FrontCounter BC launches online Crown land applications
Crown land applications will become easier to access for clients when the process is available electronically through FrontCounter BC, effective May 23, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced last month.
With the addition of online applications for Crown land, the suite of automated applications and permits available through FrontCounter BC’s online system continues to grow. 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.
“Once again, as part of our commitment through the BC Jobs Plan to streamline permitting processes, we have provided British Columbians with an easier way to access applications for Crown land,” said Thomson.
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.
FrontCounter BC offers more than 130 natural resource-related permits and authorizations at each location.
Since Jan. 1, 2007, over 58,900 authorizations have been processed.
The FrontCounter BC contact centre handles more than 25,000 inquiries annually.