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If a non-navigable river or stream dries up (for example, because it has changed course suddenly and perceptibly), an application to bring land under the Act may be made.

This guideline explains how a landowner may apply to bring former river or stream bed under the provisions of the Land Transfer Act 2017. It outlines the factual and legal requirements necessary to fulfil the mandatory requirements for such applications in the Boundary Changes − Accretion and Dry Beds (Rivers and Streams) Standard 2018 – LINZS20013.

Update note

This guideline was updated on 28 May 2020 and supercedes all earlier versions. It contains amendments to section 1.4:

  • The reference to “r25” now reads “r27”.
  • The reference to “60 working days” now reads “40 working days”.

This guideline references the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 (CSR 2010). The Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 (CSR 2021) came into effect on 30 August 2021. During the 6-month transition period (30 August 2021 to 25 February 2022) cadastral survey datasets (CSDs) could be certified and lodged in terms of the CSR 2010 or the CSR 2021.


The forms referred to in schedules 1 and 2 of this guideline are superceded by Forms 39 and 40 of the Approved Paper Forms for Land Transfer Act 2017.