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Crown public roads generally provide lawful access to freehold and leasehold land where little or no subdivision has occurred since the original Crown subdivision of NSW, early in the nineteenth century.

The NSW Parliament has recently passed amendments to the legislation governing roads. These amendments have not yet commenced and the current arrangements will continue to apply.

Purchasing Crown Roads Factsheet (PDF, 219.2 KB) - provides information on closing and purchasing Crown roads and timeframes to complete the statutory process.

Purchasing Crown Roads (PDF, 23.31 KB) – access rights for recreational fishers.

Information for councils - provides information to Councils on closing public roads vested in Councils.

Application forms

The following forms are available to download:

Search for public roads advertised for closure online

To make consultation for the accelerated roads program easier, NSW Crown land (the Department) has developed an online search facility.  This will help you view and search current notices for public roads that are proposed to be closed and sold. These notices will continue to be published in local newspapers. The notices will remain available online for the full 28 day submission period, from date of publication.

Main features

The search facility provides both map based and keyword searches to find roads that are offered for sale and closure. It allows you to:

  • use keywords to filter the search to a specific area such as local government area or locality;
  • view information on the roads that are proposed for closure, including maps showing the roads offered;
  • access information on how to make a submission; and
  • print full details of the road advertisement and supporting maps.

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To make searching easier, we've developed some guides to help.

Search for notices for proposed public road closures

For assistance please contact us on 1300 886 235 (Option 2 Option 2) or email