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...

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...

I have waterfront property. What are my rights?

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

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....

Under common law, a waterfront property owner does own land that has legitimately accreted to the upland through gradual and imperceptible natural deposition. In BC, the land owner must engage the services of a BC land surveyor to create and deposit an updated survey plan in order to update the certificate of title to the upland property by including lawful accretion. This process requires the land surveyor to make an accretion application to the Surveyor General.