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Part 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Schedule 6 of the Local Government Act 2002 provide for the internal division of a local authority for electoral or polling purposes.

However, such division has no effect unless a description or plan of each area has been sent to the Surveyor-General and the Surveyor-General has certified that it is sufficient to render the boundaries capable of identification.

The Surveyor-General has issued a standard to specify requirements for plans that are submitted for certification.

Plans for certification, and supporting documentation, need to be forwarded in digital format to

Include the words 'Plan for certification' and the name of the local authority in the subject line of the email.


A local authority or the Local Government Commission (as applicable) must complete a form when seeking a certification from the Surveyor-General (or delegate). Templates for the form are available online.

A template for the Surveyor-General’s delegate to provide the certification is also available.

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