Understanding the CTS Number of Your Property

September 5, 2017

If you are planning to buy a property in Mumbai, knowing the city’s survey number or CTS number of your property in Mumbai is very important. The survey number of the city is required at the time of registration of the property and to know the exact amount needed for property registration.


On the real estate forum of Magicbricks, several users ask about what the survey number or CTS number of their property in Mumbai is and how and where they can obtain it. For instance, one of the users, Raju, asks, “How do I find the CTS number of any property in Mumbai?”


The CTS number often gets missed by home buyers and they have to run from pillar to post to get it. Let us understand what is a city's survey number and why do you need it.


Understanding the city’s survey number

The website of Mumbai Authority defines the CTS number as the City's Survey number, technically the Cadastral Survey number of the city. For the Mumbai suburbs, it is the Chain and Triangulation Survey number.


The state government has created a City Survey record for each individual parcel of land and given it a particular number which is known as the City Survey number. A property card for each City Survey number is also prepared.


“In Maharashtra, the CTS number is the identification number in the government records to identify a land. All records related to a property are based on this number. It is essential to get the document registered as you can't register without this number,” says Ramprasad Padhi, founder and CEO, realtor at a Mumbai-based brokerage firm.


The City Survey of Mumbai Suburban District was first carried out during 1963 to 1967. At present, the City Survey Record is prepared for all the villages in the Mumbai Suburban District.


When do you need it?

When you have to register your new property, the CTS number comes handy. “The CTS number is crucial in today’s time when most of the documents are online. You can get every information using this number,” says Padhi.


In fact, the amount of stamp duty is calculated on the basis of the city survey number. The registration fee is 1 per cent of the market value or maximum up to Rs 30,000, while the stamp duty is calculated as per the Ready Beckoner's rate which is decided according to the Division of property and the Cadastral Survey number or CTS number of the property.


Secondly, in order to obtain the property card details or while searching for your property information online on the Government of India website, the City Survey number is mandatory.


Also, to request for the authorised plan of a parcel of land from the BMC for building approval, the owner needs to submit an application giving details such as name of the village and the CTS number.


Where can you get the city’s survey number

All the CTSOs are managed by a controlling authority in Mumbai, which is the Superintendent of Land Records and the Taluka Inspector of Land Records.


“If you are buying a land in Maharashtra, the CTS number is mentioned in the 7/12 extract and the property card. In case of apartments, the number is mentioned on the first page where the schedule of the property agreement starts,” says Padhi.


You can avail the City Title Survey number of any property in Mumbai from the 10 City Survey Offices at Mulund, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Kurla, Andheri, Bandra, Vile Parle, Borivali, Goregaon and Malad. Each office has its own jurisdiction.


For Kurla taluka, you can get the CTS number from the Mumbai suburban district offices in Mulund, Ghatkopar, Chembur and Kurla. For Andheri taluka, one can obtain the CTS number from Andheri, Bandra and Vile Parle offices. For Borivali taluka, the CTS number can be obtained from Borivali, Kandivali, Goregaon and Malad offices.


Other than the above mentioned City Survey numbers, there is an independent Office of the Taluka Inspector of Land Records.

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