How Can I Subdivide a Plot of Land?

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Subdividing” is where land is divided and separate legal title is established for each of the new sections that are created.

It is important to note here th"Subdividing" is where land is divided and separate legal title is established for each of the new sections that are created.

It is important to note here that each municipality will have their own unique application process for subdivision. Again take note, that different areas of the same town may have different minimum lot requirements. If you’re looking into subdividing a property you already own, you’ll want to start with cross comparing your local subdivision requirements with a survey of your property. If by dividing your lot into two, both sections satisfy the minimum lot requirements, you’re on the right track. If this is not the case, check into minimum lot requirements for differently zoned areas in your town. If there’s a zone in which you can satisfy the minimum lot requirements, you might consider applying for re-zoning as a first step towards subdividing.

 If the zoning code permits your lot, the next step is to check for any subdivision ordinances that may make it impossible for you to do so. These ordinances, for example, may require a particular amount of frontage onto city streets. In some cases, new streets and utilities will have to be installed prior to the sale of a lot within the new subdivision. If you qualify under zoning and subdivision ordinances you can then move onto the next steps.

If you’ve jumped through the above hoops and still seem to be standing, the next step, typically, will be to hire a land surveyor who’ll draw up a plan of the prospective lot. If you talk with your local building and zoning department you’ll be able to get a good reference and sort out how much the process will cost.

This plan will then go to the city, which may require numerous amendments to your original plan. Likewise, they may not approve it. It’s often recommended that you talk with a local attorney who handles zoning and land use matters, to help you through this process. Do not take the process of subdividing your land lightly. Make sure you do your home work before you start the process. at each municipality will have their own unique application process for subdivision. Again take note, that different areas of the same town may have different minimum lot requirements. If you’re looking into subdividing a property you already own, you’ll want to start with cross comparing your local subdivision requirements with a survey of your property. If by dividing your lot into two, both sections satisfy the minimum lot requirements, you’re on the right track. If this is not the case, check into minimum lot requirements for differently zoned areas in your town. If there’s a zone in which you can satisfy the minimum lot requirements, you might consider applying for re-zoning as a first step towards subdividing.

 If the zoning code permits your lot, the next step is to check for any subdivision ordinances that may make it impossible for you to do so. These ordinances, for example, may require a particular amount of frontage onto city streets. In some cases, new streets and utilities will have to be installed prior to the sale of a lot within the new subdivision. If you qualify under zoning and subdivision ordinances you can then move onto the next steps.

If you’ve jumped through the above hoops and still seem to be standing, the next step, typically, will be to hire a land surveyor who’ll draw up a plan of the prospective lot. If you talk with your local building and zoning department you’ll be able to get a good reference and sort out how much the process will cost.

This plan will then go to the city, which may require numerous amendments to your original plan. Likewise, they may not approve it. It’s often recommended that you talk with a local attorney who handles zoning and land use matters, to help you through this process. Do not take the process of subdividing your land lightly. Make sure you do your home work before you start the process.

Answered almost 5 years ago
Amos Ajo
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