Statutory process for closing and purchasing roads

This table outlines the statutory process for successful Crown road purchase applications along with estimated timeframes.

Applicants should be aware that the overall estimated timeframe is from the date of application commencement, not the date of application receipt. It does not take into account protracted disputes between parties or unforeseeable delays.

Steps Estimated timeframeDescription
Department commences application 1 week Initial investigation of the road purchase application
Detailed investigation 4 weeks Assessment including property ownership, access, Crown road status
Preparation of referencing documents and diagrams
Notification of proposal to sell Crown road 6 weeks This timeframe includes the 28 day submission period
Submission assessment * 6 weeks Consider submissions and contact affected parties for further information if required
Decision approval 4 weeks Approval by the delegate of the Minister administering the Crown Lands Management Act 2016 for the:
- sale of Crown road
- road purchase price
Agreement to purchase Crown road 4 weeks This timeframe allows the applicant to consider and respond to the agreement before returning signed contract for sale
Invoice for road purchase 4 weeks The applicant receives an invoice which must be paid within four (4) weeks
Drawing, approval and lodgement of plan 3 weeks This timeframe will extend where a survey plan is required or where easement documents require signatures of affected parties
Plan registration ** 3–4 weeks This timeframe may change and is dependent on NSW Land Registry Services processes
Transfer form signatures, Stamp Duty * 2–4 weeks This timeframe is dependent upon Revenue NSW and applicant response times
Issue of certificate/s of title * 4–6 weeks This timeframe may change and is dependent on NSW Land Registry Services processes
Statutory process complete **41–46 weeks (10 -11 months)

The department has centralised the Crown road purchase program and streamlined its systems to enable simultaneous processing of multiple applications.

* Processing times are an estimate and are affected by mediation of submissions

** Processing times are an estimate and are affected by response timeframes from external agencies and third parties