COVID-19 Notice

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. Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Filing to the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR)

Land title applications that are mailed in and then processed by LTSA on or after November 30th may require a LOTR transparency declaration, and also a transparency report where relevant. This includes land title applications mailed but not processed by LTSA until November 30, 2020. Applications requiring and missing an accompanying LOTR form will be returned without processing. All applications submitted by mail should be sent to the New Westminster Land Title office to avoid processing delays. For more information about LOTR visit landtransparency.ca

The general instructions on this website do not guarantee registration

All land title applications undergo a complete examination after they are received. The LTSA recommends you consult with a legal professional who can provide advice on compliance with these statutory forms and related matters.

LTSA employees are not permitted to provide legal advice or assist in completing forms. If you choose to submit an application yourself, the land title office registration process for applications received by mail or in person is described below.

Important Legal Considerations

Transferring title, such as after the purchase of a new home or death of a spouse, often requires the expertise of a legal professional.

A legal professional can investigate the current status of the title in the land title register to determine the required land title documentation. Other considerations include:

  • Transmission of property requires specific documents that may be issued by various governments throughout the world. There are other legal aspects to consider such as estate planning, future title ownership needs or land tax deferment possibilities.
  • There may be court documents or certificates required that your lawyer may identify and apply for on your behalf which allows the registration of a change in title to proceed with fewer time delays.
  • After filing the necessary documentation with the LTSA, the legal professional will be responsible for any potential deficiencies in the documents and will be required to remedy them, at their cost.

Legal Professionals Protect Your Interests

A legal professional becomes your representative in these matters and acts on your behalf. They can advise you on appropriately recording your title ownership and answer property tax questions.

Legal professionals electronically file land title documentation offering enhanced fraud protection through the electronic digital signature process.

Please hire a legal professional who can give you advice on compliance with these statutory forms and related matters. Your legal professional can also provide you with a current State of Title Certificate which is a certified true copy of the new title record.

Should you wish to progress without engaging a legal professional, the following Courtesy Guides set-out the requirements to lodge an application with the LTSA: