Working on the Land Base

B.C. is comprised of 94% provincial Crown land, 1% federal Crown land and 5% private land. Learn more about these different land types and appropriate uses for them.

Resource roads

Resource roads are typically one- or two-lane gravel roads built for industrial purposes to access natural resources in remote areas. Over 620,000 kilometers of roads on the British Columbia landbase are considered resource roads. Resource roads are a highly valued part of B.C.’s transportation network and are essential to economic development.

Natural resource permits

Permits and authorizations are needed for developing, extracting, removing or harvesting resources in B.C.

Natural Resource Major Projects

Major projects are complex natural resource development projects that require several different levels of planning and approvals. They usually share the following characteristics:

  •     Require a significant capital investment
  •     Take place on Crown land
  •     Involve multiple government authorizations

All-seasons Resorts

The British Columbia provincial government works with many partners to provide timely decisions for new mountain resort proposals, major resort expansions and other existing projects, such as large marinas.

Doing Business on the Land Base

Opportunities are regularly sought in the natural resource sector to improve sector administration and health and safety requirements for workers, clients, and contractors. This could include new application systems, eligibility criteria or other matters aligned with the opportunity and value associated with activities on the land base.

Fossil management

Fossils are part of British Columbia’s natural heritage. Fossils include preserved remains of organisms in rock and preserved biological activity such as footprints called trace fossils. The British Columbia Fossil Management Office oversees management of fossil resources in B.C.


British Columbia's heritage includes archaeological sites - the physical evidence of how and where people lived in the past.