Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How do I obtain a legal description for my property?
  2. I would like a copy of a survey plan of my property. Who do I contact?
  3. What are floodplain maps and where can I find a floodplain map for my area of interest?
  4. I need an address for my house. Who do I contact?
  5. How do I obtain ownership information regarding a property or group of properties?

Answers

1. How do I obtain a legal description for my property?

A legal description (also referred to as land description, property description, or land boundary description) is a unique identifier for a parcel and is used to describe the location of your land in legal documents. The legal description is derived from a number of sources including the type of survey system used, the land district which the parcel lies within and the assigned plan number. Please note a civic address is not a legal description and cannot be used to request for a plan, title search or other land title information.

You can obtain the legal description of a parcel of land from any of the following:

  • BC Assessment Authority Tax Assessment Notice
  • Survey Plan
  • Certificate of Title
  • Surveyors Certificate of Location
  • GIS Section at the TNRD

2. I would like a copy of a survey plan of my property. Who do I contact?

Land survey plans define the legal boundaries of properties. A survey plan, such as a subdivision, reference, explanatory, posting, air space or strata plan is a map which delineates the legal boundaries and dimensions of the surveyed parcel, and the type and location of survey posts set in the ground to mark the boundaries of the surveyed parcel. BC’s Surveyor General oversees the province’s land survey system. To obtain a copy of a survey plan, please contact the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA). LTSA contact information below: http://www.ltsa.ca/contact

3. What are floodplain maps and where can I find a floodplain map for my area of interest?

A floodplain map delineates the area that can be expected to flood, on average, once every 200 years. This is called the 200-year flood. A 200-year flood can occur at any time in any given year; the indicated flood level may be exceeded; and portions of the floodplain can flood more frequently.

Floodplain maps are administrative tools which depict minimum elevations for floodproofing. Minimum floodproofing requirements can then be incorporated into building bylaws, subdivision approvals, and local government planning and regulations. Use and limitations of floodplain maps are described on the BC Ministry of Environment Water Stewardship Division website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/data_searches/fpm/reports/index.html

The Floodplain Mapping Program was a joint initiative by the federal and B.C. governments. The program identified and mapped areas that were highly susceptible to flooding. These areas were designated as floodplains by the federal and provincial Environment Ministers.

You can view a map of British Columbia showing Designated Floodplain Areas:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/data_searches/fpm/reports/fldpln_areas_20070510.pdf

A list of designated floodplains by watercourse is available on the BC Ministry of Environment Water Stewardship Division website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/data_searches/fpm/reports/fldpln_areas_20070510.pdf

4. I need an address for my house. Who do I contact?

The Regional District’s Regional House Identification System was designed to enhance emergency response and assist service companies/providers and property owners by incorporating numerous and disparate house numbering systems into one regional and cohesive numbering system. Please contact Ken Dhaliwal by phone at 250-377-8673 (ext. 2256) or via email at kdhaliwal@tnrd.ca. Please provide your name, phone number, legal description and the name of the road that affords access to your house.

5. How do I obtain ownership information regarding a property or group of properties?

Ownership of lands, also known as ‘fee simple ownership’, is registered by registrars and examiners of title at the Land Title and Survey Authority’s Land Title Offices. Information about land title records can be found on the LTSA website: http://www.ltsa.ca/records/land-titles

Access to land title and survey records in BC are described on the following website: http://www.ltsa.ca/records

 

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