Cadastral survey plan (survey sheet)

Cadastral survey plans show a property’s legal boundaries, area and dimensions.

Cadastral survey plans show a property’s legal boundaries, area and dimensions. There are three main types:

  • deposited plans (DP)
  • survey office plans (SO)
  • Māori land plans (ML)

Cadastral survey plans can date back to around 1850. Older plans may include names of European settlers, as well as Māori and early English placenames.

The plans show the 'appellation' (legal description) for a piece of land, depending on the land classification, eg something like 'Section 1 Block VII Mata Survey District' for Crown land; 'Kaiti 313A6B2' for Māori land; or 'Lot 1 DP 12345' for general land.

The survey sheet of a cadastral survey plan shows detailed survey observations. It may also include a simpler plan showing only the property's boundaries, area and dimensions.

survey plan sample

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