Surveyor General Resources
Survey and Plan Rules
Survey and Plan Rules are the detailed survey standards that land surveyors must follow when conducting land surveys and preparing legal survey plans.
The Survey and Plan Rules are maintained by the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors and may be found on their site.
History of Survey Systems
In the earlier years of BC’s development, various Crown land survey systems were used to define raw Crown land. View a 1975 paper on the History of Crown Land Survey Systems, prepared by W.A. Taylor, a former Surveyor General of BC.
History of E&N Land Grant, Railway Belt and Peace River Block
In BC’s history, there were several major grants of Crown land to railway companies to facilitate settlement. View an account of the History of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Crown Land Grant, Railway Belt and Peace River Block, prepared by W.A. Taylor, a former Surveyor General of BC.
Descriptions of Land
This publication provides guidelines for writing and interpretation of legal descriptions. View Crown land descriptions.
Land Districts of British Columbia
This publication outlines the land districts in the Province of British Columbia. View the land districts of British Columbia.
Canadian Generally Accepted Land Surveying Principles
Published by the Canadian Council on Geomatics, this document outlines the major principles that guide the land surveying practice in Canada:
- Principles to guide the development of land surveying governance models and legal boundary frameworks.
- Principles for providing Canadians access to qualified Land Surveying professionals.
- Principles that guide the role of a Land Surveyor in Canada.
Online Cadastre provides access to BC Crown land cadastral information and other geographic information.
Online Cadastre was the LTSA’s web mapping platform prior to the development and implementation of ParcelMap BC. As ParcelMap BC is now fully operational, Online Cadastre is no longer being maintained by the LTSA and the LTSA’s sustainment funding for it will expire in March 2020. Spatial information relevant to the LTSA is made available in ParcelMap BC, which can be accessed through the below link:
As of March 2020 the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is taking over ownership of Online Cadastre and any inquiries related to it should be directed to NRSApplications@gov.bc.ca.