Learn about the subdivision process and how to apply to subdivide a property
Subdivision is the legal process of altering a property's boundaries once approved by a municipal Approval Officer. You must apply for subdivision if you want to:
- divide your land into smaller parcels of land
- realign existing boundaries
- consolidate 1 or more properties into a single lot
- create a Bare Land Strata
- airspace parcelization
- stratification and phased stratification
The subdivision process is governed by the City’s zoning and subdivision bylaws and the Local Government and Land Title Acts.
Preparing your application
The following documents may help you in preparing your application.
- Subdivision guide (step-by-step process)
- Application form
- Agent authorization form
- 2022 application fees
The City follows the following procedure:
- Pre-application: Before submitting your written application, contact the planning division in writing to confirm the feasibility of the subdivision. Subdivision enquiries should include a letter of intent and a site survey.
- Submit application: Submit your application with the appropriate fee and all the required documents and plans.
- Application review: The planning division reviews the application and circulates it to different City departments and government agencies for review.
- Tentative approval: If everything goes well, the Approving Officer issues a tentative approval letter along with several prerequisite conditions.
- Making prerequisite conditions: If you meet all the prerequisite conditions, you can submit the required documents.
- Final approval: Once all conditions are met, the Approving Officer will issue final approval.
How to pay
You can pay invoices online with your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) or in-person with cash, cheque or debit card. Per the City's Fee Recovery Bylaw 13640, we'll charge a fee of 1.75% on payments made with a credit card.