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Please be aware that LTSA’s Land Title Office front counters are open by appointment only. Many common transactions are now available online. To book an in-person visit, contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872) .

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Claim of Builders Lien Online Application Now Available

File a Claim of Builders Lien application online at ltsa.ca/FileCBL. The new online application includes the option to easily prepopulate key information. LTSA encourages customers to use the online form to submit an application online, by mail or in person.

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A Claim of Builders Lien is an interest registered on a title to secure payment for labour or materials. Filing a Claim of Builders Lien does not guarantee payment. Once filed, it is the lien claimant’s responsibility to inform the property owner and to enforce the lien if payment or settlement is not forthcoming.

For more information including the deadline to file a Claim of Builders Lien, consult the Builders Lien Act

File an Application

Once filled out, you can submit the application online, or download and submit by mail or in person by appointment.

Before you begin

Make sure you have the following before you begin the online application:

  • Parcel identifier (PID) for the property that you are filing a lien on: You can find the property’s PID by searching by address or plan number on BC Assessment.
  • Claim and claimant details: The person or corporation to whom money is owed (the claimant) must provide their name and address, details of the claim including a brief description of the work, who is delinquent in paying, the amount owing and when the money was or will be due. The claimant must also provide their ‘address for service’ which is where legal documents will be mailed if there is legal action to enforce the lien.
  • BC Services Card app for online submission: LTSA uses the BC Services card to verify the identity of the Applicant and for signing the online application. If you don’t have the BC Services Card app on your mobile device, you need to set it up first.
  • Permission if acting on behalf of someone: If you are applying on behalf of another person, business or corporation, you are acting as an ‘agent’ and must have their permission.

Fees

It is free to file a Claim of Builders Lien application. There is no registration fee, and the service fee for online submission has been waived.

After you submit

An application will be assigned a date, time and a pending application number when it is ready to be reviewed for legal requirements. Claim of Builders Lien applications are processed during land title office front counter hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).

Applications submitted online prior to 3 pm will receive a pending application number and the applicant will be sent it by email on the same day. Applications submitted online at or after 3 pm will be processed the next business day.

If you apply in person by appointment at a land title office, you will receive a copy of your application with the pending application number when the application is dropped off. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your mailed application to receive a copy of the application with the pending application number.

It is important to be aware that legislation defines the LTSA’s role and limits how we can answer your questions. For example, our staff is not allowed to provide legal advice or help fill out forms.

Only after you submit your application to the LTSA, can we advise on the correctness and accuracy of your application’s information.

If you need more help than we can provide, please contact a legal professional.

Ways to Submit

Online


  • 1) Login with the BC Services Card app

    If you don’t have the BC Services Card app on your mobile device, you need to set it up first.


  • 2) Fill out the application online


  • 3) Submit online

    Your tracking number and copy of your completed application will be sent to you by email when you submit. Once assigned, the pending application number will also be sent to you by email.

By mail


  • 1) Fill out the application online


  • 2) Download and print the application

    If you do not have access to a printer, contact LTSA Customer Support at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872), press 1, for assistance.


  • 3) Sign and date item 4 of the application with a pen

    Applications must be signed with blue or black ink. The use of a digital signature or correction fluid (wite-out) will result in your application being returned to you.


  • 4) Request a State of Title Certificate (optional)

    If you’d like proof of the change once registered, request a State of Title Certificate by filling out this form. Include a cheque in Canadian funds for $15.26 payable for each parcel (PID) to: Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia.


  • 5) Mail

    Mail the signed and dated application to:
    Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia
    Suite 500 – 11 Eighth Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3N7

In person


  • 1) Fill out the application online


  • 2) Download and print the application

    If you do not have access to a printer, contact LTSA Customer Support at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872), press 1, for assistance.


  • 3) Sign and date item 4 of the application with a pen

    Applications must be signed with blue or black ink. The use of a digital signature or correction fluid (wite-out) will result in your application being returned to you.


  • 4) Request a State of Title Certificate (optional)

    If you’d like proof of the change once registered, request a State of Title Certificate by filling out this form. Include a cheque in Canadian funds for $15.26 payable for each parcel (PID) to: Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia.


  • 5) Deliver in person

    LTSA’s Land Title Office front counters are open by appointment only. Contact the Customer Service Centre 1-877-577-LTSA (5872), press 1, to book an in-person visit.

Registration Process

  1. LTSA will review your application to determine if it is complete and meets legal requirements.
  2. If you submitted online, your pending application number will be emailed to you.
  3. If your application does not meet requirements, you will be mailed a notice explaining the problem. Even for applications submitted online, LTSA is required by legislation to mail notices by Canada Post. 
    1. Mail back your corrected application promptly. Your application may be cancelled if there is too long a delay.
    2. Do not use correction fluid (wite-out) on your application. This will result in your application being returned to you.
  4. Once your application is registered, the Claim of Builders Lien will be added on the titles in your application. Turnaround times vary, but typically, within 10-15 business days, most applications are registered.

Learn more about the registration process

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