Discover the ins and outs of the subdivision process, where time and costs fluctuate based on factors such as obtaining resource consent and construction timelines. Unlock a detailed, free guide estimating the timings and costs involved in subdividing your section.

Steps in the subdivision process:

  • Prepare a subdivision plan
  • Prepare a subdivision consent application
  • Consent is granted by Council subject to 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 a simplified overview of the subdivision process to complete a standard 2-lot subdivision (non-notified), excluding the construction of any new dwellings, see below …

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Stage 1 – Resource Consent (24-32 weeks)

The resource consent stage typically involves:

  • 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)

  • Conduct surveying field work and create new survey plans for approval by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Council for Section 223.

Stage 5 – Certification (6-8 weeks)


These timelines are only estimates, and project durations will vary. Click here for indicative costs and here for more information about Auckland subdivision site sizes. Contact our expert Planning team today to kickstart your subdivision project!

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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.

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