This page provides 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.

Cadastral Survey Guidelines

We are developing new guidance to support surveyors undertaking cadastral surveys and preparing CSDs. The Cadastral Survey Guidelines integrate new guidance on the CSR 2021 with existing material from various sources to create a one-stop-shop of information.

Cadastral Survey Guidelines

The Surveyor-General’s guidelines on the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 will continue to be available in the KnowledgeBase until the end of the transition period.

Surveyor-General's Guidelines (RCS 2010)

Transitional arrangements

During the six-month transition period (30 August 2021 to 24 February 2022) CSDs can be certified and lodged in terms of the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 only where the survey started prior to 30 August 2021. When starting a new survey you are required to use the CSR 2021. From 25 February 2022 CSDs can only be certified in terms of the CSR 2021.

Note, survey dispensations can only be provided for RCS 2010 CSDs where evidence is provided that the survey commenced prior to 30 August 2021.

Where a CSD is certified in terms of RCS 2010 and is requisitioned it may continue to be certified under RCS 2010, provided certification and rework is completed before the end of the transition period.

At the end of the transition period CSDs lodged and certified under RCS 2010, but not yet validated, would continue to be processed under the RCS 2010.  If CSDs lodged under the RCS 2010 need to be requisitioned post 24 February 2022 or are not returned from requisition by 24 February 2022, surveyors will need to convert the survey to be in accordance with the CSR 2021. 

Note, that there are currently large delays in processing times. It is recommended that surveyors frequently check the Landonline message centre for up-to-date processing times to determine a safe last date for lodgement for RCS 2010 CSDs.

Landonline message centre

To encourage uptake and give you time to fully understand the requirements of CSR 2021 there will be no resubmission fee for any CSD certified in terms of the CSR 2021.  The resubmission fee will continue to apply for CSDs certified in terms of the RCS 2010.

We have developed a comprehensive document to assist surveyors transitioning from RCS 2010 to CSR 2021.  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.

Transitioning from RCS 2010 to CSR 2021 v3.0 (PDF 456KB)


Landonline has been updated to support the CSR 2021 and the transitional arrangements which came into effect on 30 August 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.

Landonline pre-validation report explanation for CSR 2021 v7.0 (PDF 784KB)

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

Landonline release 3.24 notes

Known issues for e-survey

To convert a RCS 2010 to CSR 2021 CSD follow the steps outlined in our transition document:

Transitioning from RCS 2010 to CSR 2021 (PDF 1MB)

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 Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010.

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.

The first webinar, held in May 2021, focussed on assisting surveyors with changes in the field. If you missed this webinar, you can view an online recording:

New Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 - May webinar recording

The second webinar, held in August 2021, focussed 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

If you missed the August webinar, you can view an online recording:

New Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 - August webinar recording

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.

Factsheet - Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 (PDF 266KB)

Last Updated: 19 October 2021