Licensing

Application Form 1 – Graduate Survey - Initial Licence 2021-22 Application Form 2 – Australian Qualified Cadastral Surveyor - Initial Licence 2021-22Application Form 3 – Overseas Qualified Cadastral Surveyor – Initial Licence 2021-22 Application Form 4 – Renewal of Existing Licence 2021-22 Application Form 5 – Previously Licenced Cadastral Surveyor Reapplying for a Licence 2021-22
For Currently Licensed Cadastral Surveyors wanting to Renew their Existing Licence
Licen Expiry

All Cadastral Surveyor Licences expire on 30 June each year.

Licen Renewal

To renew your existing licence, you need to complete Application Form 4 . You must Sign In on the CSLB website, certify that you have either completed a minimum of 3 qualifying cadastral survey datasets or that over the last 2 years you have either practised cadastral surveying in New Zealand or another jurisdiction with similar competencies or that you have maintained your knowledge, understanding and ability in cadastral surveying in New Zealand by various means, 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. The application form is posted on the website.

For the full requirements refer to 4 Applications to Renew an Existing Licence under the Guidelines

For the Standards to be met refer to 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.


For Previously Licensed Cadastral Surveyors whose Licence has Expired 

If your licence has expired and you want to reapply for a new licence, you need to complete Application Form 5. You are required to provide a comprehensive summary of your cadastral surveying experience, details of any ongoing education or training you have undertaken during the last 3 years, the names and contact details of two referees familiar with your cadastral surveying experience to attest to your recent cadastral surveying competence, and pay the required licence fee.

For the full requirements refer to 5 Applications from Previously Licensed Cadastral Surveyors under the Guidelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Standards


For Australian Licensed or Registered Cadastral Surveyors seeking an Initial Licence
If you are a current licensed or registered cadastral surveyor in an Australian State (including cadastral endorsement), you may give notice seeking an initial licence under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1987 and the reciprocal agreement between the New Zealand and Australian Boards. You need to complete Application Form 2. 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, which must include confirmation of whether you have ever been the subject of disciplinary action for professional misconduct or are the subject of any current disciplinary complaint or investigation, and to pay the required licence fee.

For the full requirements refer 2 Applications from Australian Licensed or Registered Cadastral Surveyors under the Guidelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Standards


For Graduate Cadastral Surveyors seeking an Initial Licence
The standard pathway for someone to become a licensed cadastral surveyor in New Zealand is to have firstly gained a Bachelor of Surveying Degree from the University of Otago that has included the advanced cadastral surveying paper (currently SURV 457), followed by the completion of a minimum of 2 years practical training under the supervision of a licensed cadastral surveyor in New Zealand, including at least 1 year of practical training in cadastral surveys involving the subdivision of land and boundary definition, and finally, have passed the professional examinations including the cadastral licence options (cadastral surveying, spatial measurement, geodetic surveying, land development engineering, and planning, design, and resource management) which are currently conducted by Surveying and Spatial New Zealand. A pass in the professional examinations results in the issue of a Certificate of Competency which the Board accepts as meeting its standards for the issue of a licence.

As an alternative to the Bachelor of Surveying Degree from the University of Otago, the Board recognises other 4 year tertiary educational qualifications in surveying from overseas that the Bureau for the Assessment of Overseas Qualifications (BAOQ) has assessed as being the equivalent of an approved surveying degree from New Zealand or Australia. These are considered individually, on application, by the BAOQ. This will be undertaken at your cost (currently NZ$450, including GST). It should be noted that many overseas tertiary qualifications have surveying as a component but do not meet the Board’s requirements. If your qualification does not meet the standard of equivalence, you would need to undertake further study after which you could then proceed with the 2 year practical training requirement and a pass in the professional examinations, including the cadastral licence options.

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

For the full requirements refer to 1 Applications from Graduate Surveyors under the Guidelines

For the Standards to be met refer to Standards


For Overseas Qualified Cadastral Surveyors (other than Australia) seeking an Initial Licence
If you are a cadastral surveyor with qualifications which are not from New Zealand or Australia and you wish to obtain an initial licence in New Zealand you need to satisfy the Board that you meet the competencies and requirements for licensing surveyors described in the Board’s Standards. One of the requirements is that you hold a relevant tertiary educational qualification in surveying that is at least the equivalent of a 4 year surveying degree from New Zealand or Australia that is acceptable to the Board. Many overseas tertiary qualifications have surveying as a component but do not meet the Board’s requirements as they are deficient in cadastral surveying.- The first step is to provide the Board with a comprehensive curriculum vitae of your cadastral surveying career and request that the Board assess your tertiary educational qualification. You must provide the Board with certified copies of your degree certificate(s) and detailed information on the degree course(s) translated into English where applicable. The Board will probably require your academic qualifications to be assessed by the Bureau for the Assessment of Overseas Qualifications (BAOQ). This will be undertaken at your cost (currently NZ$450, including GST). If your tertiary educational qualification is not acceptable to the Board you will need to complete additional tertiary studies to achieve the required equivalence of an acceptable 4 year surveying degree from New Zealand or Australia. You may need to negotiate any credits directly with the tertiary educational institution concerned. If your academic qualification is acceptable to the Board, you will be informed of what further work (if any) you need to undertake before an initial licence can be issued.

For the full requirements refer 3 Applications from Overseas Qualified Cadastral Surveyors under the Guidelines

Once all the requirements have been met you then need to complete Application Form 3 and pay the required licence fee.

For the Standards to be met refer to Standards


Renewing a Licence 

See Tab For Licensed Surveyors

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

The Licence Renewal Form is available after signing in to the Portal here, between May and June for this purpose.


General Guidelines 

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

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 New Zealand?

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 Surveying and Spatial New Zealand Some cadastral surveyors belong to the Institute of Cadastral Surveying Incorporated, both of which are national bodies representing the professional interests of its members. Membership of Survey and Spatial New Zealand and the Institute of Cadastral Surveying Incorporated is voluntary.