File Claim of Builders Lien
The instructions below are a guide to register a claim of builder's lien. A downloadable package including instructions, forms, and a checklist is available.
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File Claim of Builders Lien Guide
Do not use correction fluid (wite-out) on your application. This will result in your application being returned to you. If an error is made, cross-out the text and write the correction above or complete a new form.
About Claim of Builders Lien
A lien is an interest in land claimed to secure the payment of a debt or the performance of some other obligation. A common type is a claim of builders lien which may be filed for payment of debt related to labour or materials. Once a claim of builders lien is filed, it remains on title for one year. Lien claimants can pursue legal action if payment or settlement is not forthcoming.
To see if your title has a lien on it, you may order a copy of the title from LTSA or consult the Personal Property Registry.
If legal proceedings are not taken within one year, the claim of builders lien can be cancelled and removed from title by submitting a Form 17. The nature of interest on Form 17 must say ‘Claim of Builders Lien by Effluxion of Time’ and include the registration number of the charge to be removed.
In cases where payment is received or a settlement reached, a claim of builders lien is cancelled by completing a Form C under the Land Title Act.
Legal advice is recommended when dealing with any type of lien on title. If you have questions about who can file a claim of builders lien, please consult the Builders Lien Act for more information.
To file a claim of builders lien, you need to submit a Form 5 and General Filing Letter. Please include the nine-digit parcel identifier number (PID) and legal description of the land.
Please consult the guide below for all of the details. If you need help or wish to file online, please hire a professional.
The instructions below are a guide to filing claim of builder’s lien. A downloadable package including instructions, forms, and a checklist is available:
Steps to register a Claim of Builders Lien
- Please type or print clearly in dark ink on all forms.
- You can find the legal description and parcel identifier on the title and on your property tax assessment notice for the land.
- Complete Form 5 and General Filing Letter.
- Include the nine-digit Parcel Identifier Number (PID) and legal description of the land.
- Ensure each item on the Form 5 and General Filing Letter is complete.
- If you require confirmation of registration, please complete the Request for State of Title Certificate.
- There is no registration fee.
- If you have requested a State of Title Certificate, pay $15.26 for each title
Fees: To cover LTSA application registration fees, please make cheque or money order payable to “LTSA of BC”. If, on your completed Property Transfer Tax Return form it is indicated that taxes are owed with your submission, please make out a separate cheque for those taxes, payable to “Minister of Finance”. Please note that some submissions are tax exempt, resulting in nothing owed to the Minister of Finance. LTSA registration fees are still applicable.
For mailed applications, payment by cheque or money order to the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia is accepted. Please remit in Canadian funds. If you are submitting a copy of the application to be returned to you, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
If you are attending a front counter appointment, you may also make your payment via credit card or debit card on the day of your appointment.