Planning Permits for Subdivision

Most subdivisions require a planning permit under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and all subdivisions require a plan of subdivision to be signed by a licensed surveyor.

The surveyor is involved in the entire process beginning with planning through to the release of the plan and survey documents to Land Use Victoria for the registration of new titles.

Berry & Whyte Surveyors can provide most of the plans and documentation to meet the needs of the planning scheme for subdivision.

Planning schemes apply zones to land which will determine whether the land can be subdivided. Overlays can also include controls relevant to subdivision, including minimum lot sizes and other design requirements.

It is important to note, even if a zone indicates that an application may be made to subdivide land, this does not mean that a permit will be granted. Applications for a planning permit must be consistent with state, regional and local objectives and policies identified in the planning scheme.

When considering a permit to subdivide land, the responsible authority, which in most cases is the local council, will consider:

  • any state and local planning policy implications of the subdivision proposal
  • whether any proposed new lots can be appropriately serviced by utilities and other infrastructure
  • whether access to any new lots can be secured
  • whether open space and other facilities have been provided for
  • whether the land is capable of sustaining an increased intensity of use or development which would follow the subdivision
  • whether the subdivision accords with any earlier approved permit
  • how the subdivision relates to and affects existing buildings

While most subdivisions require a planning permit, in Clause 62.04 of the planning scheme, there are a number of exemptions that don't require a planning permit for subdivision.