Section 10.1 closures

Under Section 10.1 of the Land Act the Minister may specify that applications for a variety of reasons as listed in each Ministerial Order will not be accepted.

When in place, Ministerial Order numbers are listed below with a general description of the details of the order. The actual Ministerial Order can be found on the BC Laws website. For any questions related to the Ministerial Order details please contact the regional location of FrontCounter BC.

  • MO M329 August 23, 2021 - The West Coast Region of the Ministry has implemented a two-year prohibition on the acceptance of new private moorage applications within the Southern Gulf Islands and southeast shoreline of Vancouver Island.

    Private moorages can have the following impacts:

    • Restricted access to foreshore and marine areas
    • Increased turbidity from dock construction and increased boat traffic
    • Contamination from dock materials (e.g., treated timber, corrosion)
    • Increased shading to fish and fish habitat
    • Direct disturbance of marine resources, such as kelp, eelgrass, and clam beds

The cumulative impact of the proliferation of private moorage docks on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands has not been adequately characterized or measured. This has led to multi-year delays to decisions on private moorage applications.

The prohibition provides time to assess the cumulative impacts of existing and proposed private moorages on the Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands foreshore and marine environments, providing a pathway to decisions on private moorage applications currently in inventory and on new applications that may be accepted at the conclusion of the prohibition.

The prohibition does not apply to applications for new private moorage where road access to the associated upland property does not exist, nor to applications to replace or assign an existing permission, lease, or licence for private moorage within the existing tenure boundary.

  • MO M210 April 28, 2021– Applications for an Investigative Use License for a waterpower project are not accepted – In accordance with Section 10.1 of the Land Act, no applications will be accepted by the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in South Coast Region for disposition of Crown land for Investigative Use Licenses for a waterpower project effective April 28, 2021 to April 28, 2023, with the exception of when the applicant is a First Nation or a corporation controlled by a First Nation; and/or the Waterpower Project has secured an Electricity Purchase Agreement. 

  • MO M144 March 16, 2021 – Applications for a float home or Float home community not accepted effective March 16, 2021 to November 30, 2022  Ministerial Order No. M 144 (PDF, 1.4MB), with the exception of specific circumstances in the Powell River area where regional criteria has been developed to manage float home applications
  • MO M 452 2020 – Applications for agriculture and shoreland residential Crown grants not accepted -In accordance with Section 10.1 of the  Land Act, no application will be accepted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for a Crown grant for intensive agriculture, extensive agriculture, or shoreland residential purpose in the Omineca Natural Resource Region. Effective December 15, 2020 to March 31, 2022