On 11 October 2021, the Real Property Amendment (Certificates of Title) Act 2021 commenced, which abolished the Certificates of Title (CTs) and the control of the right to deal (CoRD) framework. All existing CTs have been cancelled and CTs will no longer be issued. Existing CTs will not need to be produced, and CoRD holder consent will not be required, for a dealing or plan to be registered. All existing Guidelines subject to this change are currently being reviewed and will be updated to reflect these changes. For further information regarding the abolition of CTs, please see https://www.registrargeneral.nsw.gov.au/property-and-conveyancing/eConveyancing/abolition-of-certificates-of-title

Primary Application

There are two forms of Primary Application:

Section 14 Primary Application (s.14 Real Property Act 1919) - lodged by the registered proprietor of an Old System parcel, and supported by a chain of deeds dating back at least 30 years. The boundaries of the parcel claimed in the application must be defined in a new or recent plan of survey.

Section 31A Primary Application (s.31A Real Property Act 1919) - lodged by a government authority or a local council following acquisition or resumption by notice in the Government Gazette. The boundaries of the parcel may be surveyed or compiled in either a new plan or a plan already on public record.


A Primary Application enables conversion of title to the provisions of the Real Property Act 1900 and is used for:

Old System/Qualified and/or Limited land

Applicants may claim an entitlement to an estate in fee simple in land based on documentary or possessory title.


Applicants may claim an entitlement to an easement based on documentary title. Claims can only be made when:

  • the land forming part or whole of the dominant tenement is the subject of the application and the easement is additional to the claim, or
  • the land forming part or whole of the dominant tenement is currently under full Torrens title and is held by the applicant, who wishes to have the right entered as a notification on the existing title.

Note  It is also possible to convert an easement to Torrens title by lodging a Statement of Title Particulars for the dominant tenement parcel. A Conversion Action will be prepared in NSW LRS and a new Qualified/Limited Certificate of Title created (on creation this title will not contain a notification regarding the easement). A Request (Form 11R) may then be lodged requesting that the easement be noted as appurtenant to the land in the qualified title. The Request should be accompanied by an Old System search proving that the grantors in the creating deed had good title to create the easement and that it was not subsequently extinguished by union of tenements.

Plan requirements

All Primary Applications under s.14 Real Property Act 1900 should be accompanied by a new plan of survey, unless exempt for the reasons set out below. The plan should be lodged with the application and will be registered as a deposited plan. In addition to the fee for the primary application, plan lodgment fees will apply. Where the plan includes Torrens title land the certificate(s) of title must be lodged or produced. The normal requirements for subdivision consent, signatures and section 88B instruments apply to plans lodged with primary applications.

Exemptions from new plans of survey

Subject to the written approval of the Manager, Old System Plans Section, a new plan of survey is not required where the parcel is a lot in a registered deposited plan which:

  • is a plan of survey made within 12 years of the date of lodgment
  • is a plan of survey more than 12 years old and evidence is furnished that the land and adjoining lands are vacant and unfenced
  • is a plan of survey more than 12 years old, the land is fenced and the consents of all adjoining owners to the plan and the position of the occupations/fencing shown thereon are furnished
  • is compiled and based on a prior registered deposited plan of survey made within 12 years from the date of lodgment
  • is surrounded by registered deposited plans of survey made within 12 years of the date of lodgment. There must be no conflict between the surveys represented in these plans.

Lodgment of a Primary Application

The Primary Application prepared using Form 00PA (PDF 1 MB) and the deposited plan should be lodged at the NSW LRS plan Lodgment Counter, Level 30, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney and the prescribed fees paid.

Other information to be lodged includes:

  • all deeds and other documents evidencing the devolution of title from the selected commencing point and
  • searches of the General Register of Deeds (including Causes, Writs and Orders) and
  • any other evidence establishing ownership of the parcel

Additional information relating to the completion of a Primary Application and the collection and listing of the chain of deeds may be found in the fact sheet on Preparing and lodging a Primary Application or caveat against a PA  (PDF 164.1 KB).