Subdivision of property occurs when dividing a piece of land into two or more parcels in order to sell one or more parcels.

Subdivision Approval Ensures that:

  • The land is suitable for its proposed new use
  • The proposal conforms to both the local and regional official plans, as well as to provincial legislation and policies
  • The applicant, neighbouring property owners and the community are protected from developments which are inappropriate or may put an undue strain on community facilities, services or finances

Registered Plan of Subdivision

A registered plan of subdivision is a legal document that shows:

  • The exact surveyed boundaries and dimensions of lots on which houses or structures are to be built
  • The location, width and names of streets
  • The sites of any schools or parks

The plan does not show specific full building locations; these are set out in the Zoning By-law and through the site plan approval process, if required.

A registered plan of subdivision creates new, separate parcels of land and can be legally used for the sale of lots. It should not be confused with "compiled plans" or "reference plans" which are used simply to describe parcels of land.

If the proposal to subdivide involves the creation of only one or two lots, the land severance (consent) process may be a suitable alternative.