Queensland Urban Utilities acquires easements over land to ensure we can protect access, operate and maintain water and wastewater infrastructure located in private land.

We require easements to:

  • safeguard our infrastructure (and nearby private and public assets) from damage
  • guarantee access to our infrastructure for operation and maintenance purposes
  • alert private land holders that our infrastructure is located within their property, and that restrictions on the use of land may exist
  • facilitate construction while limiting the use of land within an easement to ensure the continued use of our infrastructure.

During the construction of development it is the applicant's responsibility to prepare an easement in favour of Queensland Urban Utilities.

An easement requires the landowner to maintain unfettered and unrestricted access for Queensland Urban Utilities. Easements are legally enforceable by South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009, LandAct and the Land Title Act.

For more information

Email development.easements@urbanutilities.com.au

If your easement query does not relate to a development, please direct it to property@urbanutilities.com.au

Preparing an easement

1. Email the following documents to development.easements@urbanutilities.com.au:

  • Easement Preparation Request Form
  • Current title search of the property. If the easement is to be granted on Common Property, a copy of the Community Management Statement must also be provided.
  • A copy of the proposed easement on a survey plan (Form 21) signed by the surveyor. The easement design must be in accordance with Queensland Urban Utilities' guidelines and standards, including the SEQ Code.
  • As-constructed drawings certified by RPEQ Engineer or design plans for water or sewer infrastructure (in PDF format).
  • Architectural drawings or design plans as per approved Development Assessment plans. 
All required information must be received for the application to be deemed ‘properly made’. The surveyor is responsible for ensuring the correct easement information is provided.

2. A ‘properly made’ easement preparation application will be processed within ten business days unless technical and or legal negotiation is required. We will review the proposed easement arrangements to confirm it meets Queensland Urban Utilities’ requirements, before finalising the easement documents (Form 9) for legal execution.

3. Once you have received a Form 9 signed by Queensland Urban Utilities, your solicitor can stamp for stamp duty purposes. The Form 9 can then be lodged with the Titles Registry Office.

4. You will receive a Charges Notice for the $1,353.00 easement preparation fee. The surveyor is responsible for ensuring the correct easement information is provided.

The the SEQ Water Supply & Sewerage Design & Construction Code (SEQ Code) outlines when a development requires an easement in favour of Queensland Urban Utilities. Refer to:

  • Sewer Code of Australia, Version 2.3 – Section 4.2.5 Easements
  • Water Supply Code of Australia, Version 3.1 – Section 5.4.4 Water mains in Easements
Sample easement terms (Form 20)
SEQ Code easement requirements for gravity sewers in Queensland Urban Utilities area

In response to industry feedback, Queensland Urban Utilities reviewed its requirements for easements over gravity sewers and has decided not to require easements on gravity sewers of 300 mm diameter (DN 315 PE) or less, effective 1 December 2013. Requirements for easements on larger sewers remain unchanged. Queensland Urban Utilities easement width requirements for gravity sewers are summarised in the table below:

Easement width requirements for gravity sewers on private property*

Sewer Diameter

Sewer Depth

Less than or equal to 5m

Greater than 5m

Less than or equal to 300mm

No easement required

No easement required 

Greater than 300mm and less than or equal to 600mm

6m wide easement

10m wide easement

Greater than 600mm

10m wide easement

10m wide easement

*Easements may be required by Councils and/or the State for sewers passing through Council or State owned land due to requirements under the Land Act 1994 (if the land is State Land) or Council land use policy. It is the developers responsibility to contact the respective Council/Authority through whose land they intend to cross to seek permission to enter and to ascertain if an easement is required.

Where a maintenance structure (maintenance hole, maintenance shaft or terminal entry point) is located on private property, a 1.0 metre wide easement, for sewerage purposes, running along the side boundary from the street frontage and containing the maintenance structure is required to facilitate access to the structure.

This requirement applies to all maintenance structures, including those that are located on sewers of 300mm diameter and smaller. This requirement is generally in accordance with the SEQ Code but it ensures that the easement extends to the maintenance structure when that structure is on a sewer that doesn’t require an easement.

These amended easement requirements only apply to sewers within Queensland Urban Utilities’ service territory and do not affect requirements of the other SEQ service providers.