In Calgary, a real property report with City of Calgary compliance is an important document that is generally required to be supplied by the seller of a house and some types of condos before title transfer (and payment) takes place.
A real property report is a survey of the land that shows improvements (all buildings, fences, patios etc) as well as boundaries and compliance with municipal requirements.
Once completed by an Alberta Land Surveyor, the real property report must be reviewed and endorsed by the municipality.
Sellers are encouraged to have one done as early as possible so that they have the opportunity to remedy any problems that may arise from the report. If, for example, a fence is found to be in the wrong location it is often easier and less expensive to move the fence that apply and pay for an encroachment agreement.
How much does a real property report cost?
Obviously prices vary, but a real property report in Calgary costs approximately $550 and takes about 2 weeks to complete.
Once in your hands, you must get the blue stamp! For 2012, the City of Calgary charges $143 for a compliance stamp (it was $101 in 2011). Most survey companies will get the compliance for you (and charge you a courier fee) or you can visit the City of Calgary Development and Building unit on the 3rd floor at City Hall and have it done in person.
For more information, check out this brochure from the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association.