Land purchases

Generally, Crown land is not sold, but from time to time parcels of Crown land may become available to buy when it is no longer benefitting users or serving a public purpose. The department assesses all purchase enquiries rigorously to ensure the sale is appropriate and complies with legislation.

The department receives many requests to buy Crown land each month, but only a small number progress to sale each year.

In the first instance, we encourage you to consider alternatives to purchase such as:

How we assess enquiries

When we assess the eligibility of land for disposal or sale, the department will balance the social, economic and environmental considerations of the site. Typically, successful applications:

  • lead to significant economic development and job creation for NSW
  • service the needs of key stakeholders such as local government authorities, other government agencies and non-profit organisations that are providing core services for the NSW community
  • consolidate property or resolve property ownership issues where the sale of Crown land is considered in the public interest
  • do not reduce the public’s enjoyment of Crown land
  • are sold through either competitive process or by independent valuation advice to get the best value as compensation for the loss to the Crown estate.

When we assess enquiries, the department is guided by the Sale of Crown land policy and the Sale of Crown land guidelines.

How to make an enquiry

To enquire about buying Crown land, please download and complete an Enquiry to Purchase Crown Land Form or contact us.

The sale of Crown land

We notify the community if we intend to sell Crown land. This is an important part of our commitment to transparency in decision-making and is a core part of our Community Engagement Strategy.

The notifications and decisions section of this website outlines any intended sales of Crown land.

The sale of a Crown road

The department recognises that many Crown roads within the public road network are not needed to maintain public access. In these cases, we may sell or close Crown roads without compromising the broader public interest.

Find out more about Crown road sales and closures.