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Subdivision consists of splitting a piece of land into two or more separate plots, with a view to building on or selling the newly created plots. Subdivision permits are subject to a series of terms and conditions that must be fulfilled before planning permission can be granted.
Before agreeing to the subdivision of a piece of land, the planning office will check whether the planned buildings comply with the Regional Development Plan and the applicable planning regulations. For example, subdividing a piece of land with a view to building a 15-storey apartment block will require a feasibility study, a local survey, etc.
Subdivision permits are granted subject to conditions, which may include certain work that will have to be paid for by the applicant, such as building or resurfacing roads, creating public green spaces or installing utilities (water, electricity, etc.).
When a piece of land is put up for sale, it is important for potential buyers to know whether a subdivision permit has already been issued and, if so, what terms and conditions are linked to the permit. There may be major restrictions on the type of building work that can be carried out on the land.