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

Structural boundaries

All structural boundaries which are defined by a structure must be shown by a thick line. The thick line must relate to the face or edge of a permanent structure.

What is acceptable as a structural boundary? 

  • The face of a wall of a building.
  • The face of a free standing wall.
  • The edge of a concrete slab.
  • The edge of a roof.
  • The edge of a balcony, terrace or patio etc.
  • Chain link mesh which is fixed between concrete columns or walls and ceilings and floors.
  • Edge or face of kerbing.

In some case it may be beneficial to add a note to the thick line depicting a boundary so there is no confusion regarding what it represents. Some examples are as follows:

  • Edge of carport roof.
  • Western edge of concrete kerb.
  • Southern face of wall.
  • South-western corner of column.

What is unacceptable as a structural boundary?

  • Fences.
  • Edge of pavers which are not permanently fixed.
  • Natural boundaries.
  • Fixtures or appliances (air conditioners, hot water services, and gas or water meters).