Registration as a Surveyor - Australian Capital Territory


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

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:

  • hold a four year surveying university degree
  • have two years practical experience
  • provide any information requested by the Agency.

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.


12 months


1 July annually


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Surveyor (Fees) Determination 2022 (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Surveyors Act 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate