The meanings attributed to terms set out for the purpose of explanation only and are not necessarily valid legal definitions for other purposes.
Where precise definitions are sought appropriate statutes or authorities should be studied. See Greg Stilanou, Land Titling Law and Practice in NSW, Lawbook Co. 2013 [Definitions on pages xxvii – xxxi].
DCDB: Digital Cadastral Database - the legal parcel fabric (current subdivisional pattern) of the State supplied by LPI.
Dealing: A Dealing is any document evidencing a land transaction and prepared in accordance with the Real Property Act 1900 and regulations which can be registered in the Torrens title land register examples include transfer, mortgage, lease, notice of death etc.
Deceased Estate: Property belonging to a deceased (dead) person or persons.
Deed: Any legal document prepared for some purpose in relation to land which has been signed and executed. It may or may not be registered in the General Register of Deeds maintained by LPI.
Delivery Box: A LPI client document delivery reference system whereby a numbered and keyed, secure locked box is provided in which certificate of title, duplicate dealings and other documents are placed for an entitled party to accept delivery.
Delivery Direction: An instruction given on a dealing, or draft, to issue (or not to issue) a certificate of title for a folio of the Register and to deliver it and any other documentation, eg duplicate lease to a particular party or delivery box.
Deposited Plan: A plan of land deposited in LPI, which was not attached to a dealing or deed, showing land boundary information whether for a new subdivision or other purpose eg identifying the location of an easement, for land acquistion etc. The Registrar General may, for convenience, number or re-number other plans as deposited plans or prepare deposited plans of his own motion. Plans of strata schemes are called Strata Plans.
Derived Lots: A term used to specifically identify strata lots created in plans registered under any Act prior to 1 July 1974.
Development Contract: Instruments, plans and drawings which are registered with a strata or community scheme and described the manner in which the developer intends to further develop the land in the scheme.
Development Lots: A term used to specifically identify strata lots created in staged development strata plan specifically for further subdivision development.
Devisee: A person acquiring land under a will.
Devolution of Law: The passing of title to land by the operation of law eg by a will or by the laws of distribution out of an intestate estate.
Discharge of Mortgage: A dealing prepared and signed in writing by the mortgagee that acknowledges that the principal and interest secured by a mortgage have been repaid in full. This document must be registered at LPI to remove any recording of the mortgage from the land title.
Dominant Tenement: Any land to which the benefit of an easement is appurtenant, also being the land which benefits from the use of the easement.
Draft: Hand written instruction, arising from a dealing, from which the information for a new manual folio of the Register (Vol. Fol.) is taken.
Drainage Reserve: Land set aside to the public for exclusive use of drainage of water - [s49 Local Government Act 1993].