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The third edition of the Manual has been updated to reflect the law and practice to August 1, 2023, except where otherwise expressly noted, with the assistance of the following sources:

  • Provincial statutes and regulations in the B.C. Regulations Bulletin No. 29 (August 15, 2022), up to and including B.C. Reg. 200/2023.
  • Federal statutes and regulations in Canada, Consolidated Acts, up to and including August 1, 2023.
  • Case law in the Supreme Court of Canada and British Columbia Superior Courts Judgments Databases, up to and including August 1, 2023.


The land title office is committed to providing current reference material for land title office staff and conveyancing practitioners. As an expression of this commitment, the land title office has authorized publication of the Land Title Practice Manual. The purposes of this material are to explain the practice that has been adopted by the Land Title Division; to illustrate, with examples, the documents and instruments acceptable to the registrar; and to provide summaries of the case law and cross references to other publications of general interest to both staff and practitioners.

Chapters 1 to 33 of the Manual contain the complete text of the Land Title Act, the Land Title Act Regulation, B.C. Reg. 334/79, the Land Title Act (Board of Directors) Regulation, B.C. Reg. 332/2010, and land title forms. The remaining chapters include a compendium of other statutes and regulations relevant to land title practice and supplementary material on selected topics, including additional directions, practice bulletins, and practice notes issued by the Director of Land Titles.

Where a section of an Act has been interpreted, the Manual includes a summary of the case law, practice notes issued by the Director of Land Titles, the text of circular letters issued by the Surveyor General, comments from the approving officer, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and other commentary from various public agencies whose policies and procedures affect land title practice.

The Manual is updated as required to reflect significant changes in legislation, case law, or practice. The Manual is available in print and online forms.

At the time of the 2023 Update to the Manual, the Land Title and Survey Authority had completed implementing its Web Filing initiative under Project ACE (Advanced Customer Enhancements). Web Filing is an update to the LTSA’s Electronic Filing System (EFS) that reflects the evolution of policy, technology, and LTSA customers’ business. The introduction of Web Filing forms is one of several steps towards streamlining land title submissions, increasing efficiency and accuracy, and maintaining a secure and reliable registry. Improvements to Web Filing are ongoing. For more information on Web Filing, see


The Torrens land title registration system provides a sure method for determining and assuring title to land. It was devised by Sir Robert Torrens and first introduced in 1858 in Australia. The system was modified and adopted in the colony of Vancouver Island in 1861 with the enactment of the Vancouver Island Land Registry Act. The system was extended to the combined colony of British Columbia by the Land Registry Ordinance of 1870.

Under a Torrens system, security of title is based on the principles of indefeasibility, registration, abolition of notice, and assurance.

A title that is indefeasible cannot be defeated, revoked, or made void. The person who has title has a right, good against the world, to the land. Under the British Columbia Torrens system, evidence of the right to land is constituted by a registered indefeasible title that includes the name of the owner and the names of any others who have interests in the property. Other interests include, for example, mortgages, agreements for sale, leases, easements, covenants, rights of way, and judgments.

There are a limited number of exceptions to the principle of indefeasibility. These are enumerated in s. 23 of the Land Title Act.

To establish an indefeasible title, the documents that transfer legal ownership or create an interest in land must be filed and registered in the land title office. Registration has the effect of passing the estate or interest in land. While registration is not mandatory in British Columbia, failure to register means that the estate or interest claimed by an owner cannot be enforced against a third party.

With the adoption of the Torrens system, the principle of notice has been abolished. It is not necessary, in British Columbia, to make an exhaustive inquiry into the validity of a title or an interest. Rather, a person who deals with land is entitled to rely on the register. A limited number of exceptions to this principle are set out in s. 29 of the Act.

The Land Title Act establishes assurance funds to compensate individuals who are deprived of title or an interest in land through the operation of the Torrens system. The circumstances under which an application for compensation can be made are set out in ss. 294.2 and 296 of the Act.


