Licensing

Application Form 1 - Initial Licence 2020-21Application Form 2 - Expired License 2020-21Application Form 3 - Australian Surveyor 2020-21Application Form 4 - Non-New Zealand Qualifications 2020-21
For Licensed Surveyors 
License Expiry

All Cadastral Surveyor Licences expire on 30 June each year.

License Renewal

To renew your licence you must complete the application form 5 (must Sign In) on the CSLB website and pay the renewal fee before 30 June each year. All licensed surveyors are notified by email in advance of the deadline to complete their applications. Application forms are normally posted on the website between April and 30 June.

For the full requirements refer to 5 Renewal of a Licence under  General Gudelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Board Standards

Update my contact details

You can update your contact details by logging onto the CSLB website using the Sign In page. Details provided when registering on the website.

Re-application for a license that has lapsed

If your licence has lapsed, you need to complete Application Form 2. You are also required to provide a brief CV of your cadastral surveying experience during the last 3 years , the names and contact details of two referees of your cadastral surveying
experience (one of whom must hold a current cadastral licence) to attest to your recent cadastral surveying competence, and pay the required licence fee. 

For the full requirements refer to 2 Reapplication of a Licence under General Gudelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Board Standards

Application for a NZ Licence if licensed or registered in Australia

If you hold a current Australian Licence or Registration, you need to complete Application Form 3. You are required to request a Letter of Accreditation be sent directly from the Surveyors Board in Australia where you are currently licensed or registered, and to pay the required licence fee.

For the full requirements refer to 3 Applications from Australian licensed or registered surveyors under  General Gudelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Board Standards


Becoming a Licensed Surveyor in New Zealand 

The standard pathway for someone to become a licensed cadastral surveyor in New Zealand is to have gained a Bachelor of Surveying Degree from the University of Otago and to pass the professional examinations conducted by Survey and Spatial New Zealand and obtain a Certificate of Competency. The Board accepts this Certificate as meeting its standards for the issue of a cadastral licence.

You then need to complete Application Form 1 and pay the required licence fee.

For the full requirements refer to 1 Initial Licence under General Gudelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Board Standards


Becoming licensed without NZ or Australian qualifications 

Please refer to 4 Applications from candidates with qualifications not from New Zealand or Australia under
General Gudelines for the full requirements.

It is expected that qualifications must have a strong cadastral component to become a licensed cadastral surveyor in New Zealand.

The first step is to send the Board Secretary copies of your academic qualifications, including transcripts of the courses completed. This is assessed by the Bureau for Assessment of Overseas Qualifications (BAOQ) for a fee of $NZ350, which you
will be invoiced for before proceeding.

If your qualification is deemed to be of a standard at least equivalent to a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Surveying in Australia or New Zealand, you would be able to commence the normal process for a graduate in Australia or New Zealand to obtain a licence-
To apply for a licence you would need to pass the professional examinations conducted by Survey and Spatial New Zealand and obtain a Certificate of Competency. Refer to Tab Becoming a Licensed Surveyor in NZ.
In special cases the Board may examine a candidate directly. Contact the Board secretary.

If your qualification does not meet the standard, you would need to undertake further study to achieve the required standard. You may wish to contact the Board Secretary or the School of Surveying at Otago University to discuss your study options. (The Board would expect the minimum standard achieved would be a pass in Surv 457 – Cadastral Surveying 3 – to be confirmed with new Stds). 
              For the Standards to be met refer to Board Standards
Once all the requirements have been met you need to complete Application Form 4 and pay the required fee to apply for a
Licence.


Renewing a Licence 

See Tab For Licensed Surveyors

Cadastral Surveyor Licenses are renewed annually for the period 1 July to 30 June each year.

Application Form 5 is posted here between April and June for this purpose.


General Guidelines 

When completing an application please refer to the Guidelines for Obtaining a License

Information on application fees, payment details and how to submit your application for processing is included on each form.


Standards for Licensing 

Standards set by the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board of New Zealand, acting under authority granted by Section 11(1)(d) of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002, define the level of competence required by cadastral surveyors to obtain or renew a licence to conduct cadastral surveys.

Standards for Licensing Cadastral Surveyors


Un-Licensed Surveyors 

It is an offence under secs 57 and 58 of the Cadastral Survey Act 2002 for an unlicensed person to act as a licensed cadastral
surveyor. Any person who is not a licensed cadastral surveyors should not act in a way that could give cause to believe they are a licensed surveyor. 

Do you need to be a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor to work within the surveying industry in NZ?

No, there are many fields of surveying in New Zealand in addition to cadastral surveying.
Many surveyors, as well as most cadastral surveyors, belong to Survey and Spatial New Zealand – a national body representing the professional interests of its members. Membership of Survey and Spatial New Zealand is voluntary.