The Surface Rights Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that grants right of entry and assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about compensation when operators require access to private land or occupied crown land to develop subsurface resources such as oil, gas, and coal or to build and operate pipelines and power transmission lines.

Right of Entry
How to Apply

Applications for rights of entry must fully comply with all legislative requirements. To make an application for a Right of Entry Order, follow the detailed instructions prepared by Board Administration, linked under “Related Documents” on this page. An application that is submitted with errors or incomplete information will be rejected by Board Administration and returned to the applicant. It the responsibility of the applicant to correctly complete the application form. Please refer to Rule 15 of the Surface Rights Board Rules. To allow for the timely processing of a high volume of applications, administration is rejecting applications for right of entry when the first error is identified. Board administration does not review the remainder of the Application for further deficiencies after the first error is identified.

Applicants may contact board administration with specific questions for unusual situations that does not appear to be dealt with in the Right of Entry Order Application instructions. Please note as well that if an application is rejected, and then corrected and re-submitted, it will be placed in the order of receipt for processing. 
Note: It is highly recommended that Applicants contact the Board Officer team if more than 10 applications are projected to be submitted for a particular project. Communication between Applicants and administration allows the parties to establish a plan to assist in the timely, efficient processing of the applications. Often, applicants will be encouraged to only submit one or two application(s) to Board Administration prior to submitting all applications for the entire project. This will reduce the risk of errors delaying the processing of a large group of right of entry applications. The Board Officer team may be contacted by email at  

If you are appointing a representative please refer to Rule 9 of the Surface Rights Board Rules and the Appointment of Personal Representative Form.   

Withdrawing an application for a Right of Entry Order

An applicant who wishes to withdraw their filed application must apply in writing and deliver a copy of the request to all other parties. Rule 26 of the Surface Rights Board Rules states that after receiving a request to withdraw an application, the Board will consider if there is any claim from the respondents in the application for costs in connection with the application. The Board may decide to cancel the application, or cancel the application with an order for payment of costs.

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