Subdivision Process – an Indication

The time and costs to complete a subdivision and obtain new titles can vary greatly, depending on the complexities involved in obtaining resource consent and other matters like the amount of time it takes contractors to complete construction works on site. For an estimate of the costs involved in subdividing your section, click here.

Steps in the subdivision process:

  • Prepare a subdivision scheme plan
  • Prepare a subdivision consent application
  • Consent is granted by Council subject to conditions such as building consent and engineering plan approval.
  • Apply for survey plan approval (section 223 certification). This must be applied for within 5 years of subdivision consent being granted.
  • Apply for Section 224 certification to confirm all conditions of your subdivision consent can be met.
  • Deposit of survey plan with Land Information New Zealand. A new Record of Title is issued.

For an indicative subdivision process to complete a typical 2 lot subdivision (non-notified), and not including construction of any new dwellings see below…

Stage 1 – Resource Consent (24-32 weeks)

Typically involved in the resource consent stage includes:

  • Preliminary designs for client approval and undertake feasibility investigations
  • Topographical survey
  • Resource consent preparation
  • Resource consent processing and approval by Council.

Stages 2 and 3

Stage 2 Engineering Approvals / Building Consents (4 – 6 weeks)

  • Building consent and engineering plan approval (EPA) processing and approval by Council.

Stage 3 – Construction (8 – 16 weeks)

  • Completion of site works (e.g. earthworks and construction of driveways, drainage and utilities) and construction monitoring, supervision and certification.

Stages 4 and 5

Stage 4 – Survey (6 weeks)

  • Undertake surveying field work and prepare new Survey Plans to submit to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and to Council for Section 223 approval.

Stage 5 – Certification (6-8 weeks)

  • Apply to Council for Section 224(c) approval and to Land Information New Zealand for issue of title.

The above subdivision process is to be used as an estimate only, time frames will differ from project to project.

For information on indicative costs click here. And for more information about subdivision site sizes in Auckland click here.

To speak to somebody immediately about the subdivision process and get the ball rolling on your project please contact our expert Planning team.

Download our Free Subdivision Guide

Subdivision continues to be an excellent investment option in New Zealand. However, if you’re not an expert planner, subdividing your land can get really expensive really quickly.

To find out what to expect if you want to subdivide your property – download our handy guide.

Do you have questions on the subdivision process?
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