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26 February 2020

AUTHOR:Kevin Birch

Those involved in the process of Land Surveying, Land subdivision and particularly the Resource Management Act use a number of terms, phrases and acronyms which are peculiar to those processes. This article explains the use of some common terms.

Some common expressions used in Surveying and Land subdivision:

Land Transfer Surveys
Legal surveys undertaken which create or amend titles.

Title Plan
A plan created by a Licensed Surveyor showing the areas and dimensions of all new lots, and any Easements or Covenants intended to be created on the new titles.

Survey Plan 
A plan created by a Licensed Surveyor showing details of how the survey has been carried out, and the location of all new survey marks.

Some common expressions from the Resource Management Act (RMA):

Section 92 Request
A request from a Council for more information before an application can be processed.

Section 223 Certificate 
A certificate confirming that the subdivision has been carried on in terms of a consent granted. Usually issued electronically

Section 224 Certificate 
A certificate issued by Council confirming that all conditions of consent have now been satisfied. Also issued electronically

A process whereby Council advertises that an application for Subdivision or Landuse consent has been received, and allows affected parties to be involved in the process.

Subdivision Application 
An application to a Council requesting approval for the legal boundaries of an existing title be amended, which may include a request for the creation of additional titles.

Land Use Application
An application to Council (either Local or Regional) requesting approval to use land in a manner which is not permitted without a consent being granted.

Resource Consent
Any consent under the Resource Management Act including Subdivision consents and Land use consents.