Registration as a Surveyor - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this registration if you intend to practise as a surveyor. A surveyor examines and records features of an area for the purpose of creating a map or plan.

A registered surveyor is authorised to submit plans for registration for the purpose of defining, re-defining or marking the boundaries of land in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Registered surveyors may also provide certificates showing the location of buildings in relation to property boundaries and create contour and detail maps and data.

Please be aware that the ACT does not hold independent registration examinations. If you have not been registered in the ACT before, you will be required to sit an examination in another jurisdiction and apply for mutual recognition of your qualification and experience.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must have:

  • A four year surveying degree;
  • Two years practical experience;
  • Provided any information requested by the Agency; and
  • Paid the prescribed fees.

If you have previously been registered, and the Agency is satisfied you are up-to-date with current practices, you may also be eligible for registration.

If you are registered in another State / Territory or New Zealand, you may apply for registration in the Australian Capital Territory under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please be aware that, if your registration is successful, you will be required to undertake continuing professional development.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


12 months.


Registration expires on 1 July each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

$578; Joint ACT / NSW Registration: $645.

General Miscellaneous All

Further fees may apply. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Renew Renewal All

$483; Late fee: additional $48

Act(s) name

Surveyors Act 2007 ACT

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Planning and Land Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Licensing Unit

ACT Architects Board

Planning and Land Authority

Planning and Land Authority

Environment and Planning Directorate

Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address: Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 1923
Fax: 02 6207 1925