Front Counters Open By Appointment Only Alert Level: LOW

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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The LTSA cannot process title searches by telephone or email, answer questions about the information contained on a title or conduct research on your behalf.

How to Search Title

A title search is a record issued by the land title office setting out the particulars of a title to land, generated from information contained in the land title register at a specific point in time. If you want to know the current registered owners of a property, order a copy of the title.

A title to land lists the registered fee simple holder(s) (the owners), legal description of the parcel, parcel identifier (PID), and the charges, liens and interests registered against the title. A title will not include a phone number or show chain of ownership (past owners).

To view the contents of a title, you must order a copy of it for a fee. A current title can be obtained in three ways:

  1. Register for a myLTSA Explorer Account
    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. Register to use myLTSA
  2. Request by Mail
    To request a title search by mail, please order a State of Title Certificate.
  3. Hire a Professional to Assist You
    Registry agents and other professionals can electronically request a copy of a title on your behalf. They can also assist with interpreting the title. Learn how to hire a professional.

 

What Do I Need for a Title Search?

The best way to search for a title is with a nine-digit Parcel Identifier (PID) number. A civic or street address cannot be used to search for a title.

If you don’t know a property’s PID or legal description, you can find it through:

  1. ParcelMap BC using geographic location, PID, civic (street) address or other identifier.
  2. BC Assessment’s Assessment Search (civic address required)
  3. A tax assessment notice from BC Assessment or a municipal tax notice

If you have searched by PID and there are no results, it could be an incorrect PID or the PID could have been superseded by a new one. Use BC Assessment’s free search to verify the PID or speak with a legal professional.

 

How Do I Order a Cancelled or Historic Title?

Cancelled titles or historical titles are not available to search in myLTSA Explorer. Understanding the chain of ownership for a property requires research and access to records that may not be available to the public.

Direct access to original hard copy land title and survey records is limited to LTSA employees and those with direct access privileges including land surveyors, historical researchers and registry agents.

Please hire a registry agent or other legal professional to help if you wish to conduct historical research or understand the chain of ownership.

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