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Surveyors prepare plans of survey that determine the physical boundaries of new parcels of land and create their legal identity. NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) provides information and advice regarding the fixation of land boundaries as well as the resolution of related disputes.

To assist surveyors in the day-to-day delivery of surveying services, preparation and lodgment of plans of survey, NSW LRS publishes the Registrar General's Guidelines and detailed information kits and checklists. These directions ensure that registered surveyors apply the current guidelines to all aspects of survey practice in NSW.

Boundary disputes

The ever-increasing value of land has caused landowners to become more aware of their common boundaries. In addition, increased accuracy resulting from technological advancements has highlighted issues of boundary fixation, particularly arising from earlier surveys. If two independent registered surveyors advise a landholder that there is a difference in the location of a boundary, the landholder can - for a fee - consult NSW LRS's surveyors to help resolve any issues quickly and economically.

The application may be made only by or on behalf of:

  • an owner of land on either side of the boundary
  • a purchaser under a contract for sale of land on one side of the boundary who has paid the purchase price in full or obtained the owner’s consent or
  • a public or local authority or the head of a government department.

For more information download How to Lodge an Application for a Boundary Determination (PDF 94 KB).

Audit procedures

Each plan lodged for registration with NSW LRS undergoes a desktop examination by plan examiners of NSW LRS to ensure the plan complies with all relevant acts and regulations.

Before a plan is registered the plan may be subject to a field audit, undertaken by NSW LRS surveyors to assess its regulatory compliance. The majority of audits are performed on unregistered plans.

A plan may also be audited after registration. Download the Audit Survey Procedures (PDF 237.2 KB).

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