Introduction to Land Titles and Procedures Manual

How it works

Service Alberta is responsible for registering land ownership rights in Alberta.

The Land Titles Act provides the legislative framework for the department to register land related documents that both create and terminate legal rights in property.

An Introduction to Land Titles (PDF, 27 pages)

On October 5, 2015, land title caveats will increase by $5 to a total of $35. Previous proposed fee increases to land titles, mortgages, transfers and leasehold titles will not go ahead.

If you have any questions, please contact Service Alberta at: 780-427-7013.


This manual helps government employees working in a Land Titles Office.

What’s important to know

  • if there is information that needs to be corrected, added or deleted, send by mail to: Land Titles, Box 2380, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2T3 or by email to: lto@gov.ab.ca
  • all forms can be filled out online - Though the forms may seem simple to complete, they are legal documents. It's important to keep in mind there are legal consequences when changing title ownership. It's strongly suggested you get legal help when filling them out. 
  • only use single-sided printing when printing forms
  • Copyright of this manual belongs to the Province of Alberta – n o person may reproduce, in any format or media, any portion of this Manual (except the forms set out therein) for any purpose other than personal use without the express written authorization of the Registrar, Land Titles Office.

© Government of Alberta

Preface

This Manual addresses document examination procedures in the Land Titles Office, and is primarily intended to provide assistance to Government of Alberta employees working in that area. It does not purport to be a guide as to the substantive law in respect to any of the topics covered nor is it a substitute for legal research. The Government of Alberta makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of any of the material set out in the Manual. In the event of any discrepancy between what is set out in the Manual and what is set out in an enactment, the enactment will prevail.

Recent amendments

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Manual

ADD-1

Change of Address

ADV-1

Adverse Possession Judgments

AFF-1

Affidavits of Attestation

AFF-2

Affidavits Sworn Outside of Alberta

AGR-1

Agreements Pursuant to Sec 21(1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

AGT-1

Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act

ALT-1

Alterations to Documents

ASB-1

Agricultural Service Board Orders

BAN-1

Bankruptcy

BUL-1

Builders’ Lien

CAV-1

Caveats

CAV-2

Removal of Caveats

CAV-3

Registrar’s Caveats

CAV-4

Caveats - Simultaneous Registration of an Instrument & Withdrawal of a Caveat

CAV-5

Caveats Registered Pursuant to Statutes of Alberta Other than the Land Titles Act

CCE-1

Climate Change and Emissions Management Act

CDE-1

Instruments Registered Pursuant to the Condominium Property Act

CEM-1

Transactions Involving Cemeteries

CLP-1

Certificates of Lis Pendens

CNS-1

Conservation Easement

CON-1

Consolidation of Titles

COR-1

Corporations - Acquisition and Disposition of Interests

CRG-1

Crown Grants - Notification Under the Public Land Act and Letters Patent

CRG-2

Crown Grants - Agreements Respecting the Use of Land

CRG-3

Dealings with Provincial Crown Interests

DDA-1

Drainage Districts

DOW-1

Dower

EAS-1

Easement / Encroachment / Party Wall Agreement

ENV-1

Orders Under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

ERE-1

Environmental Reserve Easement

ESO-1

Orders Under the Employment Standards Code

EXP-1

Expropriation - Provincial

EXP-2

Expropriation - Federal

FOL-1

Foreign Ownership of Land

FOR-1

Foreclosure Orders and Orders Confirming Sale

FOR-2

Ownership of Land by a Foreign Country

FRA-1

Fraternal Organizations

HEA-1

Notices Registered Pursuant to Sec 64 of the Public Health Act

HRA-1

Historical Resources Act Registrations

IDE-1

Confirmation of Identity

IES-1

Order, Certificates and Agreements Under the Income and Employment Supports Act

IRR-1

Irrigation Districts Formation Alteration etc.

