ORV Management Framework Improvements to Facilitate Tourism

Community and Resources


NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership


Whereas the Off Road Vehicle Act (ORV) was intended to create safe and more convenient incidental access to public roads and highways to better connect BC’s rural communities and support a first-rate ORV trail network and to allow local governments to expand their trail networks to take advantage of economic development opportunities by way of tourism;

And whereas the current administrative process to obtain Operation Permits as permitted under the ORV Act is onerous and not conducive to convenient incidental access to trail networks connecting multiple communities as a separate operation permit must be obtained from each jurisdiction:

Therefore be it resolved that the following changes to legislation are made:

·       Only one (1) Operation Permit required for approved access to multiple jurisdictions and/or communities, along a connecting designated ORV route and trail network, which can be issued in any of the jurisdictions or communities along the route.

·       Operation Permits can be issued by local RCMP or local government.

·       Operation Permit term extended from 2 years to 5 years to align with driver’s licence term.


The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not specifically addressed the issue of ORV operating permits.

However, the Committee notes that the membership has more broadly endorsed resolutions looking to license and regulate ORVs (2016-B67, 2013-B97, 2011-B20, 2009-A6, 2007-B20, 2005-B10, 2002-B9).


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