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Farmland assessments

Farmland assessments are regulated by the Municipal Government Act and are completed annually using the valuation date of July 1 of the previous year. The valuation standard for farm land assessments is agricultural use value. Land that has qualified for farm status will be assessed at a regulated rate and will not be assessed at market value.

What qualifies land for farm status?

Under Alberta Regulation 203/2017 (Matters Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulation) of the Municipal Government Act, a "farming operation” means the raising, production and sale of agricultural products and includes:

  • horticulture, aviculture, apiculture and aquaculture.
  • the raising, production and sale of (A) horses, cattle, bison, sheep, swine, goats or other livestock, (B) fur-bearing animals raised in captivity, (C) domestic cervids within the meaning of the Domestic Cervid Industry Regulation (AR 188/2014), or (D) domestic camelids,
  • the planting, growing and sale of sod and
  • an operation on a parcel of land for which a woodland management plan has been approved by the Woodlot Association of Alberta or a forester registered under Regulated Forestry Profession Act for the production of timber primarily marketed as whole logs, seed cones or Christmas trees, but does not include any operation or activity on land that has been stripped for the purposes of, or in a manner that leaves the land more suitable for, future development.

How do I apply for farmland status?

In order to apply for farmland status you must complete and submit a farmland Assessment Request for Information (ARFI). This form can be acquired by calling 403-268-2888 and asking for a blank copy of the Farmland ARFI. Land previously assessed as farmland will receive an ARFI for farmland properties each year. This ARFI must be completed and returned within the specified time frame. Land not previously assessed as farm land may qualify as farm land for the next taxation year if the owner completes an ARFI. ARFIs are available by contacting Assessment.

Submission of an ARFI does not guarantee farm land status. For more information, contact Assessment at 403-268-2888.

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