FAQs

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...

Why can't the land title office give me legal advice?

Land title staff are unable to advise on legal rights or actions associated with land titles and charges. The Registrar of Land Titles and staff...

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 address for the land title office?

The LTSA has land title offices in Kamloops, New Westminster and Victoria. For hours and address information, visit...

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...

The Ministry of Finance has announced starting September 17, 2018, a new Property Transfer Tax return will be in effect to allow government to ensure the correct amount of tax is paid on property purchases made through a corporation or trust.

The new reporting requirements will apply to all property types, including residential and commercial. There will be exemptions for certain trusts (such as charitable trusts) and certain corporations, such as hospitals, schools and libraries. The updated return will require the following additional information about individuals with a significant interest in the corporation or trust:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Contact Details
  • Tax Identification Numbers (ie Social Insurance Number)

This change complements other actions outlined in the Province's 30-point plan for housing affordability.

Contact the Ministry of Finance Property Transfer Tax Helpline at 1-888-355-2700 (toll free within Canada), or visit the Province's Property Transfer Tax website for more information.