aols.PNGWhy do I need a Survey?

The fundamental 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 information on this contact the Building Department at 519-360-1998.

How do I obtain a copy?

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, although in the situation where there is no copy on file it is recommended that 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 licenced to practice can be found in yellow pages under "Surveyors-Land" or through www.aols.org .

*NOTE: If you are seeking additional information such as; building permits, plans and drawings, or property file documentation, you must apply for a Freedom of Information (FOI) unless you are the registered owner of the property or have written consent from the owner.