Survey plans

About survey plans

A cadastral survey plan or a registered plan indicates the pegs in the ground that are used to mark the lot boundaries of a property in the form of bearings and distances, as well as the area. This is done so that the property can be easily identified by the land owners and the adjoining owners.

A plan is a technical and legal document prepared by a licenced registered surveyor.

A plan is considered current until a survey has been conducted on the subject block, and a new title issued. The certificate for each parcel in Queensland refers to the current survey plan. Some lots on a plan may be current, but others may have been cancelled by a new lot on plan. This may mean that a current plan could be from the 1900s, whereas a nearby plan may be either newer or older.

A survey plan does not include building location or building plans. For more information, contact the relevant local government.

Standard survey plans do not contain land contours. A registered surveyor can create these plans for you.

A current plan may not show easements, leases or covenants. Refer to a title search for this information.

Reading a survey plan

A survey plan will include bearings, distances and area for all parcels covered by the survey plan. Sometimes the measurements for an individual parcel are not included. This occurs where the dimensions of one parcel are the same as the adjacent lots (e.g. if lots 1 to 20 are all the same size, the dimensions may only be shown on lot 1).

A survey plan does not include the measurements from the kerb to the property boundary.

Depending on when the survey was conducted, the information recorded on the plan may vary.

For example:

  • Some older plans may include roman numerals, notes and annotations, or the word 'road' when the road had not been named at the time of survey.
  • A survey plan may also include old street names.
  • Historical survey plans may include county prefixes and prefix abbreviations.
  • Depending on the age of a plan, dimensions may be recorded in a number of formats and you may need to convert from imperial to metric.

Contact us

If you have questions about survey plans, contact us.

However, we can only provide general advice about survey plans. If you require detailed advice, or if you have questions or concerns about your specific land parcel, contact a licensed surveyor.

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