Finding My Property Survey Plan Online

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It’s one thing to know you need a survey plan and quite another to know where to look when you ask yourself, "where do I find my survey plan?”
A survey plan is a crucial document when buying or selling a house, building a structure on the property such as a fence, doing exterior renovations, or are dealing with a boundary dispute. All of these transactions are best supported with a detailed survey of your property that documents the location of the boundaries, its structures, the location of rights-of-ways and easements and changes made to the property through the years.
If you don’t have a survey plan of your property there are a number of sources available to you:
  1. Commercial Database – If your property has an existing survey, you can use an online database to search for the latest survey plan. If the database has a survey plan for your property, you will be able to access the documents for a fee. Commercial databases operated by surveyors usually have the most plans, the best coverage and most useful survey plans for homeowners.
  2. City Building Department – You can go to your city’s building department to obtain a copy of your property’s survey plan, if they have one, for a fee. However, the local building department typically has a small subset of all plans that actually exist – those created in the building permit application process for development and renovations projects. As such most of these plans will only depict boundary lines with no information on the location of buildings, structures, fences and other physical features.
  3. Land Registry Office – There are 54 Land Registry Offices in Ontario, five of which cover the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – Toronto, York Region, Peel, Halton and Durham.  You can obtain deposited Reference and Registered from these locations (for a fee).  Note that the great majority of these plans will only show property boundaries and dimensions and will not show buildings or any other physical features.
Commission a Survey– If you are unable to find a survey plan for your property, you will most likely have to commission a new one. Also known as an SRPR – Surveyor’s Real Property Report – the survey plan will provide a diagrammatic representation of the property including the location of the its boundaries, location of structures, and identify structures that are on or near the boundaries, and more.
Make sure you contract a professional surveying firm who is a member in good standing with your local governing association of land surveyors, such as the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS).
For a survey plan to be valid, it must have been prepared by a registered land surveyor, be legible, and be signed, sealed, and dated.
A survey plan is an important part of your property documents. Whether you are buying or selling a home, renovating, or building a structure on the property, a survey plan provides great information on the boundaries of the property, along with the location of structures on the property with respect to the boundaries. You can also find out if any structures are placed outside or over the boundary lines of the property.
If you need to find your survey plan, you can try obtaining one through an online commercial database, or your city’s land registry office or through. You can also commission a new survey, which will give you the most current "view” of your property.

Protect Your Boundaries Inc. is a licensed member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, and is entitled to provide cadastral surveying services to the public of the Province of Ontario in accordance with the provisions of the Surveyors Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter S29.

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