FAQs

How long do I need to retain documents submitted electronically to the land title office?

Under the Land Title Act, the electronic version of a document submitted through EFS is deemed to be the original document for all...

When does the subscriber have to deliver the true copy or copy of the true copy of the original electronic instrument to the Registrar?

The subscriber must be in position to deliver the true copy or copy of the true copy of the original electronic instrument if requested by the...

My local government office has a non-fee paying account for searching LTSA records. Can I use this account to submit EFS documents?

No. The local government must use a fee paying account for electronic filing. The non-fee paying account may only be used for searching LTSA...

Who qualifies as a subscriber approved by the Director of Land Titles to acquire a digital certificate?

Currently, a subscriber may be a BC lawyer in good standing with the Law Society, a BC notary public in good standing with the Society of Notaries...

Which subscribers can electronically sign land title forms?

For land title forms Form A, Form B, Form C - Charge and Form C - Release, a subscriber may be either a BC lawyer, notary public or member of the...

 Note: This Direction has been Retired

Purpose of this communication

The purpose of this communication is to ensure all land surveyors are aware of the three documents that provide guidance for the preparation of electronic plans.

  1. The General Survey Instruction Rules: The General Survey Instruction Rules ("Survey Rules") maintained by our Association contain many of the rules for the preparation of electronic plans. As the Survey Rules are updated from time to time, it is suggested that land surveyors refer to the current version of the Survey Rules published on the Association website.
  2. Requirements for Electronic Land Title Plans: Just prior to opening electronic survey plan functionality to all land surveyors last year it was discovered that the Survey Rules did not provide complete guidance for the preparation of plans pursuant to the Land Title Act and Strata Property Act. To bridge this gap the Table of Concordance was created. Now that the land surveying community has had sufficient experience preparing electronic survey plans, we are commencing the process with the Association's Survey Rules Committee to migrate the contents of the Table of Concordance into the Survey Rules. For now, land surveyors must continue to refer to both documents for guidance in the preparation of plans pursuant to the Land Title Act and the Strata Property Act. See: Requirements to File Electronic Land Title Plans (formerly the Table of Concordance).
  3. The Signatures and Approvals Template: The Signatures and Approvals Template was created to provide a template for all the possible signature blocks that might be required on Land Title Act and Strata Property Act plans. All the signature blocks required for a particular plan should be pasted onto copies of the final page contained in this document and affixed as the final page or pages of the Application Form. See: Signatures and Approvals Template. (updated February 2016)

Jeff Beddoes, BCLS
Senior Deputy Surveyor General