A property survey provides information on the dimensions of a lot and shows the location of buildings and structures on the lot at the time of completion.
Why do I need a survey?
The purpose of all surveys is to provide property owners with an accurate determination of the size and shape (dimensions) of the property. Under the laws of Ontario, only a licensed Ontario Land Surveyor may provide you with this information. A survey is often required by property owners who wish to make changes to their property (add a building, build a fence, etc.) or who simply wish to understand the conditions of their property.
Some other circumstances where surveys may be required are:
- Buying or selling a property, or part of a property
- Mortgaging a property
- Property redevelopment such as a subdivision, condominium, etc.
- Construction of new buildings, fences, hedges, etc.
- Boundary disputes
When working on a project on your property in which a site plan is required, a property survey may be beneficial, although in some cases a site plan drawn to scale may suffice. For more information contact the Building Department at 519-360-1998.
How do I obtain a copy of my survey?
If you do not have a copy of your survey at your disposal, you can contact the Building Department to see if there is currently one on file. An existing survey may be photocopied to assist you. Though, in the situation where there is no copy on file, it is recommended you locate a local surveyor to complete a new survey on the property or reach out to the lawyer who completed your land purchase registration. A listing of Ontario Land Surveyors licensed to practice can be found on the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors website.
NOTE: If you are seeking additional information such as building permits, plans, drawings or property file documentation, you must put in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request unless you are the registered owner of the property or have written consent from the owner.