February 23, 2009


(Original letter modified October 2015 to refer to current LTSA Fee Listing)

TO ALL BRITISH COLUMBIA LAND SURVEYORS

Re: Mineral Title Surveys; Introduction of New Service and Associated Fees; and Reduction of Examination Fees for Plans Submitted Pursuant to the Mineral Tenure Act

As a result of Bill 12, 2007 section 42 of the Mineral Tenure Act was amended such that the Chief Gold Commissioner determines if and when a survey is required of a mineral title to allow the mineral title to be taken to lease. Further, the Chief Gold Commissioner can order that only portions of the boundaries of a mineral title need be surveyed (see also Circular Letter No. 435 dated April 23, 2007). However, it is also quite possible that the owner of a mineral title may request survey work be conducted.

As such, it is possible that complete surveys of entire mineral titles may be undertaken, it is possible that surveys of portions of mineral title boundaries may be performed and it is possible that surveys can be performed both before and after a mineral title is taken to lease.

Only surveys undertaken as a requirement of the Chief Gold Commissioner for taking a mineral title to lease will be prepared pursuant to the Mineral Tenure Act.

Surveys conducted after a mineral lease has been issued or conducted at any time at the request of an owner of the mineral title will be filed in the Crown Land Registry pursuant to section 7 of the Land Act.

It is noted that all survey plans prepared in regard to mineral titles must be electronic plans.

Surveyor General examination fees for survey plans to be filed in the Crown Land Registry pursuant to section 7 of the Land Act have been established as shown in the table below.

Mineral Title Survey Plan confirmation (non-statutory):

Review and examination by the Surveyor General of a plan resulting from a full or partial survey of a mineral title if the plan is prepared:

  1. Other than pursuant to a requirement under the Mineral Tenure Act; and
  2. For purposes of filing it in the Crown Land Registry.

Note: The number of cells or claims involved in a plan resulting from a partial survey is the number of cells or claims touched by monuments in that plan.

Effective February 13, 2009

  • 1 to 10 cells or claims inclusive - $500.00

  • 11 to 20 cells or claims inclusive - $1,100.00

  • 21 to 30 cells or claims inclusive - $2,200.00

  • 31 or more cells or claims inclusive - $3,300.00

    SEE LTSA FEE LISTING FOR CURRENT FEES

Surveyor General examination fees for survey plans prepared pursuant to the Mineral Tenure Act have been rationalized and are as shown in the table below.

Mineral Tenure Act Plan confirmation (statutory):

The fee set under section 64(3)(c ) of the Mineral Tenure Act for survey plan approvals by Surveyor General under sections 42, 44 and 53 of Mineral Tenure Act (in respect of plans resulting from full or partial surveys).

Note: The number of cells or claims involved in a plan resulting from a partial survey is the number of cells or claims touched by monuments in that plan. [See Section 13.1 of LTSA Bylaws: Table 3]

Effective February 13, 2009

  • 1 to 10 cells or claims inclusive - $500.00

  • 11 to 20 cells or claims inclusive - $1,100.00

  • 21 to 30 cells or claims inclusive - $2,200.00

  • 31 or more cells or claims inclusive - $3,300.00

    SEE LTSA FEE LISTING FOR CURRENT FEES

It is also possible that the Chief Gold Commissioner or an owner of a mineral title may require a survey plan of a mineral title based only on existing records (no actual field work is conducted), or of features internal to the mineral title boundaries. In these cases the Surveyor General examination fee will be $324.00 per plan as shown in the table below.

Mineral Title Infrastructure Survey Plan

Review and examination by the Surveyor General of a plan resulting from a survey of infrastructure works associated with a mineral title if the plan is prepared for purposes of filing it in the Crown land registry.

Effective February 13, 2009

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by Mike Thomson

Mike Thomson, BCLS
Surveyor General of British Columbia