Documents submitted for registration to the land title office must include an accurate, legally acceptable description of the land. Over the years, a number of survey systems have evolved.

One of the earliest, the Dominion Township system, is based on the meridians of longitude numbered westward from the principal meridian near Winnipeg. The fifth meridian is just east of the southeastern corner of the province, the sixth is just east of Revelstoke, the seventh runs through Cultus Lake, and the coast meridian falls near the junction of the Fraser and Pitt Rivers.

The area between the meridians is divided into six-mile squares called townships, which are arranged in north/south rows called ranges. Ranges are numbered west from the meridians. Townships are numbered north from the border with the United States. Each township is divided into blocks of 36 one-square-mile sections. The sections are further subdivided into quarter sections and legal subdivisions.

The Provincial Township system is similar to the Dominion system except that it is not linked to the meridians of latitude. It adopts the terminology of the Dominion system but was used to survey only specific areas where settlement was anticipated.

The District Lot system has also been used in many areas of the province. In contrast to the lengthy legal descriptions of parcels of land under the Dominion and Provincial systems, the legal description of an original parcel under the District Lot system contains only the lot number and the district name.

The further division of original lots is accomplished through subdivision plans, strata plans, and air space plans, each of which must be prepared by a British Columbia land surveyor. The plans are deposited in the land title office and assigned lot and plan numbers.

The British Columbia Torrens system does not guarantee the accuracy of property boundaries. However, the Land Title Act provides for the deposit of a reference plan where boundaries are re-surveyed (s. 100) and gives the minister authority to order a special survey (Part 23). Section 36 of the Property Law Act provides for boundary adjustments and compensation where a building encroaches on an adjoining lot.


The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (the “authority”) is established as a corporation under the Land Title and Survey Authority Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 66. The purposes of the authority are to manage the land title and survey systems in British Columbia, to facilitate the execution of Crown grants, and to carry out other necessary or advisable activities. A copy of the Act is included in chapter 47 (Land Title and Survey Authority Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 66).

The land title division is part of the authority. The Director of Land Titles is responsible for the overall operation of the land title division. The director approves policy, issues practice directives to land title offices, and provides advice on matters affecting the land title system. In addition, the director has authority to approve forms, to approve the manner in which certain documents are executed or completed, and to require certain kinds of information in relation to registration applications.

The province is divided into seven land title districts. Responsibility for the administration of the land title system rests with the registrar in each district.

Included as part of this Introduction are a list of senior officials and staff in the authority and the land title offices, a map of the land title districts, and a list of the places within each land title district.


The Land Title Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 250 is the primary source of legislative authority governing land title practice. Its provisions are the subject of Volume 1 of this Manual. Following the establishment of the Land Title and Survey Authority and delegation of responsibility to the Director of Land Titles, instruments subordinate to the Land Title Act include the following materials:

  1. Regulations of the Lieutenant Governor in Council

    Land Title Act Regulation, B.C. Reg. 334/79

    (reproduced in chapter 32 (Land Title Act—Regulations and Director’s Directions))

    Other Regulations

    Other regulations of the Lieutenant Governor in Council enacted under the authority of the Land Title Act are reproduced in chapter 32 of this Manual. Regulations under other statutes considered in Volume 2 or 3 of this Manual are cross-referenced under those statutes.

  2. Regulations of the Board of Directors of the Land Title and Survey Authority

    The board of directors of the Land Title and Survey Authority may make regulations under a number of sections of the Act, including ss. 4, 158, 227, and 232. The following regulation has been made by the board.

