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July 2008

Summary

All plans over Crown land are subject to Surveyor General Division Parcel Designation and Plan Examination Fees (fees) as outlined in Circular Letter No. 436.

Although in most situations the land surveyor is responsible for paying fees, there are occasions when the land surveyor is not responsible for these fees.

When the land surveyor is not responsible for fees it is important how the Submission to Surveyor General form is completed when the plan is electronically submitted to the Surveyor General through the Electronic Filing System (EFS).

Details

This notice pertains to the submission of electronic plans prepared pursuant to the Land Act.

Most plans over Crown land are prepared to facilitate the disposition of Crown land documented through an Offer made by the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Where a survey is driven by an Offer made by ILMB the land surveyor is responsible for the payment of fees.

However, if a survey plan is required directly by the Crown or by an agent working on behalf of a government ministry the fees may not be payable by the land surveyor.

If you are in doubt as to if fees are the responsibility of the land surveyor, please contact the Surveyor General Services division of the Land Title and Survey Authority at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872) or 604-660-0380.

Where fees are not the responsibility of the land surveyor the manner in which the Submission to Surveyor General form (the CLRS form) is completed prior to the submission of an electronic plan through EFS is very important, and is as outlined below:

  • Ensure that the "Deduct LTSA Fees?" box in section 1 of the CLRS form is not marked;
  • If known, select from the pull down or print the government ministry driving the survey in section 6, the Plan Data section of the CLRS form;
  • In section 7, the Explanatory Notes section on the form, indicate that this plan was prepared under contract, provide a contact name and indicate that the plan is not subject to fees; and
  • If the plan was prepared at the request of an agent working on behalf of a government ministry, print the Agent's name and contact information into section 7, the Explanatory Notes section of the CLRS form and indicate that the plan is not subject to fees.

You can view two examples of a Submission to Surveyor General form using the links below. The first example is appropriate where a government ministry has requested the survey and the second one is appropriate where an agent working on behalf of a government ministry has requested the survey.

 

Jeff Beddoes, BCLS
Senior Deputy Surveyor General