Subdivision involves dividing a larger piece of land into smaller areas. As a result, the processes involved can be expensive and complicated. This is especially relevant when dealing with council planning provisions and procedures that differ council to council.

With M.J. Reddie Surveys’ experience, we can guide you through the development process to ensure a positive result.

Because of this, we can cover:

2-lot subdivision
Building subdivision
Large greenfield estates
Multi-storey high rise


Firstly, how much does subdividing land cost?

Each development will vary is price depending on its complexity and required survey input. If you’d like more advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or a phone call for a fixed fee proposal.


1. Understanding your subdivision type and town planning permit

There are typically two main types available;

1. Building Subdivision – When a Draftsman or architect has design and achieved approval from  council for a development permit. Usually required for lots less than 400 square meters in area were council will want to see exactly what is proposed to be built on each lot. An Architect or Draftsman will complete the initial development application.

2. Land Subdivision – Where no architectural design is required as the lots created are large (generally over 400 square meters) enough to facilitate a minimum 10mx15m building and allow for required garden area. In this instance a licensed surveying firm, like Reddie Surveys, can complete the initial town planning application.

Once the initial Town planning permit has been achieved either by an Architect/ Town Planner (for Building Subdivision) or by a licensed land surveying firm (for Land subdivision) a formal application can be made.

2. Completing your subdivision application

An application for subdivision through the SPEAR online application portal will be made by M.J. Reddie Surveys or your surveying company. M.J. Reddie Surveys provides all relevant documentation to council who will then examine the merits of the development and hopefully issue a subdivision permit. They may however request further information which we can advise you on and also put you in touch with our strong network of other professionals who can help respond to councils request.

3. Achieving your subdivision permit

If a permit is granted you will need to comply with all permit conditions relating to the servicing and construction of the development. M.J. Reddie Surveys can offer advice on your subdivision permit, guide you through this process and also provide a professional permit management service to take responsibility for all permit conditions. Once all permit conditions are achieved council will issue an overall statement of compliance.

4. Lodging your application

Once council issue compliance to M.J. Reddie Surveys or your chosen land surveyor, they will finalise all formal survey documentation and release the SPEAR application to Land Victoria so your conveyancer can complete the final lodgement for new Titles.

Any questions regarding the process or a land surveyor’s involvement in the land subdivision process? For subdivision advice, feel free to email us at: or call us on: (03) 9707 4117

Do you want to know whether you can subdivide your property? M.J. Reddie Surveys has compiled a list of factors to determine whether your property is suitable for subdivision that you can refer to!

If you would like more advice on how to subdivide your land read our article on the land subdivision process.

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