    Land Title Act (Board of Directors) Regulation, B.C. Reg. 332/2010

    (reproduced in chapter 32)

    (1) Section 2 deals with exemptions from s. 158 of the Act and replaces s. 13 of B.C. Reg. 334/79

    (2) Section 3 and Schedule A deal with land title district boundaries and replace s. 32 and Schedule C of B.C. Reg. 334/79

    (3) Section 4 and Schedule B deal with prescribed mortgage terms and replace s. 32 and Schedule C of B.C. Reg. 334/79

    (4) Section 5 deals with exclusions under Division 6 of Part 14 of the Act and replaces s. 9 of B.C. Reg. 53/90

  3. Practice Requirements Issued by the Director of Land Titles

    The director is authorized under s. 9(2) of the Land Title Act to approve documents and forms that may be registered, deposited, or filed under the Act and to establish other procedures and requirements. In exercising this authority, the director has issued the following requirements.

    E-filing Directions v. 1.9

    (available at and reproduced in chapter 70 (Director’s Directions) of this Manual)

    This document establishes the E-filing Directions made by the Director under Part 10.1 of the Land Title Act. These directions replace the Director’s Requirements related to e-filing and reflect amendments to the Act. The document sets out specific directions related to:

    (1) electronic forms and supporting documents;

    (2) electronic signatures and certification by a designate;

    (3) Certification Authority and Subscribers;

    (4) the Authorized Subscriber Register; and

    (5) required e-filing.

    Hardcopy Land Title Forms (DR 04-11) (available at and referenced in chapter 70 (Director’s Directions) of this Manual)

    Sets out the approved hardcopy forms for an application under the Land Title Act and the requirements for completing those forms.

    Valid and Retired Versions of Electronic Forms (available at

    This document establishes the valid and retired form templates for use by the electronic filing system.

    Electronic Land Title Plan and Plan Application Requirements (available at

    This document establishes the electronic filing plan requirements. These requirements are established by the director and generally support existing Survey and Plan Rules.

    Electronic Form 17 Help Guide (available at

    This document contains a list of natures of interest and the applicable supporting documents.

  4. Practice Bulletins and Practice Notes Issued by the Director of Land Titles

    The director may issue periodic practice bulletins or practice notes to address practice points or clarify specific issues for conveyancing practitioners. The more commonly referenced bulletins and notes are reproduced in chapter 71 (Practice Bulletins and Practice Notes) of this Manual. All of the bulletins and notes are available at



Volume 1 of the Manual adopts the numbering system of the Land Title Act. The Act is divided into Parts 1 through 25. In the Manual, each Part is set out sequentially by chapter. The commentary in each Part begins with a list of the sections, their marginal headings, and an overview of the Part. This material is followed by the Land Title Act regulations and fees; land title forms; and practice notes and other relevant material. Volumes 2 and 3 contain an alphabetical collection of other relevant legislation, also set out sequentially by chapter, as well as a dedicated strata property index at chapter 59 and supplementary material from chapters 65 to 71, described below.

Under each section of an Act, the Manual includes the text of the Act, reference to relevant regulations, fees and forms, practice material approved by the Director of Land Titles, cross references and other sources of information, and summaries of relevant case law. The headings under each section are omitted where there is no further commentary relevant to land title practice under that section. In a few instances, where the editorial board determined that practice material should be brought clearly to the attention of the reader, the material is highlighted at the beginning of the practice section under the heading “Practice Alert”.

In some Parts, additional material may be relevant but is not directly related to the substantive provisions of a particular section. For example, Part 11, under s. 182, includes a summary of the law of easements. In addition, in chapters 65 (Powers and Restrictions on Acquisition and Disposition of Land) to 69 (Legal Notations and Charges), the Manual includes supplementary material on:

  1. powers and restrictions on the acquisition and disposition of land;
  2. specific requirements that apply to various transferors and transferees;
  3. the registration of instruments;
  4. government liens, charges, and administrative penalties; and
  5. legal notations and charges.

Chapter 70 (Director’s Directions) includes references to relevant Director’s Directions and the complete E-filing Directions, and chapter 71 (Practice Bulletins and Practice Notes) includes relevant practice bulletins and practice notes issued by the Director of Land Titles.

Finally, a case table, statutes and related material table, and an index are found at the end of the Manual, designed as navigation tools.


