Complete Guide to Easements for Property Owners in Queensland

Mar 16, 2024By Mint Legal Brisbane
Mint Legal Brisbane

Everything You Need to Know About Easements: A Guide for Property Owners in Queensland

In the intricate world of property law, easements play a crucial role, granting specific rights to use another person's land for designated purposes. As a property owner in Queensland, understanding easements is essential to navigate potential challenges and ensure smooth ownership. This comprehensive guide delves into the intricacies of easements in Queensland, empowering you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

What are Easements?

An easement is a legal right granted to one party (the beneficiary) to use a portion of another party's land (the servient tenement) for a specific purpose. This right does not involve ownership, but rather grants limited access or use for a defined function. Easements exist to benefit the beneficiary's land, known as the dominant tenement.

Types of Easements in Queensland:

Right of way: The most common easement, granting access for pedestrians, vehicles, or utilities across the servient tenement.
Drainage easement: Allowing the flow of water from the dominant tenement across the servient tenement.
Sewerage easement: Permitting the passage of sewage from the dominant tenement to a public sewer line.
Pipeline easement: Enabling the installation and maintenance of pipelines for gas, water, or other utilities across the servient tenement.
Light easement: Granting the right to receive natural light from the servient tenement onto the dominant tenement.
Support easement: Allowing a structure on the dominant tenement to be supported by the servient tenement.

Creating Easements in Queensland:

Easements can be created in various ways:

Express grant: Through a written agreement registered on the land title.
Implied grant: When the easement is necessary for the reasonable enjoyment of the dominant tenement and was likely intended by the parties.
Prescription: By continuous and uninterrupted use for at least 15 years without objection from the servient tenement owner.
Necessity: In rare circumstances, where access to the dominant tenement is impossible without crossing the servient tenement.

Rights and Responsibilities of Beneficiaries and Servient Owners:


Use the easement for its intended purpose only.
Maintain the easement in a reasonable condition.
Avoid causing unnecessary damage to the servient tenement.

Servient owner:

Allow the beneficiary to use the easement according to its terms.
Not interfere with the beneficiary's reasonable use of the easement.
Use the remaining portion of their land freely, as long as it doesn't unreasonably interfere with the easement.

Important Considerations:

Disclosure: When selling a property with an easement, it must be disclosed to potential buyers.
Maintenance: The responsibility for maintaining the easement depends on the specific terms of the grant.
Termination: Easements can be terminated under specific circumstances, such as abandonment, misuse, or through legal proceedings.

Seeking Professional Advice:

Due to the complexities of easements, seeking professional legal advice from a qualified property solicitor is highly recommended. They can guide you through the legalities, draft necessary documents, and represent your interests in easement-related matters.


Understanding easements is crucial for property owners in Queensland. By equipping yourself with this knowledge, you can navigate potential challenges, ensure your rights are protected, and make informed decisions regarding your property. Remember, consulting a qualified property solicitor is essential for any complex easement-related matters.

Additional Resources:

Queensland Government: Land Title Practice Manual Part 9 Easement:
Queensland Law Society: Property Law: