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:
- applying for a Crown land lease or licence
- continuing with an existing lease or licence you may hold.
Some authorities, usually government agencies, can acquire Crown land compulsorily. Most land acquired this way supports the development of public infrastructure such as schools, roads, hospitals and parks.
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.
The sale of Crown land
How to purchase Crown land
To identify if the land you wish to purchase is:
- Crown land
- Is managed by Crown Land
- Has the appropriate Zoning and
- the LEP supports the proposed activity
How to use ePlanning Spatial Viewer: User Guide (PDF, 174 KB)
Prior to submitting your application you must:
- Identify if the land would be considered for sale.
- Obtain the application form.
In order to submit an application you must fulfil the following criteria:
- The land is Crown land (have the address, lot/dp or a description of the location of the land)
- The land is managed by Crown Land.
- The land is not zoned recreational or environmental. Land that has recreational or environmental zoning will not be sold. Where land is used for public recreation the impact on the community may be significant, so it may not be in the interest to sell that land. Where land has significant environmental value, it may not be appropriate to sell that land unless the sale improves environmental outcomes.
- The current zoning of the land and the corresponding environmental planning instrument (LEP) permits the proposed activities on the land.
- The sale of Crown land is in the public interest.
- Applicants do not have outstanding debts with Crown land.