Often an easement will need to be created and registered on a section of land on a property title, giving someone the right to use the land for a specific purpose even though they are not the land owner, such as shared driveways, power lines or drainage.

Easement surveys for residential, commercial or industrial sites.

What is an easement?

An easement, sometimes known as a right of way (ROW), is a section of land registered on a property title, which gives an entity the right to use the land for a specific purpose even though they are not the land owner, such as for access through the property or utilities (power, gas, water or drainage).

Other common easements include: 

  • pathways and walkways
  • access roads (free and unrestricted rights of way / rights of ways)
  • the right to park a vehicle
  • party walls

A creation of easement survey can allow for services in-ground or above, and may include access to those services. The easement survey plan is always prepared showing the relationship to the property boundaries, so relevant parties can clearly see and understand your site boundaries, subdivision boundaries, and easements using this survey plan.

Once the easement survey plan is prepared it can be included in your application to be registered with the relevant land services office as an encumbrance, right, restriction, covenant or dealing affecting the property title. Easements may affect the way property owners can use their land. Realserve surveyors can assist with plans to accompany applications for the creation or removal of easements.  


Why would you need to create an easement survey?

  • A creation of easement survey is required to provide and show equal access throughout a subdivision. An easement survey also shows what site features subdivision tenants share, such as a shared wall that cannot be knocked down without the approval of both tenants.

  • If a subdivision requires a new pad-mounted transformer, a creation of easement survey will outline rights and access, which need to be provided as per Australian authorities’ codes and regulations. 

  • Neighbours may have a long standing agreement regarding access through a property, however a creation of easement survey will outline the extents of the ROW making the agreement legally valid and allowing the specified person or entity to freely use the accessway without concern that it may be considered trespass. 

Our surveyors are located throughout Australia and can assist you with understanding the relevant codes and regulations for your creation of easement.  It is important to have a qualified surveyor with an understanding of the requirements define an easement that is to be created, or removed, in order to assure that plans are precise


Our typical process

We utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data then produce our topographical survey plans. Using the latest CAD software programs the data is analysed and processed accurately to produce our topographical survey drawings. The equipment we use is state of the art, ranging from traditional total stations to 3D laser scanning or RPA (drone). We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.

Once our plans are drafted they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that what we have captured is delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible.

In summary;

  • Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.

  • Agree on a scope of work.

  • A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary data collection equipment.

  • All data is then processed via our team located in one of our offices around the Country.

  • All plans or drawings are then independently reviewed via our QA process.

  • All deliverables are then created for viewing in PDF, AutoCAD or Revit.

  • We also have the ability to create a 3D scan or virtual tour of your property to create a fully interactive view of a site.

Easement survey samples

See some of our case studies