The GATOR Search Application
What is GATOR?
GATOR is an on-line search tool that lets you access records and images from the Crown Land Registry database. The Crown Land Registry is a database of Crown land records for the province of British Columbia, maintained since the Hudson's Bay Company first began surveying land in British Columbia in the 1850s.
GATOR allows you to perform a variety of searches relating to Crown land. These include the ability to:
- identify original parcel survey structure;
- determine the existence and location of survey field notes, survey plans and Crown grant information;
- review Land Act transaction information associated with a particular parcel, such as leases, licenses, or reserves (the 'tenure' or 'interest' against the parcel);
- access information about the original title document (i.e. Crown Grant).
GATOR also includes links to several types of scanned original Crown Land documents, such as the original Crown Grant, Crown Land Survey field notes and official plans.
How to Get Started Using GATOR
- Step 1: Get a Valid ID
To begin using GATOR, you must have a valid BCeID or valid IDIR ID account. Please see the Before You Start Using GATOR page for more information about these requirements.
- Step 2: Choose Your Account Type
There are two types of GATOR accounts. Please use the information about the different GATOR account types to help you make your decision.
- Step 3: Create Your Account
Once you have chosen what type of GATOR account you need, you must create your GATOR Account. Please see the Creating Your GATOR Account page for more information on how to set this up.
More Information on GATOR
This web site, as well as the on-line GATOR application, has more resources to assist you:
- GATOR Alerts Page
- Frequently Asked Questions
- GATOR Help
- Glossary of GATOR Terms
- Hints and Tips about GATOR
- Sample Images from GATOR
Help on GATOR is also available on the GATOR: Contact Us page as well as through the NRS Business Service Desk:
- Victoria: 250-952-6801
- Toll-free at: 1-866-952-6801
- E-Mail: NRSApplications@gov.bc.ca
The NRS Business Service Desk is available from 8:00am to 4:30pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
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