Before 1982, the Land Title Act referred to the issuance of a certificate of title. With the enactment of the Land Title Amendment Act, 1982, a certificate of title is no longer issued. It is now correct to refer to the registration of an indefeasible title. For the sake of clarity and consistency with current practice, all references in the Manual to the issuance of certificates of title have been changed to the registration of an indefeasible title, except where the use of the historical term is significant.

For similar reasons, references to the land registry office have been changed to the land title office, references to a land registration district have been changed to land title district, references to lis pendens or certificate of lis pendens have generally been changed to certificate of pending litigation, and references to municipal clerk have been changed to designated municipal officer.

Historical Notes

Historical notes in the Manual have been carried forward from information on enactments prior to the Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1996, as a convenience for readers of the Manual, except where a particular section has been repealed and replaced. Effective dates are noted where a provision has been brought into force by regulation.

The text of amendments not in force has been omitted.


Land Title and Survey Authority

  • Address: Suite 200–1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9J3
  • Telephone: 250-410-0600
  • Officers: Chair, Board of Directors: Robert Simmons; President and Chief Executive Officer: Al-Karim Kara; Vice President, Policy and Legal Services: Gregory Steves

Director of Land Titles

  • Address: Suite 200–1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9J3
  • Telephone: 250-410-0600
  • Officers: Director of Land Titles: Carlos MacDonald

New Westminster Land Title Office (serving Vancouver and New Westminster Land Title Districts)

  • Address: Suite 500–11 Eighth Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3N7
  • Telephone: 604-660-0380 or 1-877-577-5872
  • Officers: Registrar: Larry S. Blaschuk; Senior Policy Analyst and Deputy Registrar: Tim Jowett; Deputy Registrar: Dustin Meyer; Deputy Registrar: Chris Smith; Manager, Customer Service Centre: Sherry Ann Nejmeldeen; Manager, Customer Operations and Assistant Deputy Registrar: Sandy Soo

Kamloops Land Title Office (serving Kamloops and Nelson Land Title Districts)

  • Address: Suite 900–175 2nd Avenue, Kamloops, BC V2C 5W6
  • Telephone: 1-877-577-5872 or 604-660-0380
  • Officers: Registrar: Larry S. Blaschuk; Deputy Registrar: Lindsay Bealle; Manager, Customer Operations: Erica Roy

Victoria Land Title Office (serving Victoria, Prince George, and Prince Rupert Land Title Districts)

  • Location Address: Suite 110–1321 Blanshard Street Victoria, BC V8W 9J3
  • Telephone: 1-877-577-5872 or 604-660-0380
  • Officers: Registrar: Larry S. Blaschuk; Manager, Customer Operations and Assistant Deputy Registrar: Kim Graham


