FAQs

Why are local governments exempt from fees for land title register searches conducted for taxation and assessment purposes?

Section 381 of the Land Title Act establishes an exemption from payment of the statutory fees incurred by taxing authorities for searches...

Do local governments have other exemptions from payment of statutory fees for LTSA's services?

No. Local governments' use of land title records for any purpose other than assessment or taxation requires local governments to pay statutory...

My local government currently share plans and documents that we obtain on a fee-exempt basis with others. Is this practice acceptable?

No, making these records available at no charge for any use other than assessment or taxation purposes is not permitted. These records are made...

How does my organization become eligible to hold a conservation covenant on a particular parcel of land?

Individuals and non-government organizations are able to register a covenant on private lands. Anyone interested in registering and holding...

The LTSA cautions against this due to risk to the local government. There are two key reasons why:

  1. Land title records change frequently and may not be current. By making these records available, the local government would assume all liability for making available records which may have been subsequently changed or altered. Local governments should always obtain the most current records electronically from myLTSA.
  2. Requests for land title records are often made in the context of a larger transaction, such as the development of land, the purchase or sale of land, an estate matter, or other matters that raise important legal issues. In that context, local governments may take on unintended risks by providing land title records search services.

Members of the public requesting copies of LTSA records from your local government such as titles, documents or plans should be directed to a hire a professional