The zones explained
What size and zone your land is in will be the main deciding factor when it comes to subdividing land in Auckland (as will your budget). The below are general guidelines you can follow for the various zones:
Terrace housing and apartment buildings zone
As the name would suggest this zone enables the greatest intensity of development, allowing terrace housing and apartments from five to seven storeys to be built on these sites. Generally, development plans will be required to accompany a resource consent application.
Mixed housing suburban zone
If you are in a mixed housing suburban zone (currently the most common residential zone), each proposed vacant lot needs to be a minimum of 400sq metres. You can have smaller lot sizes than 400sq metres, however you will need to provide development plans at resource consent stage. This zone allows for flexibility to build townhouses and/or two storey homes.
Mixed housing urban zone
Each proposed vacant lot is required to be a minimum of 300sq metres. You can have smaller lot sizes than 300sq metres, however you will need to provide development plans at resource consent stage. This is a high intensity zone and will allow for houses of up to three stories, so theoretically you can build anything from a single house right through to apartments. To find out more about what you can do in the mixed housing urban zone please contact us.
Single house zone
Each proposed vacant lot is required to be a minimum of 600sq metres and anticipated just one house per section. So generally speaking, you’ll need to have an existing lot of at least 1200sq metres or larger to subdivide into two. As an alternative (or in some cases, in addition to) to subdivision, it is also possible to build a minor dwelling in this zone, check with us for the rules on this.
To find out more about your zone and the opportunities please contact our Planning team today. We can help you subdivide your land in Auckland and make the most of your property.