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The Cadastral Survey Rules are issued by the Surveyor-General under section 49 of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002. The Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 have been replaced by the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021.

This resource has been superceded, visit the current version: 
Cadastral Survey Rules 2021

The Rules are directed at cadastral surveyors and provide requirements that surveyors must meet when carrying out and then lodging a cadastral survey dataset with Land Information New Zealand for integration into the cadastre.  These surveys form the basis of the national cadastre and support various tenure systems including the land transfer system. 

Note:  The Canterbury Property Boundaries and Related Matters Act 2016 came into law on 30 August 2016 and introduced new principles for determining boundaries affected by earthquake movement in greater Christchurch.

To support the Act new cadastral rules have been made by the Surveyor-General. The Cadastral Survey Amendment Rules 2017 were gazetted on 2 March 2017 with effect from 24 April 2017. These rules amend the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 with the addition of rule 20 Cadastral survey rules for greater Christchurch.

On 24 April 2017, a consolidated edition of the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 was published on the government legislation website. This edition incorporates amendments made in 2012 and 2017.

You can access the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 on the legislation website.

Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 - New Zealand Legislation