Request Process & Forms
Information about Reserves
- Reserve Request Form (PDF)
Before submitting a request, please read the following:
- Getting started with Reserves
- Information Update #10: Reserves Established Under the Mineral Tenure Act and the Coal Act (PDF)
- Mineral Tenure Act: Section 22, Mineral Reserves
- Coal Act: Section 21, Coal land reserves
Along with the completed request form (PDF), maps and/or digital shape files must be submitted with the pertinent supporting information outlined in Section 3 of the form.
Please send form to the attention of:
Mineral Lands Administrator
to the Vancouver Office
Alternatively, requests may be sent by email with an attached PDF to: Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca. Please include a subject line of "Request for Reserve".
When a reserve is requested, the Ministry of Energy and Mines, as well as the land planner for the appropriate region, reviews the content and proposed area.
A review is not required where a protocol agreement exists since the review is conducted by the designated agency prior to an application being submitted (e.g. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation for Treaty Settlement Lands or Inter-Agency Management Committees for regional land plans).
The acceptance of a request for a reserve does not in any way guarantee that the reserve will be granted. The requestor should be aware that the request may be denied due to considerations such as mineral potential, the need for multiple land use capability in the area, or another pre-existing use of the land.
There is no set timeline for the establishment of a reserve. The length of time it may take from the submission of a request to a decision on whether to establish a reserve will depend on both the complexity of the request and its relative priority with regard to interests of the Province.
There is no recording fee, and a free miner certificate is not required to submit a reserve request.