Each land parcel (for example erf) in South Africa is identified by a unique LPI code.

This is property’s version of the ID or passport number for humans, or CIPC number for businesses.

An LPI code is a title deed summarised into 21 digits.

The 21 digits are made up as follows

  • First letter: relevant Surveyor General’s (SG) office
  • Next 3 letters: major region within the SG office
  • Then 4 numbers: minor region associated to a town (or farm)
  • Next 8 numbers: erf or farm number
  • Followed by 5 numbers: portion number of land parcel in erf or farm

This link here contains an excellent description of the determination of the LPI code.

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