Land Title Practice Manual

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Your inside look into the BC Land Title and Survey Authority

This publication is essential for: anyone who deals with land title matters in BC.

Published under authority of the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA), Land Title Practice Manual is the reference resource for BC conveyancers. Used by LTSA staff when reviewing registration applications, this indispensable resource provides you with the full Land Title Act containing section-by-section commentary with applicable forms, practice tips, and case summaries.

In addition, you will find annotated relevant sections of over 20 other statutes and regulations affecting land title practice. Examples of documents acceptable to the LTSA, guidance on instrument registration, and a survey of liens and charges are also included as handy materials.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • understand the perspective of LTSA staff who review applications
  • reduce your risk of LTSA defect notices
  • quickly obtain answers to your questions about land title submissions

Buy today and become an LTSA insider!

Highlights of the 2020 update

  • legislative amendments to Agricultural Land Commission Act and regulations
  • affidavits of execution under s. 49 of Land Title Act (in use during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • powers of attorney where donor has name variations on multiple titles
  • searching for associated plans in myLTSA
  • subdivision of remainder following registration of air space plan
  • Use of Terms of Instrument—Part 2 and Item 3 of Form C in case of priority agreement
    “miscellaneous notes’ endorsements and associated plans searches

Editorial Board

Ralston S. Alexander, QC — Cook Roberts, Victoria
Larry S. Blaschuk — Registrar, New Westminster and Kamloops Land Title Offices
Robert G. Howell — Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria
Tim Jowett — Senior Policy Analyst and Deputy Registrar, Land Title and Survey Authority of BC, New Westminster
Brenda M. Lightbody — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver
Carlos MacDonald — Registrar, Victoria Land Title Office, Victoria


The Editorial Board wishes to acknowledge and thank the following staff with the BC Land Title and Survey Authority who have worked diligently to ensure the manual remains a vital reference work for conveyancing practitioners:

Nancy Hancharyk, E-business Examination Specialist
Tim Jowett, Senior Policy Analyst and Deputy Registrar, Land Title and Survey Authority of BC, New Westminster


The Editorial Board would like to express particular appreciation to Wendi J. Mackay, who retired this year after almost 30 years on the Editorial Board, most of those as Chair. She has devoted endless hours to the land title system and the legal profession through her work on the manual.

Volume 1


1. Land Title Act, Part 1 (ss. 1 – 3)—Definitions, Interpretation and Application

2. Land Title Act, Part 2 (ss. 4 – 19)—Land Title Offices and Officers

3. Land Title Act, Part 3 (ss. 20 – 38)—Registration and Its Effect

4. Land Title Act, Part 4 (ss. 39 – 40)—Forms of Instruments

5. Land Title Act, Part 5 (ss. 41 – 50)—Attestation and Proof of Execution of Instruments

6. Land Title Act, Part 6 (ss. 51 – 57)—Powers of Attorney

7. Land Title Act, Part 7 (ss. 58 – 120)—Descriptions and Plans

8. Land Title Act, Part 8 (ss. 121 – 137)—Cancellation of Plans

9. Land Title Act, Part 9 (ss. 138 – 146)—Air Space Titles

10. Land Title Act, Part 10 (ss. 147 – 168)—Applications for Registration and Evidence in Support

11. Land Title Act, Part 10.1 (ss. 168.1 – 168.7)—Electronic Filing

12. Land Title Act, Part 11 (ss. 169 – 184)—Registration in Fee Simple

13. Land Title Act, Part 12 (ss. 185 – 190)—Transfers

14. Land Title Act, Part 13 (ss. 191 – 196)—Dealings With Indefeasible Title Other Than by Registration

15. Land Title Act, Part 14 (ss. 197 – 237)—Charges

16. Land Title Act, Part 15 (ss. 238 – 240)—Instruments

17. Land Title Act, Part 16 (ss. 241 – 259)—Cancellation of Charges

18. Land Title Act, Part 17 (ss. 260 – 280)—Transmission and Fee Simple and Charge

19. Land Title Act, Part 18 (s. 281)—Notice of Certain Conditions and Obligations

20. Land Title Act, Part 19 (ss. 282 – 294)—Caveats

21. Land Title Act, Part 19.1 (ss. 294.1 – 294.9)—LTSA Assurance Fund

22. Land Title Act, Part 20 (ss. 294.91 – 307)—Government Assurance Fund

23. Land Title Act, Part 21 (ss. 308 – 314)—Appeals

24. Land Title Act, Part 22 (ss. 315 – 321)—Notices

25. Land Title Act, Part 23 (ss. 322 – 365)—Special Surveys

26. Land Title Act, Part 24 (ss. 366 – 373)—Registration of Title to Indian Lands

27. Land Title Act, Part 24.01 (s. 373.11)—Treaty Lands

28. Land Title Act, Part 24.1 (ss. 373.2 – 373.91)—Nisga’a Lands and Category A and B Lands

29. Land Title Act, Part 24.2 (s. 373.92)—Cancelling Registration of Reserve Lands Registered to Canada

30. Land Title Act, Part 25 (ss. 374 – 394)—Miscellaneous

31. Land Title Act, Fees

32. Land Title Act, Regulations and Director’s Requirements

33. Land Title Act, Forms

Volume 2

34. Agricultural Land Commission Act

35. British Columbia Home Programs Legislation

36. Builders Lien Act

37. Court Order Enforcement Act

38. Environmental Management Act

39. Escheat Act

40. Expropriation Act

41. Family Matters

42. Fraudulent Conveyance and Fraudulent Preference Acts

43. Interpretation Act

44. Land Act

45. Land Surveys Legislation

46. Land Title and Survey Authority Act

47. Land Title Inquiry Act

48. Land Transfer Form Act

49. Law and Equity Act

50. Local Government Legislation

51. Partition of Property Act

52. Perpetuity Act

53. Personal Property Security Act

54. Property Law Act

55. Property Transfer Tax Act

Volume 3

56. Strata Property Act

57. Strata Property Regulations

58. Strata Property Forms

59. Strata Property Index

60. Taxation (Rural Area) Act

61. Treaty First Nation Taxation Act

62. Trustees, Personal Representatives, and Trustees in Bankruptcy

63. Vancouver Charter

64. Powers and Restrictions on Acquisition and Disposition of Land

65. Transferors and Transferees: Proof of Existence and Execution of Instruments

66. Registration of Instruments

67. Government Liens, Charges, and Administrative Penalties

68. Legal Notations and Charges

69. Director’s Requirements

70. Practice Bulletins and Practice Notes

Case Table
Statutes and Related Material Table


Land Title Practice Manual is recommended to all professionals by the BC Land Title and Survey Authority as a resource for obtaining detailed land title practice information.

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