Some Certificates of title are identified as being “Limited as to parcels” or in some cases “Limited as to Survey”. This usually means that the original boundary definition is not reliable, so survey fieldwork is required in order to confirm the assumed boundary dimensions.
In these situations all of the boundaries need to be surveyed, occupation noted and survey pegs or boundary discs put in. Without this the limitations cannot be removed from the title.
At the completion of the survey, approval is also required from all the neighbours. If all approvals are not forthcoming titles can still be generated, only the limitations will remain on the new title.
A property that is limited as to parcels cannot be amalgamated with a fee simple parcel (one that has no limitations). In these circumstances the parcels are required to have an amalgamation covenant.
In most situations, a title is limited as to parcels because some of the boundaries were defined under the Deeds System. Under the Deeds System many of the boundaries were merely a line on a diagram in the Deeds Book.