Stage 1: Proposed acquisition

You will receive a proposed acquisition notice

The first formal step in the compulsory acquisition process is for the acquiring authority to send you a proposed acquisition notice. This will include:

  • a description of the land
  • the acquiring authority
  • the timeframe for the compulsory acquisition.

The acquiring authority will send this notice to all parties with an interest in the land, including those who are lawfully occupying it or are registered on the land title. It must also tell the Valuer General.

An acquiring authority cannot compulsorily acquire your land without first giving you a proposed acquisition notice.

You can continue to negotiate with the acquiring authority after you receive this notice. If you reach an agreement, you can finalise the acquisition by a contract and transfer or formal agreement.

We will contact you

We will generally contact you after the acquiring authority tells the Valuer General it has sent you a proposed acquisition notice. We will write to you to:

  • explain the Valuer General’s role
  • remind you to complete your claim for compensation
  • introduce you to your coordinator, who will be your contact for questions, information and conference requests
  • advise you on how to access professional help.

We will also give you:

  • the Valuer General’s policy (PDF 771.1 KB) for determining compensation
  • a brochure (PDF 1.6 MB) with more information about the compensation process.

In some cases, we will start work on the determination of compensation as soon as we receive a proposed acquisition notice, before your land is compulsorily acquired.

We may reach out to discuss this with you. But we will not share any valuation information at this time, as you still might reach an agreement with the acquiring authority.

The acquiring authority will cover your reasonable costs

The acquiring authority will cover your reasonable costs, including professional valuation and legal advice. These costs are included in the compensation determined.

Costs should be:

  • incurred, or likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the acquisition
  • within a reasonable price range for similar matters
  • supported by your evidence.

A professional association may be engaged to review fees.

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