General standards

Statutory requirements for deposited plan preparation are contained in:

  • Conveyancing Act 1919 and Conveyancing (General) Regulation 2013
  • Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 and Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2012
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Pipelines Act 1967 and Pipelines Regulation 2013
  • Community Land Development Regulation 2007
  • Lodgment Rules

In order for plans to be satisfactorily scanned into the NSW LRS, Plan Imaging System, it is essential that they meet the following drawing standards. The standards apply to plans prepared by any method, including those prepared electronically via eplan.

  • Deposited plans must be drafted in a manner and scale allowing for clear reproduction by copying processes used in NSW LRS
  • Large variations in line and character thickness must be avoided
  • Deposited plans consisting of more than 4 sheets require prior approval from the Plan and Title Advisor, NSW LRS who can be contacted on T: 9228 6817 or E:
  • All plans should be lodged electronically via ePlan or prepared on archival quality paper for lodgment by hand in NSW LRS
  • The north point should be directed upward. The orientation of the survey should be noted on the north point
  • Colour must not be used on a plan
  • Easement sites should be designated by using alpha characters (or in complex developments, alpha / numeric) characters. Where the easement site covers more than one sheet of the deposited plan, the designations must be consistent
  • Where reference or permanent marks are tabulated on more than one sheet of the deposited plan, designations must be consistent
  • All adjoining information should be shown and be current as at the date of lodgment of the plan.
  • The present name of every road shown in the plan and if surveyed the width of the road and road alignment details if applicable.

Extraneous information must not be shown on a plan. This includes statements referring to 'Limited Liability', 'Intellectual property' and/or 'Copyright'.

Mathematical closure of parcels

Full dimensions (both bearings and distances) must be shown for all boundaries of every lot in the plan – Clause 64(1)(f-g) Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2012. The surveyor must check the accuracy of these dimensions by ensuring each parcel mathematically closes such that the length of the misclose vector does not exceed 15 mm + 100 parts per million of the total perimeter.

In any compiled or partly compiled parcel of land some or all of the boundaries will be derived from the original plan(s). The surveyor of the new compiled plan or residue lot must check the accuracy of these dimensions by calculating the closure of the parcel such that the length of the misclose vector does not exceed the relevant amount set out in the following table having regard to the age of the original plan(s) and the nature of the terrain:

Age of survey

Length of misclose

(level or undulating)

Length of misclose

(steep or mountainous)

1788 up to 1862 1000 ppm 2000 ppm
1862 up to 1975 500 ppm 1320 ppm
1975 up to 2001 500 ppm 1000 ppm
2001 up to present 60 mm + 400 ppm 60 mm + 400 ppm

Compiled plans that do not meet the above requirements do not comply with the Compiled Plan Guidelines. A new plan of survey redefining the boundaries of the parcel will be required.

If the misclose vector in a compiled residue or partially surveyed lot exceeds the standards set out in the above table the surveyor must either survey additional boundaries or explain the discrepancy in a comprehensive report.