IRR-2

Irrigable Units

IRR-3

Adjudication Under the Irrigation Act

LEA-1

Leases

LIF-1

Life Estates

LIQ-1

Liquidators

LNS-1

Liens Registered Pursuant to the Rural Utilities Act

LNS-2

Liens Registered Pursuant to the Rural Electrification Acts

MAI-1

Maintenance Orders and Agreements - Maintenance Enforcement Act, Domestic Relations Act and Parentage and Maintenance Act

MEN-1

Mentally Incompetents - Dependent Adults Act Orders and Public Trustee Act Certificates of
Incapacity

MER-1

Merger

MIN-1

Property of Minors

MOR-1

Mortgages, Debentures and Encumbrances

MOR-2

Standard Form Mortgage

NAM-1

Change of Name - Individuals

NOT-1

Notifications Pursuant to the Public Works Act

ORD-1

Court Orders - Certificate of No Appeal

PER-1

Execution of Documents By Personal Representatives

POA-1

Powers of Attorney

POA-2

Powers of Attorney - Enduring

POS-1

Postponements

PPS-1

Personal Property Security Interests

PUB-1

Orders Under the Public Utilities Board Act

RDA-1

Restrictive Development Areas

REC-1

Receivership Orders

REL-1

Religious Societies

RES-1

Restrictive Covenants

SEP-1

Separation of Title

SRA-1

Right of Entry Orders Under the Surface Rights Act

SUB-1

Requirements In Respect of the Subdivision of Land Under the Municipal Government Act

SUR-1

Surveys - Examination of Plans

SUR-2

Surveys - Examination of Subdivision Plans

SUR-2.1

Surveys - Examination of Strata Space Plans

SUR-2.2

Surveys - Examination of Consolidation Plan and Plan of an Existing Parcel

SUR-3

Surveys - Examination of Descriptive Plans

SUR-4

Surveys - Examination of Condominium Plans

SUR-5

Surveys - Examination of Road Plans and Other Public Works Plans

SUR-6

Surveys - Examination of Right of Way Plans, Related Site Plans and Miscellaneous Plans

SUR-7

Surveys - Examination of Plans Prepared Pursuant to Statutes Other than the Land Titles Act

SUR-8

Surveys - Plan Corrections

SUR-9

Surveys - Plan Cancellation By-law

SUR-10

Surveys - Removal or Change of Reserve Designation

SUR-11

Surveys - Road Closures

SUR-12

Surveys - Natural Boundary Changes

TAX-1

Tax Recovery - Tax Arrears Lists and Tax Notices

TAX-2

Tax Recovery - Discharge of Tax Recovery Notification

TAX-3

Tax Recovery - Municipal Acquisition

TAX-4

Tax Recovery - Notification of Sale

TAX-5

Tax Recovery - Redemption and Revival

TAX-6

Tax Recovery - Ministerial Order Changing Municipality

TEN-1

Deceased Joint Tenant - Transfer of Interest

TEN-2

Alteration or Clarification of Co-ownership Arrangements-Tenancies in Common

TRA-1

Transmission on Death

TRF-1

Transfers

UNC-1

Unclaimed Personal Property and Vested Property Act

UNI-1

Unit Agreement

URW-1

Utility Rights of Way

WCB-1

Certified Statements by Workers’ Compensation Board

WRC-1

Certificates Under the Water Resources Act

WRE-1

Writs of Enforcement/Creditor’s Statement/Name Search

Appendices

APPENDIX IV Commonly Used Forms

Supplemental Forms:

  • Affidavit of Execution (pdf) - for use when additional affidavits required - remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.
  • Affidavit of Minors for Estates (pdf) - for use when completing a transfer, mortgage or other instrument executed by an executor, administrator or trustee under a will except an application for transmission or a caveat or a discharge of mortgage - remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.
  • Affidavit of Officer (pdf) - for use when dealing with acquisitions or dispositions of real property by an incorporated congregation executed by an Officer of the congregation (must be completed by an Officer other than the Officers signing the acquisition or dispostion) - remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.
  • Affidavit Re Value of Land (pdf) - for use when registering Orders that cancel a title or when affidavit is completed in another office - remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.
  • Affidavit Verifying Corporate Signing Authority (pdf) - for use when an Officer or Director is signing a document on behalf of a Corporation that is not affixing a Corporate Seal - remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.
  • Attached Schedule (pdf) - for use when information exceeds a document's data entry field, please note that all schedules must be clearly named or identified - remember to attach the original copy of the schedule to the original document.
  • Dower Affidavit (pdf) - for use when one person is signing some documents - remember to attach the original copy of the schedule to the original document.

Contact this service

780-427-2742
(Edmonton)

403-297-6511
(Calgary)

8:15 am - 4:00 pm (Monday to Friday,
closed statutory holidays)

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