Can I subdivide my lot?

“Can I subdivide my lot?” Maybe. Councils are moving away from the typical broadacre subdivision in a new estate. But there is a range of ways to achieve subdivision.

Max Fragar, our founder, Life Fellow PIA and Registered Planner, shares his insight on how subdivision is changing and the options available.

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My name is Max Fragar from the Council Approval Group.

You might have seen our magazine. You can get it on our website. You’ll see a nice picture of me about a third of the way into my career with my son, Colin, who you’ll also have seen on the website. We love what we do. I love what we do.

Can I subdivide my lot?

It’s a fairly narrow view of subdivision. And that’s what you typically remember as a broadacre subdivision in a new estate. That’s the typical process. Councils are moving more away from that.
If you do get a broadacre lot, it’ll generally have restrictions that say:
  • This is your building envelope.
  • You can’t build closer to the boundary than this.
  • Heights are restricted and whatever.
More often than not, councils are more flexible and you can get a smaller lot if you take the subdivision application a step further. For example, you might have a block that is undersize. You can still get subdivision at the end of the day, but you might have to design the house or you might have to do it as a dual occupancy.

In some cases, you might finish up with a strata subdivision rather than a Torrens. So there is a range of different ways that you can subdivide. Don’t think it’s the end of the day if the rules say you need a 7000 square metres to subdivide into two lots. Quite often we can find a way around that.

Take The Next Step

And so if you’d like to explore can I subdivide my land, then please go onto our website or give us a call to book a consultation, and we’ll take it a step at a time. If there’s something that can be done that’s suitable for you and us, then we’ll follow it through. We can do everything that’s necessary to put together an application. If it turns out to be a dual occupancy, we can do the plans. We can organise the surveying, tree report, and whatever else is necessary. So all the best with it.