How do I know which land title district my property is in?

View a map of the Land Title Districts in BC for more information.

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...

What is a Parcel Identifier (PID)?

A Parcel Identifier or PID is a nine-digit number that uniquely identifies a parcel in the land title register of in BC. The Registrar of Land...

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...

What is an example of a legal description of a parcel of land?

There have been at least nine different survey systems utilized in BC and each describes land in a slightly different manner or format.


Service Notice: Restricted Access to Land Title Offices

In order to protect the health and well-being of our employees and customers, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is restricting access in all Land Title Offices to only its employees, direct access pass holders and Registry Agents until further notice.

Land Title Office front counters are closed; all other office operations continue as usual. Access the COVID-19 practice materials and resources here and follow our Twitter account for updates.

The LTSA cannot process requests for records by telephone or email or complete mail-in requests for land title records on microfilm or in paper. The LTSA also cannot answer questions about the information contained on a record or conduct research on your behalf.

Hire a professional to assist with those services.

To order a document or plan, you will need the identifying number for that record.

A document refers to any of the land title forms or supporting material which are submitted as part of an application to register an interest in land within BC. Examples of documents include: title transfers, mortgages, easements, etc.

A plan is a graphical representation of a survey conducted by a BC land surveyor which shows the spatial extent, area, corner monuments and generally the geographic location of a specific area of land.

Before You Order

You can typically find the document or plan number listed on title or State of Title Certificate. For a plan number, it may be a part of the parcel’s legal description. In the below example, the plan number is 12345:

  • Lot 1, District Lot 555, New Westminster District, Plan 12345

It is recommended that you contact the LTSA Customer Service Centre before mailing in a document or plan request to determine if the record can be requested by mail. The LTSA Customer Service Centre can advise how the record can be requested and the fees required.

Requests for older records that are stored on microfilm and in paper cannot be ordered via mail. Those records must be fulfilled by a registry agent. You may also make the request in person to the land title office serving the land title district in which the property is located. Extra fees will be incurred for the record to be located and scanned by LTSA employees.

For document and plan requests, possible fees payable are Manual Location & Retrieval, Electronic Images, Printing and Mailing fees. The printing fee for document and plan copies varies depending on the record’s length.

Ways to Order Documents and Plans

Register for a myLTSA Explorer Account for Plan Requests

myLTSA Explorer is a single-user account that is ideal for customers who wish to order a limited number of land title records each year.

myLTSA Explorer allows you to:

  • Request plans, documents, registered titles and State of Title Certificates
  • Search by:
    • Parcel Identifier (PID) or title number
    • Document and plan number
    • ParcelMap BC Search
  • Pay by credit card

To complete the online registration form, you will need to enter your contact information including an email address. Once the login process has been completed, you will immediately be able to request plan images, documents, titles and State of Title Certificates. Learn more about myLTSA Explorer or register online.

Hire a Professional to Assist

Registry agents and other professionals can electronically request documents or plans, retrieve records on microfilm and in paper, or conduct historical research on your behalf. They can also assist with interpreting the record. When you hire a professional, they will provide you with an estimate of fees owing and can often deliver the record to you electronically.

Requests for older records on microfilm and in paper that are not yet imaged must be fulfilled by a registry agent.

Request by Mail

Only documents and plans available in an electronic format can be requested by mail. Any mail-in requests with the incorrect fees owing or for documents and plans available only on microfilm or in paper will be returned to the requestor.

To request:

  1. Know the identifying number for the document or plan
  2. Contact the LTSA Customer Service Centre at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872) to confirm the record has been imaged and the fees to be paid. The printing fee will vary depending on the length of the record.
  3. After you are informed of the fees owing, you may proceed with your mail-in request

Additional Information

At a Land Title Office Counter

  • Land title office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for plan and document copies
  • Payment by debit, Visa, MasterCard, cheque or money order is available
  • Cash is not accepted

By Mail

  • Fees are payable in Canadian funds by cheque or money order payable to: Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia
  • Do not mail cash