Subdivision of Land

The Subdivision Approval Process

Most subdivisions require a planning permit 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.

The Subdivision Act, the Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations 2011 and Subdivision (Registrar’s Requirements) Regulations 2011 set out the procedures and requirements for the approval of the following dealings in land:

  • Subdivision of land (including buildings and airspace)
  • Consolidation of land
  • The creation, variation or removal of an easement or restriction
  • The creation of common property and some dealings with common property

Generally, any person who wishes to have a plan registered must:

  • Obtain a planning permit under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (unless the subdivision is exempt from requiring a planning permit)
  • Prepare a plan in accordance with the Subdivision Act and the Regulations
  • Submit the plan to the council for certification
  • Satisfy planning permit conditions and complete any works
  • Obtain a statement of compliance from the council
  • Lodge the certified plan at Land Victoria for registration together with the statement of compliance and any prescribed documents