Overview

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. The land registration system used in Alberta is based on the Torrens System of land registration and operates under the legislative authority of the Land Titles Act. Under this system, the Government has custody of all original titles, documents and plans and has the legal responsibility for the validity and security of all registered land title information.

For more information, see An introduction to Alberta land titles.

Types of land ownership

There are 3 common types of land ownership (tenancies).

Sole owner
Either a person or a registered company is the sole owner of the land.
Tenancy-in-common
There are 2 or more owners, called tenants-in-common. If a tenant-in-common dies, their share in the land goes to their estate, not to the other co-owners.
Joint tenancy
There are 2 or more owners, but each owner has the right of survivorship. If an owner dies, their share in the land goes to the other owners.
You must specify that you want to be a joint tenant on the transfer document. Otherwise you will automatically become a tenant-in-common.

Land titles documents and plans

A person or corporation who has an interest in a piece of land can register a land title or survey plan. For more information, see the following pages:

  • Find titles, documents or plans
  • Register a land title document or plan
  • Change title ownership

Foreign ownership of land

The Foreign Ownership of Land Administration monitors and controls acquisition of prime agricultural and recreational land by non-Canadians. Most transactions are completed through the Land Titles Office, but applications can be made for an exemption from the regulations through an Order in Council.

For more information, see the Foreign ownership of land page.

Land Titles Assurance Fees

The Assurance Fees are created by the Land Titles Act for payment of claims by people who have been deprived of their interests in land as a result of mistakes of the Registrar or wrongful acts of third parties and who are prevented by the Act from suing to recover those interests.

For more information, see the Land Titles Assurance Fees page.

Land Titles and Surveys Forms

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All forms can be filled out online. However, even though the forms may seem simple to complete, they are legal documents. There are legal consequences when changing title ownership. It's strongly suggested you get legal help when filling them out.

Builders’ liens

Caveats

Change of address and name

Condominium changes

Consolidation or separation

Creditor’s statement

Dower release

Foreign ownership

Mortgage or encumbrance

Name search

Personal property

Postponement of land rights

Revocation of Power of Attorney

Statutory declaration

Surveys

Transfer and transmission of land

Cost

The Land Titles Common Documents Fee Schedule (PDF, 75 KB) lists fees for the most common documents.

Supplemental forms

Affidavit of Execution (PDF, 1 MB)

  • Use when additional affidavits required.
  • Remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.

Affidavit of Minors for Estates (PDF, 2 MB)

  • 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, 2 MB)

  • Use when dealing with acquisitions or dispositions of real property by an incorporated congregation executed by an Officer of the congregation.
  • This must be completed by an Officer other than the Officers signing the acquisition or disposition.
  • Remember to attach the original copy of the affidavit to the original document.

Affidavit Re Value of Land (PDF, 2 MB)

  • 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, 1 MB)

  • 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, 723 KB)

  • 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, 2 MB)

  • Use when one person is signing some documents.
  • Remember to attach the original copy of the schedule to the original document.

Agriculture Service Board Act (ASB-1)

Condominium Plan Forms (SUR-4)

  • FORM A SURVEYOR'S AFFIDAVIT to register a Condominium Plan
  • FORM B CERTIFICATE OF ENGINEER / ARCHITECT / SURVEYOR RE: POST TENSIONED CABLES
  • FORM C APPLICATION TO AMALGAMATE CONDOMINIUM PLANS
  • FORM D CERTIFICATE OF THE PERSON WHO PREPARED THE Condominium AMALGAMATION PLAN

Condominium Certificate of corporation/developer Forms(CDE-1)

  • FORM 4 special resolution to transfer or lease common property
  • FORM 5 Notice of Termination of Condominium Status
  • FORM 6 Special Resolution to register interest on Common Property (EASE, UTRW, RESC, etc.)
  • FORM 9 CERTIFICATE OF DEVELOPER for Phased Disclosure Statement
  • FORM 10 CERTIFICATE OF DEVELOPER to amend the Phased Disclosure Statement
  • FORM11 CERTIFICATE OF DEVELOPER for Phased Condominiums
  • FORM 12 Condominium Corporation Approval for Consolidation of Units

Survey Forms

  • SUR-1-APPENDIX A Alberta Township System
  • SUR-1-FORM 1 Surveyor’s Affidavit re: Plan of Survey
  • SUR-3-FORM 2 SURVEYOR'S CERTIFICATION FOR DESCRIPTIVE PLAN
  • SUR-2-FORM 3Consent to register Plan (also Sur-2.2,Sur-3,Sur-4,Sur-6)
  • SUR-2-FORM 12AConsent to register Plan (also Sur-2.2,Sur-3,Sur-4,Sur-6) same as Form 3
  • SUR-2-FORM 4Subdivision Authority Approval (also Sur-2.2,Sur-3,Sur-4)
  • SUR-5-FORM 5Certificate of designated officer for Road
  • SUR-5-FORM 6 Public Works Plan Certification
  • SUR-6-Form A Statutory Declaration for the registration of Dormant Right of Way Plans
  • SURVEY-FORM 8 CERTIFICATE OF MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY (SECTION 10(1)(b), CONDOMINIUM PROPERTY ACT)
  • SUR-10-FORM ARemoval of Municipal Reserve Designation
  • SUR-11-FORM ANOTIFICATION TO REGISTRAR of Road Abandonment
  • SUR-12-FORM A APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT OF LEGAL DESCRIPTION DUE TO A CHANGE IN A NATURAL BOUNDARY

Contact

To connect with a Land Titles office:

Edmonton location

Phone: 780-427-2742

Office address:
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

Mailing address:
Box 2380
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2T3

Calgary location

Phone: 403-297-6511

Office address:
Service Alberta Building
710 4 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0K3

Mailing address:
Box 7575
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 2R4