Many mortgage lenders require evidence that buildings have been correctly positioned on a property. Documents, usually real property reports, are submitted to the Development Officers to determine compliance with the setback and separation requirements of the Land Use Bylaw.
What is a Real Property Report?
A Real Property Report is a certified drawing completed by a qualified surveying firm, which shows all buildings, dimensions and distances from property lines on a specific property.
What is a Compliance Letter
This is a letter from the City of Lethbridge which states whether building locations shown on a submitted document meet or do not meet the requirements set out in the Land Use Bylaw.
Compliance Review Process
When reviewing drawings for compliance, the Development Officer looks at:
- Required Setbacks
- Prior Approvals
Why do I need a Compliance Letter?
Mortgage lenders, seeking to protect their investment, or lawyers, seeking to protect client interests often ask for a compliance letter. Compliance letters are most commonly required as a part of real estate purchasing contracts.
How do I get a Compliance Letter?
Development Officers can certify any readable drawing of a property as long as it shows all of the setbacks. Most mortgage lenders, however only accept compliance letters that are based on a recently-completed Real Property Report done by a qualified surveying firm.
- Regular Mail or Courier
- Drop Off In Person
What does it cost?
We offer two levels of service for compliance requests: Regular Service which will be completed within 3 working days for a cost of $150.00 for Residential, $200.00 for Commercial/ Industrial/Multi-Family, or Rush Service which will be completed within 24 hours for a cost of $200.00 for Residential and $300.00 for Commercial / Industrial/Multi-Family.