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Cadastral integrity

We will continue to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the State cadastre through:

  • Determining boundary disputes to provide an independent decision on the location of a boundary.
  • Audit procedures to ensure surveyors are complying with relevant acts, regulations and determinations. Before a plan is registered it may be subject to a field audit. We undertake audits in Sydney and regional NSW.

Boundary determination

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.

Part 14A Real Property Act 1900 empowers the Registrar General to resolve boundary disputes.

 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 - make an application to the Registrar General to resolve issues.

 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 at LPI undergoes a desktop examination by plan examiners of LPI to ensure the plan complies with all relevant acts and regulations. Before the plan is registered the plan may be subject to a field audit, undertaken by LPI 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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