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3. Acting For Buyers

(n) Items Affecting A Property - View Entire Section

(I) Issues Affecting an Owner’s Interests - View Subsection
(1) Dedications, Restrictions and Expropriations

Not included on most title searches or plans are the Ministry of Transportation’s ‘‘takings’’ as a result of expropriation or dedication. Sizes of parcels indicated on B.C. Assessment records may not reflect the net size. Rights-of-way for passage or road widening may not have been surveyed or registered. Driveways and culverts may not be constructed on any public roads without the permission of the Ministry of Transportation. Permission could also be denied on limited-access roads. On cliffs and adjacent to bodies of water (including streams, rivers, oceans or lakes), there may be building setback requirements or other restrictions to preserve the water or uplands habitat. One hundred-year flood plains, requiring minimum elevations of main floors, may be far removed from the relevant body of water. See your local Highways Department or local government office for information.