Sponsored Crown Grant and Nominal Rent Tenures
Local governments and community organizations can apply to the
Province, through Front
Counter BC, for access to Crown land through a Sponsored Crown Grant
or a Nominal Rent Tenure.
All applications are considered using standardized selection criteria
and transparent accounting processes for this category of Crown land
disposition. The Province uses the fair market value of the Crown land
to budget and record the grants and tenures as an expense against the
Crown Land Special Account.
Each year the Ministry is provided an allocation from the Crown Land
Special Account to support Sponsored Crown Grants and Nominal Rent
Tenures. Eligible applicants include municipalities, regional districts,
and community organizations. Generally the value of applications
exceeds the allocation, so qualified applications may need to be
resubmitted for consideration at a later date.
Sponsored Crown Grants
Sponsored Crown Grants are transfers of Crown land from the Province to
municipalities and regional districts.
Nominal Rent Tenures
Nominal Rent Tenures are leases and licences of occupation of Crown land
provided to municipalities, regional districts and community
organizations for a token or nominal amount of rent.
Applications from local governments and community organizations are
received by Front Counter
BC, which determines whether the Crown land is eligible for release
and the current market value of the land.
Applications for Nominal Rent Tenures valued at more than $100,000 and
all Crown Grants are forwarded to the appropriate ministries for
sponsorship. The Ministry is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and
making recommendations to the Minister on applications related to uses
such as sewage treatment plants, reservoirs, water treatment facilities,
local government offices, community halls, fire halls, regional parks,
recreational facilities, airports, and heritage sites.
The Minister is responsible for approving applications for sponsorship
and notifying the applicant of the outcome. An affirmative sponsorship
decision would trigger the next part in the process, which is for the
Province to consult with First Nations and other ministries and agencies
to ensure there are no issues with the land being released to the
Should an applicant wish to acquire Crown land without sponsorship or if
the value of a Nominal Rent Tenure is below $100,000, the Ministry is
For more information contact the
Community Relations Branch.