Rules, Standards and Guidelines for the conduct and processing of cadastral surveys, and for the integration and provision of cadastral survey data.

Rules, standards and policies

  • Utility location standard
    This Standard is intended to be used when defining the location of utility assets, such as when surveying an ‘as built’.  It will enable the information to be accurately recorded in an Asset Management System.
  • Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010
    A consolidated edition of the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 is published on the government legislation website. This edition incorporates amendments made in 2012 and 2017.
  • Standard for the lodgement of cadastral survey datasets – LINZS70000
    Licensed cadastral surveyors must comply with this standard when lodging CSDs with LINZ for approval as to survey. It will also be used by LINZ staff when validating and approving CSDs for integration into the cadastre. 
  • Standard for integration & provision of cadastral survey data - LINZS10003
    This standard covers the requirements for integrating cadastral surveys into the cadastre (Landonline), the retention and maintenance of cadastral survey records, and providing access to cadastral survey data.
  • Interim Standard for mark protection surveys (Canterbury Earthquake) - LINZS10004
    This interim standard provides the Surveyor-General’s approval for the removal of survey marks for the purposes of post-earthquake reconstruction on land affected by the Canterbury Earthquake subject to survey mark protection requirements.
  • Use of Graphic Description Plans – OSG Policy 2000/2
    The purpose of this policy is to achieve uniformity and accuracy in the graphical presentation for those areas of land, the boundaries of which are required to be defined for formal notification in the New Zealand Gazette or for other statutory purposes and for which no certificate of title will be required.
  • Conservation Covenant Plans OSG Policy 2002/1
    This policy is intended to achieve uniformity in the presentation of diagrams of conservation covenants, open space covenants, and Nga Whenua Rahui kawenata, negotiated under various statutes.



The following rulings are to be applied in conjunction with the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010:

Last Updated: 19 June 2020