Land Division

In theory, subdivision sounds pretty simple. You buy a large block of land, split it into two or three blocks and sell it for a profit. But when something sounds this simple, the reality is usually a little different and slightly more complicated.

That’s because when you subdivide a property, you firstly need to get approval from the local council who have their own regulations, which means you will be dealing with different rules and individual challenges.

Getting council approval can be a slow process and there’s no guarantee that it will be approved. However, to avoid wasting time researching a property that may or may not make the grade, it pays to familiarise yourself with the council’s requirements first if you’re planning to subdivide.

In order for a property to be approved for subdivision, it needs to conform to the local town planning council’s minimum lot size. The first requirement pertains to width, the second to overall area and the third requirement is zoning. Subdivisions in some types of zoning are not allowed.

While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to picking the property that you can subdivide, there are a few things you can use to help you with your research.

These Include:


Look for properties that are at least 700sqm in land size

Local councils have their individual guidelines on the minimum land size required to subdivide, so make sure you check with them first. In general, properties larger than 700sqm are allowed.

Look for corner block properties

Corner blocks are good for subdivision and development as you could easily divide into two lots – each with its own street frontage and access. Bear in mind that if the block has kerb and guttering only on one side, the council can request you complete the kerb on both sides as a condition of the subdivision consent.


Look for level or gently sloping land

As a rule of thumb, flat land is easier and cheaper to subdivide than a sloping block. That’s because a steep slope could restrict what you can build. This would also factor in with the council’s minimum size requirement. They may for example, want a minimum land area of 300sqm per dwelling on a level block and/or a minimum of 400sqm if it’s a sloping block, to ensure the property has enough usable land.


Understand the zoning rules

Check with the council that the property you’re about to buy complies with the zoning rules. If you’re planning to build medium density housing like a townhouse or duplex, ensure that the property is zoned for this structure.

The potential rewards of subdividing property can be considerable. The opportunity to create a new property to fulfil the specific demands of the market can bring high financial returns. Such returns can then be reinvested to boost an investment portfolio or allow further property developments.


City Builders are here to assist you in your sub-divide project. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are here to help!