FAQs

How do I go about subdividing my land or consolidating lots?

Please consult your municipality or regional district with respect to all subdivision and consolidation questions and applications. A BC land...

My property corner stake/post is missing. Who is qualified to survey my property?

A practicing BC land surveyor (BCLS) who is a member of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors is the only person qualified to legally...

A water body adjacent to my property has deposited material which, over time, has caused my property area to expand. Does this new land area now belong to me?

Under common law, a waterfront property owner does own land that has legitimately accreted to the upland through gradual and imperceptible natural...

My property adjoins a body of water that has eroded my land. How do I establish my actual property boundary?

Waterfront properties have natural boundaries that are subject to the forces of erosion and deposition (accretion). A BC land surveyor is licensed...

What types of survey plans retained by the LTSA are of historical interest?

Various survey plans of historic interest are retained by the LTSA, including:

  • Indian reserve plans
  • Federal Harbour plans....

Owners of waterfront properties enjoy certain riparian rights. These rights include access to and from the water, protection of the property from erosion, and ownership of lawful accretion.

A waterfront property can also lose land through slow and natural erosion. For a fulsome explanation of common law rights enjoyed by a waterfront parcel, please seek legal advice.

To determine the extent of a waterfront parcel, please contact a British Columbia land surveyor.