LAND & ENGINEERING SURVEYORS
The adjustment of land boundaries, between two or more properties. The intended purpose of a boundary realignment , is for the alteration of boundaries to remedy existing encroachment problems and or land management problems. The changes are usually minor, and areas and dimensions do not alter significantly.
It is not intended that the boundary realignment be used to make significant layout changes. If you require significant changes to the lot boundaries, the application will be assessed as a subdivision.
Yes, we will prepare a development application for Boundary Realignment, prior to final survey of the new boundaries. The development application will include a proposal plan, appropriate Development Application Forms, and a Statement addressing compliance with the relevant council planning scheme.
Step 1: Survey ( if necessary)
A survey may be deemed necessary to quantify the changes that need to be made.
Step 2: The Proposal Plan is drawn up
This will require full dimensions and areas of all lots, and all other mandatory information required to support the application.
Step 3: Development Application Lodgement
Supporting information, including, searches, investigations. IDAS application forms and a development statement addressing the planning scheme is compiled and lodged with council for consideration.
The time frame can vary from a few weeks to a few months, depending on how busy council are or the complexity of the application. View an IDAS flow chart, to give you an idea of these time frames.
Step 4: Development Approval
Council will issue a development approval notice, that includes items that must be completed prior to plan sealing. Items may include alteration of any services that are effected by the realignment, and/or outstanding rates to be paid in full.
Step 5: Survey of New Boundary Line
The new boundary line must be fully surveyed and a survey plan produced that shows the new lots dimensions & areas etc. This is not the same as the proposal plan, it is a formal survey plan, suitable for registration with the Department of Natural Resources & Mines. The survey of the boundary line, will include the reinstatement of the existing boundaries that intersect with the new boundary lines, in order to mark the new boundaries.
Step 6: Plan Sealing
Once all the items on the development approval are complete, the survey plan must be sealed by council. This is done through a plan sealing application (compliance assessment).
Step 7: Lodgement
It is then best to involve each parties solicitors to ensure that the plans are signed, executed and lodged correctly at the titles office. Remember the survey plan is a legal document, so attempting to do this without a solicitor could be at the least frustrating and at the worst, you could end up owning the wrong block of land. There may also be mortgagee consents/banks to deal with through this process, if either party has a mortgage against a property.
NOTE: This information is not intended to be a finite list of every possible, scenario, but a basic overview.
Fees & Costs
For a 2 lot residential boundary realignment in a recent subdivision area, you would be looking at a minimum cost of around $4000-$5000. The break up shown below:
Proposal plan & development application ..................................$1200
Gympie Regional Council Application Fee .................................$691
Survey & prepare Survey plan & plan sealing application ...... $1500
Council Plan Sealing application fee ......................................... $395
Legal Fees & Lodgement fees) ....................................................obtain a fee estimate from your solicitor
NOTE: This is an estimate based on a basic and small realignment, fees will vary greatly depending on many factors.