Follow these important steps to subdivide your property

Once you’ve found a property that you wish to subdivide, it is important to understand the process involved in carrying out the development. Complete the project as efficiently as possible by following these crucial steps:

  1. Engage the right professionals. Subdivision projects generally require a town planning consultant who understands the rules and regulations applicable to your property, a surveyor and a civil engineer. Depending on the complexities of a site, other consultants may be required.
  2. Survey the site. A surveyor will need to survey the block to accurately determine its size and the alignment of the boundaries. A survey will provide details about the contours of the site, which is important for the engineer to design new stormwater and sewerage connections.
  3. Prepare a subdivision plan. The surveyor will draft plan a of subdivision which defines the size and location of the new lots. At this stage the town planning consultant and civil engineer will need to review the subdivision plan to ensure the new lots will comply with the relevant requirements.
  4. Prepare and lodge a development application. The town planning consultant will lodge an application to Council which includes the plan of subdivision, information from the engineer about how the new lots will be serviced and a justification as to why the new lots meet the relevant rules and requirements.
  5. Development application approved. Depending on the complexity of the project, approval can be as fast a 4 weeks to as long as 12 months. The approval will be accompanied by a set of conditions that are required to be complied with in order to carry out the subdivision. It is important that the approval is reviewed in detail to understand the requirements that Council has imposed.
  6. Carry out the approval. Once approved, you will need to carry out the development. This means engaging contractors to install services such as sewer, water, stormwater, electricity, driveways and fencing. Depending on the conditions of the development approval, it may be necessary to submit further applications for “operational work” before carrying out earthworks or constructing services.
  7. Plan sealing. Once you have carried out all of the works required, it is necessary to advise Council that you have complied with the conditions of the approval. Once Council is satisfied that the conditions have been met, they will endorse the subdivision plan. Council may levy “headworks” or “infrastructure charges” prior to endorsing the subdivision plans.
  8. Title Registration. Following endorsement of the subdivision plan by Council, the subdivision plan is required to be submitted to the Titles Office to be registered as a new parcel of land.

The most important part of the process in subdividing a property is ensuring that property can be subdivided before purchasing it. Click here to see our tips on how to find a site that can be subdivided and what you should be looking for.

Use SiteFinder to search for properties suitable for subdivision, or to find out if a specific property can be subdivided.