FAQs

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

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...

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

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

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

From time to time, the Surveyor General Division reviews all Directions to Land Surveyors for usability and relevance.

A summary of all changes as at August 16, 2018 is provided below: 

DIRECTION NUMBERDIRECTION TITLEPUBLISH DATESTATUSEXPLANATORY NOTES
Direction No. 16Surveys of Crown Land Pursuant to the Land Title Act and Land Act and Submission of Resultant Plans to the Surveyor GeneralMay 2018ActiveNone
Direction No. 15Establishment of Highway over Untitled Crown LandApril 2018ActiveNone
Direction No. 14Accretion and Natural Boundary Adjustment Applications within the Regional District of Central KootenayFebruary 2017ActiveNone
Direction No. 13Plan Requirements for Additions to Well Site AreasOctober 2013ActiveNone
Direction No. 12Electronic Submission of Statutory Applications to the Surveyor GeneralUpdated July 2018ActiveUpdated to reflect current practice.
Direction No. 11Submission of Electronic Land Title Act Survey Plans to the Surveyor GeneralAugust 2012DeletedPertinent information is retained in Direction No. 16
Direction No. 10Surveys of Titled Crown Land: Obtaining Consent of the Crown as Owner and Obtaining the Signature of the Surveyor GeneralAugust 2012DeletedPertinent information is retained in Direction No. 16
Direction No. 9Information on the Body of a Plan which will be Deposited into a Land Title OfficeUpdated December 2010ActiveThis Direction specifically addresses how to show unregistered plans on plan images.
Direction No. 8Electronic Filing System - New FormsApril 2010DeletedForm updates now available through LTSA announcements.
Direction No. 7Documents to Guide Preparation of Electronic PlansUpdated March 2013DeletedPlan specifications now contained in Survey Rules and Directors Requirements.
Direction No. 6New Electronic Forms Available and Guidance on Plan OrientationApril 2009DeletedForm updates now available through LTSA announcements.
Direction No. 5Plan Image Version ControlApril 2009ActiveNone
Direction No. 4Posting Plans: Completion of Application to Deposit Plan at Land Title Office FormJuly 2008ActiveNone
Direction No. 3Surveyor General Division Fees When Survey Performed at the Direction of GovernmentUpdated June 2018ActiveUpdated to include link to LTSA Fee Schedule.
Direction No. 2Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Electronic Survey Plan Process: Process for Obtaining Approval of Electronic PlansAugust 2008This Direction has been re-written and is before the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for review (as at August 16, 2018).Once this Direction is finalized and published to the LTSA website, ABCLS members will be notified through the News from the ABCLS.
Direction No. 1Technical Specifications: Plan Size and Orientation, Font TypeSeptember 2008DeletedPlan specifications now contained in Survey Rules and Directors Requirements.