Note: this guideline is issued by the Surveyor-General under section 7(1)(ga) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002 about the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 and is not legally binding.

The following information relates to depicting non-primary parcels and their underlying parcel boundaries in a Diagram of Survey or Diagram of Parcels.

To enable right holders to exercise their rights, it is essential that the location and extent of a non-primary parcel in relation to its underlying parcel is recorded unambiguously in the cadastre and in land title records.

Recording the spatial relationship of non-primary parcels

A Diagram of Survey focuses on the relationship between the boundaries. While a depiction of each parcel in its entirety is not required on the diagram, the diagram must include:

  • a clear depiction of the spatial relationship between each non-primary parcel boundary and the boundary of the underlying parcel [r 9.6.3(g)(ii) and r 9.6.15(a)], and
  • sufficient boundaries of the non-primary parcel in relation to the primary parcel to ensure the relationship is clear and unambiguous.  The inclusion of part boundary distances is one acceptable way to show this.

A Diagram of Parcels focuses on the relationship between the parcels. The diagram must include a clear depiction of the spatial relationship between each non-primary parcel and its entire underlying parcel [r 10.4.2(e)(i) and r 10.4.10(a)].

This does not mean that the entire underlying parcel must be depicted. However, enough of the underlying parcel must be shown so that users of the diagram can readily identify where the non-primary parcel is in relation to whole of the underlying parcel.

This rule ensures that there is a known relationship between the parcels and there is a clear understanding of the location of the non-primary parcel in relation to the overall underlying parcel.

Figure 1: Spatial depiction of a non-primary parcel

Note, there are particular depiction requirements for:

Last Updated: 7 April 2017
Authority: Surveyor-General - Section 7(1)(ga) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002
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