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...

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...

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...

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 June 15, 2020 is provided below: 

DIRECTION NUMBER

DIRECTION TITLE

PUBLISH DATE

STATUS

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Direction No. 16

Surveys of Crown Land Pursuant to the Land Title Act and Land Act and Submission of Resultant Plans to the Surveyor General

Updated June 2020

Active

Updated to reflect changes to submissions due to Web Filing

Direction No. 16

Surveys of Crown Land Pursuant to the Land Title Act and Land Act and Submission of Resultant Plans to the Surveyor General

May 2018

Active

None

Direction No. 15

Establishment of Highway over Untitled Crown Land

April 2018

Active

None

Direction No. 14

Accretion and Natural Boundary Adjustment Applications within the Regional District of Central Kootenay

February 2017

Active

None

Direction No. 13

Plan Requirements for Additions to Well Site Areas

October 2013

Active

None

Direction No. 12

Electronic Submission of Statutory Applications to the Surveyor General

Updated June 2020

Active

Updated to reflect changes to submissions due to Web Filing

Direction No. 12

Electronic Submission of Statutory Applications to the Surveyor General

Updated July 2018

Active

Updated to reflect current practice.

Direction No. 11

Submission of Electronic Land Title Act Survey Plans to the Surveyor General

August 2012

Retired

Pertinent information is retained in Direction No. 16

Direction No. 10

Surveys of Titled Crown Land: Obtaining Consent of the Crown as Owner and Obtaining the Signature of the Surveyor General

August 2012

Retired

Pertinent information is retained in Direction No. 16

Direction No. 9

Information on the Body of a Plan which will be Deposited into a Land Title Office

Updated December 2010

Active

This Direction specifically addresses how to show unregistered plans on plan images.

Direction No. 8

Electronic Filing System - New Forms

April 2010

Retired

Form updates now available through LTSA announcements.

Direction No. 7

Documents to Guide Preparation of Electronic Plans

Updated March 2013

Retired

Plan specifications now contained in Survey Rules and Directors Requirements.

Direction No. 6

New Electronic Forms Available and Guidance on Plan Orientation

April 2009

Retired

Form updates now available through LTSA announcements.

Direction No. 5

Plan Image Version Control

April 2009

Active

None

Direction No. 4

Posting Plans: Completion of Application to Deposit Plan at Land Title Office Form

July 2008

Retired

None

Direction No. 3

Surveyor General Division Fees When Survey Performed at the Direction of Government

Updated June 2020

Active

Updated to reflect changes to submissions due to Web Filing

Direction No. 3

Surveyor General Division Fees When Survey Performed at the Direction of Government

Updated June 2018

Active

Updated to include link to LTSA Fee Schedule.

Direction No. 2

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Electronic Survey Plan Process: Process for Obtaining Approval of Electronic Plans

August 2008

This 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. 1

Technical Specifications: Plan Size and Orientation, Font Type

September 2008

Deleted

Plan specifications now contained in Survey Rules and Directors Requirements.