Legally Defined Administrative Areas of BC Boundary Locations - Internal

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Access Only

These point locations were determined from metes and bounds descriptions as written in Letters Patent for the following administrative boundaries:

  • Province of BC

  • Regional Districts

  • Municipalities

  • Electoral Areas

  • Islands Trust

  • Local Trust Areas

Point locations often represent the beginning or end of a segment defined by a metes and bounds descriptor. Point locations may also represent the intersection of two boundary line segments if it is not a surveyed point (e.g., the boundary switches from following height of land to the centerline of a river).

This is an internal only dataset. The data has an attribute called PUBLIC_IND which indicates whether the record is public (Y) or not public (N). Only records which are public appear in the publicly accessible version, which is available here.

A complimentary polygonal dataset that defines the administrative areas is also available here.

Individual datasets are also available from the following records:

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


Administrative boundaries are used by agencies at all levels of government for land use planning, treaty negotiations, emergency management and planning, running elections, conducting demographic analysis and municipal planning. Boundary locations are points along the boundary that provide geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) as well as UTM coordinates. They also identify the PoC (Point of Commencement), which can be used when reviewing metes and bounds descriptions.

Data Quality

Digital linework and points used to generate Regional Districts, Electoral Areas and Municipalities were reviewed by a professional surveyor.

Lineage Statement

Primary data sources for the Administrative Boundary Management System(ABMS) include Metes and Bounds legal descriptions from the Letters Patent, ICF (Integrated Cadastre Fabric), TRIM (Terrain Resource Information Mapping), and FWA (Freshwater Atlas). Other sources were used to clarify boundaries (e.g., Tantalis for crown land parcels, legal plans, etc.).

The following datasets have a data custodian of GeoBC, with Scott MacPhail as the contact (

  • Province of BC

The following datasets have a data custodian of MCSCD (Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Local Government Governance and Structure, with Liz Lane as the contact (

  • Regional Districts

  • Municipalities

  • Electoral Areas

  • Islands Trust

  • Local Trust Areas

More Information

Contact Information

NameJoy Sinnett (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Government
Who can download this dataset?Government

Metadata Information

Record Published 2016-05-02
Record Last Modified 2018-03-13
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: ABMS_LOC_G
Comments: ABMS_LGL_ADMIN_AREA_LOC_SP contains specific legally defined administrative boundary locations in the Province of British Columbia. This layer is intended for internal BC Government access and does not contain multipart features.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
LGL_ADMIN_AREA_LOC_ID LGL_DMN_ID NUMBER 10 LGL_ADMIN_AREA_LOC_ID is an operationally-generated unique identification number.
ADMIN_AREA_LOCATION_TYPE LOC_TYPE VARCHAR2 20 ADMIN_AREA_LOCATION_TYPE is a low-level grouping of Administration Area locations used to categorise features when reporting and labeling, e.g., PoC (Point of Commencement), GEO (Geographic Coordinate).
ADMIN_AREA_LOCATION_LABEL LOC_LABEL VARCHAR2 50 ADMIN_AREA_LOCATION_LABEL is the text used on a label for an Administration Area location, e.g., Point of Commencement starts here.
ADMIN_AREA_NAME AA_NAME VARCHAR2 200 ADMIN_AREA_NAME is the authoritative, officially approved name given to the Administrative Area, e.g., Regional District of Alberni Clayquot.
ADMIN_AREA_ABBREVIATION AA_ABBRVTN VARCHAR2 50 ADMIN_AREA_ABBREVIATION is a short form or commonly-known acronym for the Administrative Area name, e.g., Tofino (Corporation of the Village of Tofino), RDAC (Regional District of Alberni Clayquot).
ADMIN_AREA_GROUP_NAME AA_GRP_NM VARCHAR2 200 ADMIN_AREA_GROUP_NAME is the name given to the larger administrative area (if there is any) of which this feature is a member, e.g., Regional District of Alberni Clayquot (This would be the ADMIN_AREA_GROUP_NAME of the feature called "The Corporation of the Village of Tofino").
LATITUDE LATITUDE NUMBER 8 LATITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653.
LONGITUDE LONGITUDE NUMBER 9 LONGITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544.
UTM_ZONE UTM_ZONE NUMBER 2 UTM_ZONE is a segment of the Earth's surface 6 degrees of longitude in width. The zones are numbered eastward starting at the meridian 180 degrees from the prime meridian at Greenwich. There are five zones numbered 7 through 11 that cover British Columbia, e.g., Zone 10 with a central meridian at -123 degrees.
UTM_EASTING UTM_EAST NUMBER 9 UTM_EASTING is the distance in meters eastward to or from the central meridian of a UTM zone with a false easting of 500000 meters.
UTM_NORTHING UTM_NORTH NUMBER 7 UTM_NORTHING is the distance in meters northward from the equator.
CHANGE_REQUESTED_ORG CHNG_ORG VARCHAR2 30 CHANGE_REQUESTED_ORG is the government acronym of the Ministry or sub-org that last requested the change that resulted in the modification of the record, e.g., GeoBC, MCSCD.
UPDATE_TYPE UPDT_TYPE VARCHAR2 50 UPDATE_TYPE is a short description of the latest alteration of the feature's geographic or attribute content, e.g., Inserted (added new), Change in geometry.
WHEN_UPDATED WHEN_UPDTD DATE 7 WHEN_UPDATED is the date and time the record was last modified.
ACCURACY_CODE ACCRCY_CD VARCHAR2 10 ACCURACY_CODE is a coded-value indicator of the quality of the map point placement, e.g., 10 (Better or equal to 10 metres), 100 (Better or equal to 100 metres), Unknown (Accuracy unknown).
MAP_POINT_NOTES MP_PNT_NTS VARCHAR2 512 MAP_POINT_NOTES are textual information or special instructions pertaining to the Map Point e.g., Point shifted to HWM of river.
PUBLIC_IND PUBLIC_IND VARCHAR2 1 PUBLIC_IND is a security indicator field that designates whether the feature is publically available or not, e.g., Y (data is publically available); N (data is not publically available).
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA ANNO_CAD BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.