Location Land Title Office Land Title District
Abbotsford New Westminster New Westminster
Alberni District Victoria Victoria
Aldergrove New Westminster New Westminster
Alert Bay Victoria Victoria
Alexis Creek Victoria Prince George
Armstrong Kamloops Kamloops
Ashcroft Kamloops Kamloops
Barclay District Victoria Victoria
Belcarra New Westminster New Westminster
Bella Bella Victoria Victoria
Bella Coola Victoria Victoria
Bright District Victoria Victoria
Burnaby New Westminster New Westminster
Burns Lake Victoria Prince Rupert
Cache Creek Kamloops Kamloops
Cameron District Victoria Victoria
Campbell River Victoria Victoria
Cariboo District Victoria Prince George
Cassiar District Victoria Prince Rupert
Castlegar Kamloops Nelson
Cedar District Victoria Victoria
Central Saanich Victoria Victoria
Chase Kamloops Kamloops
Chemainus District Victoria Victoria
Chetwynd Victoria Prince George
Chilliwack New Westminster New Westminster
Clayoquot District Victoria Victoria
Clearbrook New Westminster New Westminster
Clearwater Kamloops Kamloops
Clinton Kamloops Kamloops
Coast District Range 1 Victoria Victoria
Coast District Range 2 Victoria Victoria
Coast District Range 2 Kamloops Kamloops
Coast District Range 3 Victoria Victoria
Coast District Range 3 Victoria Prince George
Coast District Range 4 Victoria Prince Rupert
Coast District Range 5 Victoria Prince Rupert
Coldstream Kamloops Kamloops
Colwood Victoria Victoria
Comiaken District Victoria Victoria
Comox Victoria Victoria
Comox District Victoria Victoria
Coquitlam New Westminster New Westminster
Courtenay Victoria Victoria
Cowichan District Victoria Victoria
Cowichan Lake District Victoria Victoria
Cranberry District Victoria Victoria
Cranbrook Kamloops Nelson
Creston Kamloops Nelson
Cumberland Victoria Victoria
Dawson Creek Victoria Prince George
Delta New Westminster New Westminster
Denman Island Victoria Victoria
Duncan Victoria Victoria
Elkford Kamloops Nelson
Enderby Kamloops Kamloops
Esquimalt Victoria Victoria
Esquimalt District Victoria Victoria
Fernie Kamloops Nelson
Fort St. James Victoria Prince Rupert
Fort St. John Victoria Prince George
Fraser Lake Victoria Prince Rupert
Fruitvale Kamloops Nelson
Gabriola Island Victoria Victoria
Galiano Island Victoria Victoria
Gibsons New Westminster Vancouver
Gold River Victoria Victoria
Golden Kamloops Nelson
Goldstream District Victoria Victoria
Grand Forks Kamloops Kamloops
Granisle Victoria Prince Rupert
Greenwood Kamloops Kamloops
Harrison Hot Springs New Westminster New Westminster
Hazelton Victoria Prince Rupert
Highland District Victoria Victoria
Hope Kamloops Kamloops
Hornby Island Victoria Victoria
Horsefly Victoria Prince George
Houston Victoria Prince Rupert
Hudsons Hope Victoria Prince George
Invermere Kamloops Nelson
Kamloops Kamloops Kamloops
Kamloops District Kamloops Kamloops
Kaslo Kamloops Nelson
KDYD (Kamloops Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Nelson
KDYD (Kamloops Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Kamloops
Kelowna Kamloops Kamloops
Kent New Westminster New Westminster
Keremeos Kamloops Kamloops
Kimberley Kamloops Nelson
Kitimat Victoria Prince Rupert
Kootenay District Kamloops Nelson
Kootenay District Kamloops Kamloops
Ladysmith Victoria Victoria
Lake Cowichan Victoria Victoria
Lake District Victoria Victoria
Langley New Westminster New Westminster
Lasqueti Island Victoria Victoria
Lillooet Kamloops Kamloops
Lillooet District Kamloops Kamloops
Lions Bay New Westminster Vancouver
Logan Lake Kamloops Kamloops
Lumby Kamloops Kamloops
Lytton Kamloops Kamloops
Mackenzie Victoria Prince George
Malahat District Victoria Victoria
Malcolm Island Victoria Victoria
Maple Ridge New Westminster New Westminster
Massett Victoria Prince Rupert
Matsqui New Westminster New Westminster
Mayne Island Victoria Victoria
McBride Victoria Prince George
Merritt Kamloops Kamloops
Metchosin District Victoria Victoria
Midway Kamloops Kamloops
Mission New Westminster New Westminster
Montrose Kamloops Nelson
Mountain District Victoria Victoria
