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

Public reserves and drainage reserves

Parcels of land may be dedicated as a public reserve by:

  • the registration of a deposited plan bearing an appropriate statement creating a lot(s) as public reserve, or
  • the publication of an appropriate notification in the Government Gazette vesting an existing parcel as public reserve.

A drainage reserve comprises operational land and may be dealt with in the same manner as other operational land standing in the name of the Council.

Public reserves may be dedicated by the registration of a DP or publication of an appropriate notification in the Government Gazette.


Drainage reserves Section 49(3) Local Government Act 1993 provides that on registration of a plan on which land is marked with the statement Drainage Reserve the land vests in Council in fee simple for drainage purposes.


For more information for Plans and Titling contact plan-info@nswlrs.com.au


Go to NSW Legislation website www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/