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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.
Requesting a subdivision permit is the first stage of any building project. Next, planning permission must be obtained before any building work can be started.
Before agreeing to the subdivision of a piece of land, the planning office will check whether the planned buildings comply with 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 it. There may be restrictions on the type of building work that can be carried out on the land.