NZ’s new cadastral survey rules one step closer

By on 29 June, 2021

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New Zealand’s new Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 system is moving smoothly towards implementation later this year, following the conclusion of the draft consultation phase.

Consultations closed on April 24, 2020. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) received 36 submissions, including from the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board, Survey and Spatial NZ Cadastral Stream, Hawkes Bay branch, Institute of Cadastral Surveying and licensed surveyors.

LINZ held a series of webinars in May to help inform the surveying profession as it transitions from the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 (RCS 2010) to the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 (CSR 2021).

LINZ plans to hold a second series of webinars before CSR 2021 goes live on August 30, 2021. Those seminars will outline the main changes that will need to be taken into account when preparing a Cadastral Survey Dataset (CSD) and when using Landonline, New Zealand’s online transaction centre for property professionals and local councils.

According to LINZ, “There will be a transitional arrangement for surveys commenced under the Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010 (RCS 2010) to avoid rework for surveyors. Surveys commenced prior to 30 August 2021 may continue to be completed in accordance with the RCS 2010 until 25 February 2022. After that date CSDs can only be certified in terms of the CSR 2021.

“During the transition period, CSDs may be certified and lodged in terms of either the RCS 2010 or CSR 2021.

“Where a CSD is certified in terms of RCS 2010 and is requisitioned it may continue to be certified under RCS 2010, provided certification and rework is completed before the end of the transition period.

“At the end of the transition period CSDs lodged and certified under RCS 2010, but not yet validated, would continue to be processed under the RCS 2010. In the small number of cases where a capture requisition is required, surveyors will need to convert the survey to be in accordance with the CSR 2021. For this reason, it is recommended that surveyors lodge CSDs in terms of RCS 2010 by 29 January 2022.”

LINZ is putting together new guidance to help surveyors who are undertaking cadastral surveys and preparing CSDs. These guidelines will “integrate new guidance on the CSR 2021 with existing material from various sources to create a one-stop-shop of information”.

The older Surveyor-General’s guidelines on RCS 2010 will remain available online until the end of the transition period.

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