After you’ve obtained a DA, find out what other approvals you'll need for your proposed subdivision and civil works.
To subdivide land in our city, you'll need to apply for a:
Before submitting a Development Application to subdivide your land, you'll need to determine what type of subdivision you're applying for. Subdivision of land in residential areas is typically undertaken by one of the following types:
The subdivision of a lot into at least two allotments, which are held independently of one another. There are generally no shared facilities or infrastructure.
The subdivision of and into at least two lots and an area of common property. Common property relates to those parts that do not form part of a lot and typically includes the service infrastructure and driveways that are shared.
The subdivision of a building or proposed building into at least two lots and is managed by the Strata Body Corporate.
Community title and strata title lots are exempt from complying with those minimum allotment sizes, but must already contain or have approval for a residential dwelling on each of the proposed allotments.
When planning a subdivision, it's important to also consider the requirements as outlined in:
Chapter 4 - Development Contributions Plans
Contributions may be payable for the additional water and sewer connections for each additional lot created. Additionally, in growth areas, a levy is charged per additional lot created for the provision of infrastructure.
Chapter 5 - Tree Preservation
Where possible, trees should be retained and protected when planning a subdivision.
Chapter 6 - Planning for Hazards
To protect properties and landowners for potential hazards, the risks associated with development on land that is prone to natural hazards should be minimised.
All subdivisions in urban areas of our city must be provided with essential services including water, sewer, electricity, telecommunications and gas.
It is a NSW Government requirement that all properties have a unique identifier (Address). This allows for the effective provision of services including communication utilities, postal services and emergency services.
Road naming must be requested for any new Subdivision that contains new roads. This forms a critical part of the addressing process.
Street Numbering must be requested for all new subdivisions, or developments containing more than one occupancy. This may be residential, commercial or industrial units.
Existing street numbering can also be changed in some cases, upon request.
Please fill out the relevant request form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An application for a Subdivision Works Certificate may only be made by, the owner of the land to which the application relates to, or another person with the consent of the owner of that land.
You may request a preliminary assessment of your engineering design by our Development Engineers before submitting your Subdivision Works Certificate application.
This request can be made with our Customer Service team by providing:
A preliminary assessment will be undertaken by our Development Engineers who'll provide comment regarding design details.
It's advisable that a preliminary assessment be undertaken for extensive civil works in relation to large subdivisions.
It should be noted that this service isn't part of the formal assessment of your Subdivision Works Certificate. The assessment process will begin once your application and plans have been lodged online.
To apply for a Subdivision Works Certificate online, you must register or log in via the NSW Planning Portal.
A range of plans and documents are required to be submitted to support your application and are outlined in the Development Consent conditions.
These may incorporate:
The specific plans and documents required will vary depending on your development.
For further advice, contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 6023 8111 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm) and ask to speak with a Development Engineer.
Once you've registered and gathered your documents, you can apply online for a Subdivision Works Certificate. You'll need to upload electronic versions of the required documentation in order to complete your application.
Lodgement fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we have received your application.
Your Subdivision Works Certificate will not be determined until all outstanding fees have been paid.
A Subdivision Certificate certifies that a plan of subdivision has been completed in accordance with the relevant development consent conditions or complying development certificate (in the case of complying development). It also authorises the registration of the plan of subdivision with NSW Land and Property Information.
For more information, including how to prepare an application and the role of the certifying authority, visit the NSW Planning Portal.
To apply for a Subdivision Certificate online, you must register or log in via the NSW Planning Portal.
The following documentation is required for submission of a Subdivision Certificate Application (in PDF format):
Copies of quotes for landscaping work and a written statement in relation to the status of the landscaping associated with the Subdivision ie. Completed.
The quotes will be used to determine maintenance bond or deferred work bond amounts.
If works are not to be completed prior to the release of the Subdivision, a letter requesting deferral must be submitted with the application.
The letter should state the reasons why the works cannot be completed prior to the release of the subdivision and indicate when the works will be performed.
(Note: Council will only allow deferral of landscape work for one planting season (April to August) and will not agree to defer landscape work if the subdivision is being released in a season that is suitable for vegetation planting).
Community Title Subdivisions require all the information above as well as:
For further advice, contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 6023 8111 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm) and ask to speak with a representative from our City Development Administration Team.
One you've registered and gathered your documents, you can apply online for a Subdivision Certificate. You'll need to upload electronic versions of the required documentation in order to complete your application.
Lodgement fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we've received your application for a Subdivision Certificate.
Your Subdivision Certificate will not be issued until all outstanding fees have been paid.
If you are a developer or owner-builder, there are important Commonwealth telecommunications rules you need to comply with. For more information visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/tind