The survey certificate is provided as Form 1 of Schedule 6 Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017. The certificate must be completed by a registered land surveyor to certify that the land was surveyed or compiled in accordance with the Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017.
The survey certificate can be created using the Digital Form builder through NSW LRS Connect, or by completing Plan form 6. It should be completed as follows:
After “I,” insert the surveyor’s full name
After “of” insert either the surveyor’s address or the firm for which they work.
If the plan is for a full survey,
- strike through parts (b) and (c),
- insert the date the survey was completed within part (a)
If the plan is fora partial survey,
- strike through parts (a) and (c),
- indicate the land the subject of the survey by striking through “being” and stating the land not surveyed or striking though “excluding” and indicating the land surveyed,
- insert the date the survey was completed.
If the plan is compiled, strike through parts (a) and (b).
If the plan is a survey, insert the distinguishing characters which identify the terminals of the datum line on the plan.
Indicate whether the land is “Urban” or “Rural” by striking through the inapplicable word.
If the plan is a full survey strike through “Level-Undulating / Steep-Mountainous”.
If the plan is not a full survey, indicate whether the plan is “Level-Undulating” or “Steep-Mountainous” by striking through the inapplicable words.
Sign the certificate and insert the date it was signed
Insert the Surveyor ID as provided by BOSSI
Surveys not requiring strict accuracy
If the survey is made in accordance with clause 9 Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017 the Survey Certificate on Plan form 6 should be struck through and a certificate as provided by Form 2 of Schedule 6 Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017 should be endorsed on another page of the administration sheets. The certificate should be completed, signed and dated.
Certificate of Currency
Clause 31 Conveyancing(General) Regulation 2018 provides that a plan of survey cannot be lodged more than 2 years after the date of completion of the survey as shown in the survey certificate, unless the plan is accompanied by a Certificate of Currency. A Certificate of Currency can be created through the Digital Form builder on the NSW LRS Connect portal, or by completing Plan Form 6 CC. This form should be printed, completed by the registered surveyor and added as a sheet of the administration sheets.
There may be circumstances where a surveyor cannot attest to item (b) in the Certificate of Currency. In this case, the Registrar General will allow an exemption to this requirement only if the Surveyor General has first approved the exemption and the approval is lodged with the plan. Applications to the Survey General, together with evidence to support why the requirement cannot be satisfied, should be made at http://spatialservices.finance.nsw.gov.au/surveying/surveying_services/forms_and_applications/regulation_exemption.
Time Limits – staged introduction
The legislation provides for a staged introduction to allow lodging parties to transition to the new requirements as follows:
- For plans lodged on or after 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2019, the requirement will apply where the survey was completed more than 5 years prior to lodgment.
- For plans lodged on or after 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2020, the requirement will apply where the survey was completed more than 3 years prior to lodgment.
- For plans lodged on or after 1 September 2020, the requirement will apply where the survey was completed more than 2 years prior to lodgment.
The Certificate of Currency will apply to all deposited plans of survey, excluding Survey Information Only Plans, Strata Plans and Compiled Plans.