An easement is an ongoing registered right to use a portion of land for a particular purpose. An easement is not ownership or an exclusive right to the land. Easement rights are tied to the land, not the property owner. Easement rights are transferred with the land.
Crown land easements are different to statutory easements created under legislation which only apply to certain bodies such as SA Water and SA Power Networks.

Types of easements include:

  • right of way
  • utilities
  • power
  • water
  • drainage

Applying for an easement

To apply for an easement on Crown land you will need to complete an application to issue an easement form.

Before lodging an application you should consider if any other tenure options are available, such as purchasing the land. Where another option is available, an easement may not be granted.

If the application is approved, it is your responsibility to provide an appropriate survey plan showing the location of the easement to the department for review prior to lodging the plan with the Land Services SA.

It is important that you do not lodge your survey plan until approval to grant the easement is given. No works are to commence until the plan is lodged.

An easement is subject to an application fee, documentation preparation fees and regulated fees, including value of easement rights.

Contact us to find out more about fees.