These plans are deposited in the local Land Registry Office and are graphical representations of descriptions of land.
They are also representations of divisions of land under the Planning Act RSO, 1990 Ch.P.13. A reference plan is necessary for a severance or the creation of an easement.
Each Land Registry Office has a unique number, and reference plan numbers include the number of the office in which they are deposited.
Reference plans show the surveyed boundary and dimensions as well as any physical or documentary evidence that could affect the title to the property. This may include the location of fences, hedges, retaining walls, overhead wires, etc. in relation to the boundaries and any easements or rights-of-way that are evident or that are registered on title.
Buildings or other improvements on the property are generally not shown unless they were used to position the boundary or they encroach on the property.