Information on the implementation of the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021.

Rules clarification

The Rules clarification page provides information and resolution to issues identified when implementing the CSR 2021. Please visit this page to ensure you have access to the latest information prior to commencing a survey under CSR 2021.

Rules clarification

The Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 are available on the New Zealand legislation website:

Cadastral Survey Rules 2021

Unlike previous versions of the rules, we will not be printing and distributing hard copies of the latest version.

CSR 2021 Guidance

Guidance to support surveyors undertaking cadastral surveys and preparing CSDs has been prepared to create a one-stop shop of information.

Cadastral Survey Guidelines

Preliminary requisition analysis has been undertaken specifically to changes implemented by CSR 2021. Please visit this page to view common trends and guidance on avoiding these requisitions.

Common survey requisition items

A comprehensive document to assist surveyors transitioning from RCS 2010 to CSR 2021 has been developed. The document identifies the key changes to the RCS 2010 that will be implemented in the CSR 2021. The changes have been split into three categories, field, office, and boundary reinstatements. It also describes the work that would be required to convert a CSD in terms of the RCS 2010 to CSR 2021.

Webinars are linked below to also support transitioning from RCS 2010 to CSR 2021.

See our webinar for a summary of the key Landonline changes

We have created an up-to-date Landonline pre-validation report explanation specifically for the new business rules created to support CSR 2021.

For a detailed summary of all changes see the Landonline release notes and Known issues for surveyors pages:

Landonline release notes

Known issues for e-survey

Lodgement Standard

The Standard for lodgement of cadastral survey datasets (Lodgement Standard) sets the minimum requirements of cadastral survey datasets (CSDs) when lodging them through Landonline.  It is a standard of the Chief Executive of Toitū Te Whenua LINZ and partners the standard set by the Surveyor-General, which is currently the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021.

Standard for lodgement of cadastral survey datasets 

The Lodgement Standard will be reviewed to reflect changes brought about by the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 (CSR 2021) after a bedding-in period for the Rules and improvements to Landonline.  Until the new standard comes into force, the existing Lodgement Standard will continue to apply.  A guidance article has been created to provide an explanation of the general impact of the CSR 2021 and some items of detail.

Lodgement Standard


Toitū Te Whenua LINZ held a series of webinars to support the new rules prior to them coming into effect:

Webinar 1: May 2021 - Changes in the field

This webinar focuses on assisting surveyors with changes in the field.

Webinar 2: Aug 2021 - Office and Landonline changes

This webinar focuses on everything you need to know about the new CSR 2021, including:

  • Transitional arrangements
  • Key rule changes impacting the preparation of a CSD
  • Key capture changes using Landonline
  • How to convert a Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 (RCS 2010) CSD to CSR 2021 CSD

Training video: Feb 2022 - How to convert a Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 CSD to the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021

If you have RCS 2010 CSDs that won’t be lodged before the 24 February, this training video to help you with the conversion to the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021.

Information for lawyers

The Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 have made changes to survey capture and terminology which will be referred to progressively from September 2021, once the Rules come into effect. This factsheet outlines the changes that will be most relevant to lawyers.

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