Nakusp Kamloops Nelson
Nanaimo Victoria Victoria
Nanaimo District Victoria Victoria
Nelson Kamloops Nelson
Nelson District Victoria Victoria
New Denver Kamloops Nelson
New Hazelton Victoria Prince Rupert
New Westminster New Westminster New Westminster
New Westminster District New Westminster New Westminster
New Westminster District New Westminster Vancouver
Nootka District Victoria Victoria
North Cowichan District Victoria Victoria
North Saanich District Victoria Victoria
North Vancouver New Westminster Vancouver
Oak Bay Victoria Victoria
Ocean Falls Victoria Victoria
ODYD (Osoyoos Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Kamloops
Oliver Kamloops Kamloops
One Hundred Mile House Kamloops Kamloops
Osoyoos Kamloops Kamloops
Osoyoos District Kamloops Kamloops
Otter District Victoria Victoria
Oyster District Victoria Victoria
Parksville Victoria Victoria
Peace River District Victoria Prince George
Peachland Kamloops Kamloops
Pemberton Kamloops Kamloops
Pender Island Victoria Victoria
Penticton Kamloops Kamloops
Pitt Meadows New Westminster New Westminster
Port Alberni Victoria Victoria
Port Alice Victoria Victoria
Port Coquitlam New Westminster New Westminster
Port Hardy Victoria Victoria
Port McNeill Victoria Victoria
Port Moody New Westminster New Westminster
Pouce Coupe Victoria Prince George
Powell River New Westminster Vancouver
Prince George Victoria Prince George
Prince Rupert Victoria Prince Rupert
Princeton Kamloops Kamloops
Quadra Island Victoria Victoria
Qualicum Beach Victoria Victoria
Quamichan District Victoria Victoria
Queen Charlotte District Victoria Prince Rupert
Quesnel Victoria Prince George
Renfrew District Victoria Victoria
Revelstoke Kamloops Nelson
Richmond New Westminster New Westminster
Rossland Kamloops Nelson
Rupert District Victoria Victoria
Saanich District Victoria Victoria
Sahtlam District Victoria Victoria
Salmo Kamloops Nelson
Salmon Arm Kamloops Kamloops
Salt SpringIsland Victoria Victoria
Saturna Island Victoria Victoria
Savary Island New Westminster Vancouver
Sayward District Victoria Victoria
SDYD (Similkameen Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Nelson
SDYD (Similkameen Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Kamloops
Sechelt New Westminster Vancouver
Seymour District Victoria Victoria
Shawnigan District Victoria Victoria
Sicamous Kamloops Kamloops
Sidney Victoria Victoria
Silverton Kamloops Nelson
Similkameen District Kamloops Kamloops
Smithers Victoria Prince Rupert
Slocan Kamloops Nelson
Somenos District Victoria Victoria
Sooke District Victoria Victoria
South Saanich District Victoria Victoria
South Salt Spring Island District Victoria Victoria
Spallumcheen Kamloops Kamloops
Sparwood Kamloops Nelson
Squamish New Westminster Vancouver
Stewart Victoria Prince Rupert
Summerland Kamloops Kamloops
Surrey New Westminster New Westminster
Tahsis Victoria Victoria
Taylor Victoria Prince George
Terrace Victoria Prince Rupert
Texada District New Westminster Vancouver
Texada Island New Westminster Vancouver
Tofino Victoria Victoria
Trail Kamloops Nelson
Tumbler Ridge Victoria Prince George
Ucluelet Victoria Victoria
University Land New Westminster Vancouver
Valdes Island New Westminster Victoria
Valemont Victoria Prince George
Vancouver New Westminster Vancouver
Vanderhoof Victoria Prince Rupert
Vernon Kamloops Kamloops
Victoria Victoria Victoria
Victoria District Victoria Victoria
Warfield Kamloops Nelson
Wellington District Victoria Victoria
West Vancouver New Westminster Vancouver
Whistler New Westminster Vancouver
White Rock New Westminster New Westminster
Williams Lake Victoria Prince George
Yale Kamloops Kamloops
YDYD (Yale Div. Yale Dist.) Kamloops Kamloops
YDYD (Yale Div. Yale Dist.) New Westminster New Westminster
Zeballos Victoria Victoria


The following map shows the British Columbia Land Title Districts under s. 4 of the Land Title Act. The boundaries are prescribed by s. 3 and set out in Schedule A of the Land Title Act (Board of Directors) Regulation, B.C. Reg. 332/2010.