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  • 75 (1) For the purposes of this Act and the following enactments, the association may make rules for surveys and plans, including plans in electronic format:
  • (a) section 28 of the Coal Act;
  • (b) section 73 of the Land Act;
  • (c) sections 12(2) and 14(1) of the Land Survey Act;
  • (d) section 385(5) of the Land Title Act;
  • (e) section 64 of the Mineral Tenure Act;
  • (f) section 121(3) of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act;
  • (g) section 112(1)(g) of the Energy Resource Activities Act;
  • (h) sections 68(4) and 244(1)(e) of the Strata Property Act.
  • (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the association may do one or more of the following:
  • (a) make rules for the design and specifications for permanent survey monuments or reference posts;
  • (b) for the purposes of a rule made under subsection (1), provide for the exemption of a particular survey from the application of rules made under subsection (1);
  • (c) make rules requiring a land surveyor to report damage to or destruction of a control monument to the Surveyor General;
  • (d) for surveys under the Land Act, make rules allowing new posts to be set on existing lines without retracement in appropriate circumstances if certain conditions are met;
  • (e) make rules allowing modified posting of bare land strata lots for the purposes of the Strata Property Act.
  • (3) Rules made under subsections (1) and (2) do not have effect until approved by order of the Surveyor General.
  • (4) The Surveyor General may recommend to the association that the association make a rule or amend a rule made under this section and, if the association fails to act on the recommendation within the time specified by the Surveyor General, the Surveyor General, by order, may amend the rules made by the association.

2004-21-55; 2004-15-31, effective June 11, 2004 (B.C. Reg. 251/2004); 2004-21-17, effective January 21, 2005; 2006-24-22, effective July 21, 2006 (B.C. Reg. 229/2006); 2008-36-144, effective October 4, 2010 (B.C. Reg. 274/2010); 2017-10-26; 2022-42-60, effective September 1, 2023 (B.C. Reg. 187/2023).


Survey and Plan Rules

The Survey and Plan Rules apply with respect to surveys and plans. The rules are made by the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors and approved and ordered by the Surveyor General. The rules are available at

The Director of Land Titles has adopted additional rules where there are no existing survey rules for electronic plans. The director’s directions are set out in the Electronic Land Title Plan and Plan Application Requirements, v. 2.6, available at