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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 determine the location of property boundaries and perform legal surveys of private and Crown lands within BC.

The Surveyor General Division of the LTSA is responsible for the quality of the land survey structure for the Province, and the LTSA is the official repository of survey plan and land title information.

Visit the Survey Plan Datasets page to view the Survey Plan Dataset specification and other resources.

All LTSA operations are funded from revenues earned from land title and survey services provided to customers. Service fee levels are established in compliance with requirements set out in the Operating Agreement with the Province.

The LTSA has a copy of most of the Crown land grant dispositions issued by the various Crown agencies, including the earliest Crown grants issued by the Hudson's Bay Company and the Colonial and Dominion governments.

Key pieces of information found in Crown grant documents include:

A property owner's legal title to land is legally protected in BC under the Land Title Act. The land title system in BC allows the selling and buying of land to occur with confidence and protects the system of real estate financing through the registration of mortgages.

Form 17 is a multi-use application. The completion requirements are dependent upon what additional documentation is to be attached to it.

Additional documentation includes:

In British Columbia, most land title and related lending transactions are conducted through professionals such as notaries and lawyers, who require proof of identity as part of their professional due diligence requirements.