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
Overview of the Right of Entry Application Process
Maximize 1. Operator obtains Licence for the Project
Maximize 2. Obtaining Landowner/Occupant Consent:
Maximize 3. Operator Applies to the Board for a Right of Entry Order:
Maximize 4. Service of an Application for Right of Entry Order:
Maximize 5. If a party wants to object to the right of entry application:
Maximize 6. If there are no objections to the right of entry application:
Maximize 7. Determination of compensation upon granting the Right of Entry Order:
Related Procedures
Maximize a. Withdrawing an application for right of entry:
Maximize b.Five-year review of annual compensation:
Maximize c. Amending and varying the Right of Entry Order:
Maximize d. Requests to review, rescind, or amend a Right of Entry Order:
Minimize e. Termination of a Right of Entry Order:

Requests for termination of Right of Entry Orders may be considered under section 28 of the Surface Rights Act. Three most common reasons for making application for termination: 

  • The respondent may request termination if the operator has not entered the area within 2 months of the granting of the Right of Entry Order 
  • The Right of Entry Order is replaced by a Surface Lease between the operator and landowner/occupant 
  • The area involved has been reclaimed and a reclamation certificate has been issued. 

For more information about terminating a Right of Entry Order, see Apply to Terminate a Right of Entry Order.

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