Easements and restrictions on land

An easement allows someone other than the owner to access and use a section of the owner’s land. It can also restrict how the owner can use that section.

Common easements include:

  • the right to walk across land
  • for the supply of utilities like water, electricity, gas
  • access roads
  • the right to park a vehicle
  • party walls.

Contact Dial before you dig before you start digging works on your property to safeguard against damage to any underground services and pipes.

Certificates of title

Registered easements and rights of way - on a certificate of title - will remain as the land is bought and sold.  These can only be removed when both easement holders and the owners agree. Some easements might not be listed on the certificate of title . For example, electricity, water, telecommunications.

Complete a register search on SAILIS to get a copy of your title. A fee applies.

Property use

There could be restrictions on how you use the property and the land the easement covers. This can include not building on the easement. When development applications are lodged, any registered easements might be considered.

Find out more about registering, changing or removing an easement on Land Services SA website.

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