found on Crown land are submitted through FrontCounter BC, the province’s window into natural resource permitting, licensing and tenures.

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The Government Access Tool for Online Retrieval (GATOR) is a database that can be used to search the Crown land registry.

Off-Road Vehicles on Crown Land

The BC Government has established a cross-government framework to respond to huge growth in off-road vehicle use across the province. The framework includes new legislation, increased enforcement and new registration requirements, all to help protect people and the environment.