Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to your most common enquiries about Survey and Strata/Survey-Strata Plans.
A physical action by a Licensed Surveyor involving measurement and the placement of marks (pegs), to re-establish existing land boundary lines or create new land boundary lines based on the analysis of existing survey plans and the location of existing survey marks and/or improvements such as fences or buildings.
A plan prepared by a Licensed Surveyor showing the results of a survey, with distances (horizontal), angles, areas and of appropriate, improvements. The plan may be prepared for subdivision (deposited/survey-strata plan) or for showing the location of existing boundaries (re-establishment plan). Types of Survey Plans include:
- Deposited Plan
The mechanism for creating strata schemes and strata titles under the Strata Titles Act 1985 as Amended. Strata plans define the lots in a strata scheme (areas owned individually) and common property (areas owned jointly by all lot owners in the strata scheme). Strata lots must be limited in height and depth (the stratum of the lot). Strata plans show a building on at least one lot of the strata plan and stratum of the lots is always linked to buildings shown on the plan.
The mechanism for creating survey-strata schemes and survey-strata titles under the Strata Titles Act 1985 as Amended. Survey-strata plans define the lots in a survey-strata scheme, which are the areas in the scheme owned individually. Common property areas owned jointly by all lot owners may, or may not exist in survey-strata schemes and are defined as “common property lots”. Survey-strata lots may be limited in height and depth but generally are not. No buildings are shown on survey-strata plans.
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Landgate maintains the official register of land ownership and survey information for the Western Australian State Government. This means that it is a public register and all land information contained in it is available to everyone.
If you order a copy of a Survey Plan or Strata/Survey-Strata Plan online you can search using the street address of the property.
If you don’t know the full address, you can start by entering just the street name. Alternatively, if you know the Survey Plan or Strata/Survey-Strata Plan number, you can search by entering the plan type and number.
An Easement gives a person or a company "rights of use or engagement" over land owned by another.
A Right of Way is a strip of land available either for use by the general public, or a restricted section of the community, and may be created by subdivision, specific transfer, or continued use over a period of years.
Common property is property which is jointly owned by all of the owners in the strata/survey-strata scheme and is not contained within any individual lot. Many strata owners believe that there is no common property in their scheme, and that they own the whole of "their strata unit" (i.e. the building in which they live) and the surrounding garden and carport area. However, in many cases this is not correct. Due to changes to the Strata Titles Act 1985, and different ways in which Strata Plans have been prepared, a number of individual ownership/ common property scenarios exist. In general terms, common property on Strata Plans is any land not comprised within a lot shown in the plan, and land leased to increase the area of common property. Common property in a Survey-Strata Plan is allocated a lot number which is prefixed by the letters “CP”. Click here for more information.
To understand what you own, it is essential that you obtain and examine a current copy of your Strata Plan and seek advice on its interpretation. Basically, whatever is indicated on the plan as a lot/pt lot is owned by proprietors. For instance, if you are the owner of Lot 1, whatever is shown as the plan as being part of Lot 1, is owned by you. Click here for more information.
The Strata Titles Act 1985 as Amended defines unit entitlement as establishing the following: a) The voting rights of a proprietor b) The undivided share of each proprietor in the common property c) The proportion payable by each proprietor of contributions levied under section 36 of the Strata Titles Act 1985 as Amended. Strata/Survey-Strata Plans show the relative proportion of each owner's share in the scheme. This is called unit entitlement and is set by a Licensed Valuer. In a strata scheme, the unit entitlement of strata lots is calculated to take into account the capital value of buildings on strata lots as well as the land (whether it is common property or individually owned). The unit entitlement of survey-strata lots is calculated on the unimproved site value of the lots and ignores the value of any buildings on the lots.
Survey Plans do not provide building outlines or dimensions, contact your Local Government Authority for more information. Survey Plans do provide lot dimensions (including areas and angles) for all lots within a subdivision. The lot dimensions may be used to help determine the area available for various building projects.
Survey Plans have evolved over time and there are variations in the plans. The more recent plans provide more detail.
Strata/Survey-Strata Plans have evolved over time and there are variations in the plans. The more recent plans are more detailed.