The subdivision process

The subdivision of land is the division of land into two or more parts that, after the division, would be obviously adapted for separate occupation, use or disposition.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 sets out the laws under which planning in NSW takes place.

The subdivision of land requires registering the following with the Office of the Registrar-General (under the Conveyancing Act 1919):

  • a plan of subdivision,
  • or a strata plan,
  • or a strata plan of subdivision within the meaning of Strata Schemes Development Act 2015.

However, subdivision of land does not include, among other things:

  • a plan of consolidation

  • a plan of identification

  • a miscellaneous plan within the meaning of section 195 of the Conveyancing Act 1919.

A strata plan or strata plan of subdivision generally cannot be registered in LPI unless it has a strata certificate issued under the provisions of part 4 of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015.