A plan of subdivision prepared by a licensed surveyor is required when a property owner wishes to submit an application to council to legally divide a parcel of land into two or more lots. A property subdivision may include the alteration of boundaries, creation of a strata plan, or planning of a large scale urban development containing numerous allotments. Subdividing your residential, rural, commercial or industrial property allows land owners, owners corporations and town planners to legally deal with allotments as separate parcels of land with separate titles. 

Subdivision survey plans

A plan of subdivision can be produced once an initial survey of your property or land has been undertaken. The initial survey determines the existing boundaries and is used to understand the new proposed boundaries for the subdivision. Your plan of subdivision will outline proposed new boundaries and is essential in the process of subdividing your land.

A land subdivision will require a certified subdivision survey and an application to the council and local authorities for approval. Our licensed surveyors can provide survey services and deliver exactly what you need to begin your subdivision project. Subdivisions can be carried out on many types of properties including vacant land, buildings and multi-level developments. 

Realserve surveyors can provide project management support and advice on building subdivisions, strata plans, zoning laws, rural developments, plans of consolidation, easements and more. 

With offices located throughout Australia, we are abreast with the latest information to assist you with interpreting your local council planning schemes and development plans, to provide suitable plans to aid you in the process of subdividing your land.


Can Realserve help with the subdivision process?

The subdivision process can be lengthy and confusing, so it is wise to engage a licensed land surveyor to commence works and provide project management services as soon as your decision is made. Our Licensed Surveyors will work through the process with you, to ensure your project is a success. 

The subdivision process will generally involve five main steps:

  1. Investigate and interpret the local council’s planning scheme and zoning laws.
  2. Engage the survey services of a licensed land surveyor to prepare a plan of subdivision.
  3. Submit a subdivision application and application for a planning permit & certification to local council.
  4. Application referral to service authorities for consent and a statement of compliance.
  5. Register the final plan with the Land Titles office.

To prepare your plan of subdivision Realserve will utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data before using the latest CAD software programs to analyse and process the data accurately to produce our subdivision plans in accordance with the scope outlined by you. The equipment we use is state of the art, ranging from traditional total stations to 3D laser scanning or RPA (drone). We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.

Once our plans are drafted, they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that plans prepared are delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible and in a format suitable for registration with your state’s land titles office or land registry service.

In summary;

  • Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • Agree on a scope of work and determine extents of new boundaries.
  • A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary data collection equipment to confirm existing boundaries.
  • All data is then processed and plans are drafted by your local Realserve team, in a suitable format.
  • All plans or drawings are reviewed internally via our QA process and to ensure they are presented in accordance with relevant state requirements.
  • All deliverables are then created for viewing in PDF, AutoCAD or Revit.
  • We can assist you in understanding the land subdivision application process to obtain a statement of compliance and lodge the plan with the LTO
  • Once approved and lodged, we can attend your site to mark the new boundary locations in accordance with the approved plans.

Land subdivision and strata plan samples

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