Land Title Practice Manual

Practice Point

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 2021 update

  • updated land title filing information, including Web Filing
  • updated forms submission guidance
  • added “preliminary inspection” and “priority of examination and registration” guidance under Land Title Act s. 168
  • updated “life estate” guidance under LTA s. 186
  • new and updated forms approved by Director of Land Titles
  • reproduced and annotated legislation updated:
    • LTA effect of LOTA filings on transferee
    • Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation amendment, corresponding LTA and Property Law Act amendments
    • regulatory amendments under Agricultural Land Commission Act re exceptions to requirements for approval of agricultural lands subdivision
    • LOTA amendments to LTA re certification authority
    • strata insurance matters
    • WESA enactments for remote wills witnessing
  • case law updated and dozens of relevant new cases discussed, including on:
    • first indefeasible title and adverse possession
    • statutory presumption of fee simple title
    • proving equitable fraud under the LTA
    • relief from subdivision restrictions
    • CPL and s. 219 covenant registrations
    • builders liens, family matters, partition of property, strata law
  • Delegated Oil and Gas Commission authority re non-farm uses of ALR land
  • instructions for local government filing appropriation bylaw
  • new and revised charges, notations, endorsements on title:
    • party wall agreements
    • right of entry, Canadian Energy Regulators Act
    • charge, Securities Act
    • lease, Strata Property Act
    • undersurface and other exceptions and reservations, Land Act and Community Charter

Editorial Board

Ralston S. Alexander, QC — Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria
Larry S. Blaschuk — Registrar, Land Title Districts and Land Title Offices, New Westminster
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 — Director of Land Titles, Land Title and Survey Authority of BC, Victoria


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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