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
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:
Commission a Survey
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.
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.
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.
– 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
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).
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.