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 2019 update

  • features new legislation coming into effect November 15, 2019 (new Part 10.1 of the Land Title Act and consequential amendments to other legislation)
  • discusses new land transfer form templates coming into use on that date and contemplates the LTSA’s forthcoming transition to Web Filing
  • includes comprehensive revisions to all annotations
  • provides annotations of new case law from the BCSC and BCCA
  • includes and discusses E-Filing Directions v. 1.0
  • incorporates all other legislative and regulatory amendments to November 1, 2019, most notably amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act and associated regulations
  • adds Cannabis Control and Licensing Act and Cannabis Licensing Regulation to sections on government liens and charges and administrative monetary penalties

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
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, Deputy Registrar and Senior Manager, E-business


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
10.1. Land Title Act, Part 10.1 (ss. 168.1 – 168.91)—Electronic Filing
11. Land Title Act, Part 11 (ss. 169 – 184)—Registration of Title in Fee Simple
12. Land Title Act, Part 12 (ss. 185 – 190)—Transfers
13. Land Title Act, Part 13 (ss. 191 – 196)—Dealings With Indefeasible Title Other Than by Registration
14. Land Title Act, Part 14 (ss. 197 – 237)—Registration of Title to Charges
15. Land Title Act, Part 15 (ss. 238 – 240)—Instruments
16. Land Title Act, Part 16 (ss. 241 – 259)—Cancellation of Charges
17. Land Title Act, Part 17 (ss. 260 – 280)—Transmission of Fee Simple and Charge
18. Land Title Act, Part 18 (s. 281)—Notice of Certain Conditions and Obligations
19. Land Title Act, Part 19 (ss. 282 – 294)—Caveats
19.1. Land Title Act, Part 19.1 (ss. 294.1 – 294.9)—LTSA Assurance Fund
20. Land Title Act, Part 20 (ss. 294.91 – 307)—Government Assurance Fund
21. Land Title Act, Part 21 (ss. 308 – 314)—Appeals
22. Land Title Act, Part 22 (ss. 315 – 321)—Notices
23. Land Title Act, Part 23 (ss. 322 – 365)—Special Surveys
24. Land Title Act, Part 24 (ss. 366 – 373)—Registration of Title to Indian Lands
24.01. Land Title Act, Part 24.01 (s. 373.11)—Treaty Lands
24.1. Land Title Act, Part 24.1 (ss. 373.2 – 373.91)—Nisga’a Lands and Category A and B Lands
24.2. Land Title Act, Part 24.2 (s. 373.92)—Cancelling Registration of Reserve Lands Registered to Canada
25. Land Title Act, Part 25 (ss. 374 – 394)—Miscellaneous
26. Land Title Act, Fees
27. Land Title Act, Regulations and Director’s Requirements
28. Land Title Act, Forms
29. Index

Volume 2
30. Agricultural Land Commission Act
31. British Columbia Home Programs Legislation
32. Builders Lien Act
33. Court Order Enforcement Act
34. Environmental Management Act
35. Escheat Act
36. Expropriation Act
37. Family Matters
38. Fraudulent Conveyance and Fraudulent Preference Acts
39. Interpretation Act
40. Land Act
41. Land Surveys
42. Land Title and Survey Authority Act
43. Land Title Inquiry Act
44. Land Transfer Form Act
45. Law and Equity Act
46. Local Government Legislation: Community Charter, Local Government Act, Municipal Replotting Act
47. Partition of Property Act
48. Perpetuity Act
49. Personal Property Security Act
50. Property Law Act
51. Property Transfer Tax Act
52. Index

Volume 3
53. Strata Property Act
54. Strata Property Regulations
55. Strata Property Forms
56. Strata Property Index
57. Taxation (Rural Area) Act
57.1 Treaty First Nation Taxation Act
58. Trustees, Personal Representatives, and Trustees in Bankruptcy
59. Vancouver Charter
60. Powers and Restrictions on Acquisition and Disposition of Land
61. Transferors and Transferees: Proof of Existence and Execution of Instruments
62. Registration of Instruments
63. Government Liens, Charges, and Administrative Penalties
64. Legal Notations and Charges
65. Director’s Requirements
66. Practice Bulletins and Practice Notes
67. Case Table
68. Statute Table
69. Table of Regulations, Rules, and Guidelines
70. Reference Table
71. Index

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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