What is a Real Property Report?
A Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal document that clearly illustrates the position of the building in relation to the property lines and municipal bylaws. It takes on the form of a plan or illustration of the various physical features of the property, including a written statement detailing the surveyor’s opinions or concerns.
See example of an RPR with compliance
See example of an RPR with an encroachment
A few benefits to getting a Real Property Report (RPR)
How do I order a Real Property Report (RPR) with Arc Surveys?
Read our blog post for a simple step-by step guide on how to order a Real Property Report with Arc Surveys.
Who needs a Real Property Report?
Most commercial and residential real estate transactions in Alberta require a Real Property Report survey to be completed before the sale of a property.
How does a Real Property Report protect you?
Purchasing a property may be the largest financial investment you ever make. With a Real Property Report, owners are aware of any boundary problems. For example, they know whether their new home is too close to the property line, or if part of their garage is on their neighbour’s land, or vice versa.
Since legal complications or a financial holdback of funds can occur if a sold property fails to meet bylaw requirements, a Real Property Report can therefore protect the buyer.
What is shown on a Real Property Report?
The position of the dwelling and or outbuildings in relation to the property lines
Significant visible improvements to the home within the property boundaries
Encroachments relative to the boundaries of the property
Easement, Restrictive Covenants and Utility right-of-ways that are located on the property
And so much more
What is Municipal Compliance?
The Municipality reviews the RPR, and endorses with a compliance stamp or letter if the property meets the required bylaws. Or will issue a rejection letter if the property does not meet local bylaws. Therefore, the property owner can then resolve any outstanding issues identified by the municipality before the sale of the property.
Frequently Asked Question about RPR’s
In most cases a compliant RPR is valid if no other property improvements have been made to the property other than what is shown on the last compliant RPR, and if municipal bylaws have not changed in regard to the property in question. However, not all municipalities will accept a Real Property Report that is greater than one year old. Contact us to find out if your RPR still valid.
No, we take payment at the end, after the process is complete. We will call and or email, to let you know that your RPR is ready for pickup or if there are municipal bylaw concerns with your property.
No, all surveying work is completed outside the property. We do not need access to the inside of the house. We ask that all animals are kept inside during the survey and that all fences/gates are left unlocked to give our surveyors access to the entire property.
We typically choose to show all sheds on the property. That way if there is a Bylaw issue with the placement of the Shed, we can let you know.
Completing a Real Property Report consists of locating property boundary evidence in the form of buried metal pins. Surveyors will often need access to the boundaries of neighboring properties to find this evidence if the metal pins cannot be located on the property in question.
In some cases, it is more cost effective to order an RPR update rather than completing a new RPR. A number a critical factor’s come into play when considering an RPR update. For example, the date of the last surveyed RPR, the number of improvements made to the property and municipal Bylaw updates related to your property. Please contact us to see if an RPP update is right for you.
Portions of this information was supplied, with permission, courtesy of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association. For more information visit
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