What to expect when subdividing your property

Subdividing in Auckland

When subdividing in Auckland, New Zealand, there are several key steps and considerations to keep in mind. Here are the steps you can generally expect to go through when subdividing:

  • Feasibility study: Before starting the subdivision process, it’s important to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether the project is viable. This may involve assessing factors such as zoning regulations, infrastructure requirements, and market demand. The inability to provide the necessary infrastructure is the most common reason a subdivision cannot proceed.
  • Planning and design: Once you’ve established that the subdivision is feasible, the next step is to plan and design the new buildings/lots. This may involve engaging a professional surveyor, architect or planner to develop a subdivision plan that meets all relevant regulations and takes into account factors such as access, drainage, and utilities. Thornley and Associates can help you with this.
  • Council approval/ Resource consent: Once the subdivision plan is developed, it must be submitted to the local council for approval via a resource consent. This process can be complex and may involve multiple rounds of review and feedback depending on the specifics of your subdivision. The resource consent application demonstrates that the subdivision will not have any adverse effects on the environment, community, or infrastructure.
  • Engineering Approvals & Building Consents: Once the resource consent is approved you submit your infrastructure designs to Council for engineering approval and if you are constructing buildings, you submit the building consent at this time.
  • Construction of Infrastructure and buildings: Once the engineering designs have been approved by Council you need to construct all the necessary infrastructure before you can get new titles. This may include roads, water, stormwater and sewage systems, and electricity and telecommunications services. If the buildings are joined construction of the buildings may also be required by the resource consent before you can get new titles.
  • Title registration: Once all necessary approvals and infrastructure are in place the surveyor and solicitor will submit their plans and documents to LINZ so new titles can be registered with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
  • Sales or development: Finally, the new lots can be sold according to the subdivision plan.

It’s important to note that the subdivision process can be complex and time-consuming, and may involve significant costs. It’s recommended that you seek professional advice and guidance throughout the process to ensure that everything is done correctly and in compliance with all relevant regulations. Here at Thornley and Associates we can guide you through that process.

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