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.

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.

The LTSA updates the land title register each time a change is made to the registered title.

Changes are made to title when a property is bought or sold, a mortgage is paid off, or a registrable interest, such as a mortgage, is created or modified. Changes may also occur following the death of a spouse, divorce or marriage.

Identification of Documents

When receiving applications by mail or in person, the cashier will stamp your document with the date, time and a pending application number to identify them.

Successful Registration

An Examiner of Title will review your application to ensure compliance with legal requirements. If legal requirements are met, it will be registered and recorded with the application number effective on the date and time originally stamped on your document.
If you would like confirmation of registration, you may order a State of Title Certificate for a fee.

Unsuccessful Registration

If your application does not meet basic Land Title Act requirements, a Notice Declining to Register (Defect Notice) will be mailed to the address listed in Item 1 of your application.

This notice will describe the reason for the defect and may suggest what is needed to meet the requirements of the appropriate Land Title Act or related statutes. An additional fee may be required when you return your documents to the land title office.

Recourse for Applicants

If you receive a Notice Declining to Register (Defect Notice), please be aware of the stated time limits for resubmission. If the requirements are not met within the time indicated, your application may be cancelled.