FAQs

How can I find the Parcel Identifier (PID) for a property?

You can search for a PID using ParcelMap BC, the LTSA's online map of active...

Why are local governments exempt from fees for land title register searches conducted for taxation and assessment purposes?

Section 381 of the Land Title Act establishes an exemption from payment of the statutory fees incurred by taxing authorities for searches...

What is the purpose of the Authorized Subscriber Register (ASR)?

The purpose of the Authorized Subscriber Register (ASR) is to provide certain organizations that issue and submit land title documents over the...

One of the registered owners of a land title has died. How can their name be removed from the title?

Transferring title such as after the death of a spouse or owner on title requires the expertise of a legal professional. See...

What does it mean to have title to land in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, ownership of land is referred to as title to land (land title) and is documented by registration through the LTSA. Once...

Property owners in BC will begin to receive 2020 property assessment notices in early January 2020. These notices are prepared by BC Assessment, a provincial Crown corporation that classifies and values all real property in British Columbia.

Throughout December 2019, BC Assessment will distribute an additional notification letter to property owners whose assessments are changing significantly more than the average change. Visit the BC Assessment website to preview 2020 assessments and learn more about the assessment process.

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is responsible for administering the land title and survey systems of BC. We deliver secure land titles through timely, efficient registration of land title interests and survey records. Your title is a source of some of the information shown on your property assessment notice.

Contact BC Assessment if:

  • You did not receive an assessment notice. The 2020 property assessment notices are prepared using information current as of November 30, 2019. If your property transaction occurred after this date, the information may not have been included in the assessment roll used to generate the notices.
  • You need to discuss your assessment with a representative.
  • You received a notification letter advising your assessment is changing significantly more than the average change, and you wish to request an independent review of your assessment.

If your address information needs to be updated, you must notify both organizations:

The LTSA also handles any name changes required to the assessment notice. Complete Form 17 - Change Name and submit it to a land title office in person or by mail.

The general public should contact a lawyer or notary to conduct filings, such as removing the name of a deceased person from title. Alternately, change the ownership by transmitting the deceased person’s interest off title. Follow the directions here to choose to either Transmit Interest to a Personal Representative or Transmit Interest to Surviving Joint Tenant. Complete the required forms and submit the forms by mail.

Customers can sign up for a myLTSA Explorer account to conduct searches for titles, documents, or plans, or use the services of a Registry Agent to obtain copies of documents. See Hire a Professional to Assist You for contact details.

The LTSA does not provide legal advice and cannot assist customers with completing application forms for land title registration or conduct title searches over the telephone.