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Direction to Land Surveyors No. 17 (January 26, 2022)

The Surveyor General, in cooperation with the Province of BC, has completed a review of a number of large District Lots across British Columbia, in support of its role to maintain and enhance the province’s survey structure. The purpose of this Direction is to provide clarity to land surveyors on how to label these District Lots on survey posts and plans. In addition, it provides insight into how the Surveyor General will issue parcel designations for Land Act surveys within these District Lots.

Many of these parcels were originally surveyed for railway companies, for the purposes of defining areas within which the company could harvest timber for the construction of railway ties. They have varying histories; some were never granted, whereas others were granted in their entirety, and then the railway companies sold off portions and eventually returned the remainders to the province. Most were specifically referenced in the 1920 “Railway Subsidy Lands Repurchase Titles Act”, indicating that all the unalienated portions of these large District Lots are Crown owned and are to be administered under the Land Act going forward.

The usual practice ever since, although it was not always consistently applied, was for the Surveyor General to “ignore” the original District Lot when issuing a new Land Act parcel designation within it, and instead issue a new District Lot designation as though the lands were Unsurveyed Crown Land (UCL).

After completing a review of these large parcels, the conclusion is that we will continue to treat the unalienated portions of most of the large District Lots as UCL.

The table below breaks down how future surveys within the various district lots identified will be designated.

  • For those that give direction to “Treat as UCL”:
    • District Lot numbers will be assigned by the Surveyor General for new parcel designations;
    • SRW plans passing through the lands are to treat the underlying lands as UCL (but with labels in the scenery noting the existence of the large DL);
    • The large DL should not be noted on survey monuments or ancillary evidence.
  • For those that give direction to “Issue Block”:
    • Block designations will be assigned by the Surveyor General for new parcel designations within the DL;
    • SRW plans passing through the lands are to treat the underlying lands as part of the DL;

The large DL should be noted on survey monuments and ancillary evidence.

Table 1.

District Lot PIN Land District Designation
1240 8462370 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
1242 8665150 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4588 8482400 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4589 8871580 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4590 8479720 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4591 8490180 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4592 8872070 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4595 8936830 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4596 8492030 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4597 8648200 Kootenay Issue Block within the DL.
4598 8647420 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
4599 8492870 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
5816 8864680 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
5817 8871450 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
7159 8937450 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
7160 8941750 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
7161 8951090 Kootenay Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
1355 3887650 ODYD Issue Block within the DL.
1535 7919330 Peace River Issue Block within the DL.
2450s 4795470 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2698 4792740 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2699 4792870 SDYD Issue Block within the DL.
2700 4792900 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2701 4793070 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2702 4793100 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2703 4793230 SDYD Issue Block within the DL.
2704 4793360 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2705 4793490 SDYD DL Cancelled, now UCL
2706 4793520 SDYD DL Cancelled, now UCL
2707 4261040 SDYD Issue Block within the DL.
2708 4793650 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2709 4793780 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2710 4793810 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2711 4793940 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2712 3708760 SDYD DL Cancelled, now UCL
2713 3709250 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
2714 3709540 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
3634 11873680 SDYD DL Cancelled, now UCL
3635 4586440 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
3636 4794270 SDYD DL Cancelled, now UCL
3637 4794300 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
3638 4794430 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.
3639 4794560 SDYD Treat as UCL – New designations issued as District Lot.

In addition to the work completed with the Province to determine the appropriate treatment of these large parcels for new surveys, the representation in ParcelMap BC of these large parcels has been re-evaluated. Those District Lots that are to be treated as UCL will no longer be part of the “Active Fabric” within PMBC.  They will, however, continue to be visible and searchable through the ParcelMap BC Search Service on the “Crown Features” layer.

Please remember that prior to undertaking any survey of Crown land pursuant to the Land Title Act or the Land Act, other than a statutory right of way, an application must be made to the Surveyor General for survey instructions and, in the case of surveys under the Land Act, for a unique parcel designation.

Dave Swaile, BCLS, CLS

Senior Deputy Surveyor General