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A plan of subdivision allows a property owner to divide land into two or more new parcels of land that can be disposed of separately.

Divisions by a land owner, of all or part of a parcel of land, into separate allotments (or sections), each with a separate title, in accordance with a ‘plan of subdivision’ must be approved by the local planning authority – generally the local council and then lodged at the Titles Office.

As part of the subdivision process a plan may create restrictions, owners corporations and any easements necessary to make a development functional.

A plan of subdivision may also remove or vary restrictions and easements (created in an earlier plan of subdivision).

Subdivision process

A typical, simplifed subdivision process involves the following steps:

  • A planning permit allowing subdivision is granted by the relevant authority ( generally the local council.) If issued, this will set the general parameters and conditions for final approval of the subdivision.
  • A formal plan of subdivision that has been prepared by a licensed surveyor, as required under the Subdivision Act 1988, is certified. The plan must be compliant with the planning permit.
  • A statement of compliance for the subdivision, as required under the Subdivsion Act 1988, is issued. This shows evidence of compliance with all public work requirements of the permit, which primarily are those of the service authorities.
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