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

Plan requirements

Although the plan is lodged on behalf of the Minister for Energy, a pipeline plan is not a Crown plan. Provided the relevant statutory requirements are met, the plan may:

  • subdivide land
  • dedicate new road(s)
  • dedicate a temporary road
  • create drainage reserves
  • create public reserves
  • create easements and restrictions by section 88B instrument
  • extinguish easements and restrictions (s.21A Pipeline Act 1967)

The statutory requirements for a deposited plan apply, however, where any provision of the Pipeline Regulation 2013 are inconsistent with any of the Conveyancing (General) Regulation 2018 or Real Property Regulation 2008, the Pipeline Regulation 2013 prevails.

A pipeline plan may comprise an unlimited number of plan sheets. Plan form 2 (PDF 37 KB) should be used.

The information panel of each plan sheet must show:

  • a general description of the pipeline i.e. 'Proposed easement...'
  • the county, parish and local government area applicable to that plan sheet
  • the reduction ratio to which the sheet is drawn

Each plan sheet defining the site of an easement must show a schedule of all titles to which that sheet relates (except tenures under the Mining Act 1992). The statement panel on the administration sheet:

  • must specify the easements intended to be acquired for the use of the pipeline
  • must not incorporate the text of the easements or specify parcels intended to be burdened or benefited.
  • must have a statement in the form of:


Subdivision in a pipeline plan

As for other plans of subdivision, where a pipeline plan intends to acquire part of a parcel the residue of the title must be shown as a separate lot in the plan.

Sheets of the plan showing subdivision must show in that part of the information panel reserved for land:

  • a description of the land including title references
  • the affected local government area
  • the nature of any apparatus or works to be undertaken on the land.

The following parcels of land must be distinguished with a heavier outline:

  • lots of a proposed subdivision (including new roads)
  • parcels of land and sites of easements that are vested or to be vested in the applicant and proposed to be used for the purpose of the pipeline.

Statements dedicating road, temporary road, public reserves, drainage reserves or creating easements and restrictions by section 88B instrument are endorsed in the panel on the administration sheet in the usual manner.

Accompanying instruments

Each sheet of the instrument accompanying the plan should be prepared in accordance with Form 2 (PDF 18.7 KB) Pipelines Regulation 2013.

Note  For Statutory Terms for Easement for Pipeline see Form 3 (PDF 9.2 KB) and for Right of Access see Form 4 (PDF 8.6 KB) Pipelines Regulation 2013.

Signatures on pipeline plans

The administration sheet must be signed by all parties in accordance with section 195(D) Conveyancing Act 1919 and where the plan subdivides a parcel of land, must bear a subdivision certificate signed by the appropriate consent authority.

Each plan sheet must be signed by the surveyor.