Lot Dimensions

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Actual Measurements

Actual Frontage

The width of the lot, measured in feet, as described in the Parcel Register of the Land Registry office, or on the Land Transfer Tax Affidavit (LTTA) or the Land Transfer Tax Statements (LTTS) of the Land Titles office. Actual dimensions are usually described on a registered survey.

Actual Depth

The depth or length of the lot, measured in feet, as described in the Parcel Register of the Land Registry office or on the LTTA or the LTTS of the Land Titles office. Actual dimensions are usually described on a registered survey.

Actual Lot Size or Site Area

Deeded or total lot area, which is the area owned, whether flooded or not. This can also include water lots (land under water). It is the area as defined by the property’s legal description.

Site Areas are measured in Acres (A) or Square Feet (F).

Effective Measurements

For assessment purposes, two land dimensions are used to describe a residential property with an irregular site: a frontage and a depth. Irregular lots must be reviewed to determine an effective frontage and depth to standardize the size of the lot. This allows for a meaningful comparison between different shaped lots.

Effective Frontage

Calculation that adjusts the actual frontage of an irregular shaped property to a standardized frontage.

Effective Depth

Calculation that adjusts the actual depth of an irregular shaped property to a standardized depth.

Effective Lot Size

Calculation that adjusts the actual lot size of an irregular shaped property to a standardized lot size.

Note: The applicable law prevails to the extent there is any conflict between this information and the current law. This information is not intended to provide legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.