The subdivision process
Most subdivision applications go through three stages:
Obtain titles without developing land
If a planning permit is issued for development on the land (for example a multi-unit development), you can apply to subdivide without starting the development.
You need to submit the planning permit application to Council with a report stating the land will be developed after subdivision.
Council may issue a planning permit for subdivision, subject to a permit condition.
This condition means the owner must make a Section 173 agreement with Council.
Only the approved development can be built on the land once the separate titles are issued.
- is made under the Planning and Environment Act 1987
- is registered on the title to the land to bind future owners of the land to the agreement.
Consent to the issue of a statement of compliance from all servicing authorities is still needed, even though there's no actual construction on site.
Drainage and driveway works may need to be bonded with the Council's engineer.
Apply for subdivision
A land surveyor makes planning permit applications for subdivision on the landowners' behalf. it is recommended that you contact a registered land surveyor to discuss the process and requirements for lodging a subdivision.
All planning permit applications for subdivision are made through the online SPEAR system.
Council planning application fees can be paid online.
You may also find our subdivision checklists useful:
Glossary of subdivision terms
Here are some common subdivision terms and meanings.