Subdivision of Land and Buildings

Subdivision is the creation of separately disposable (sellable) units of a building or lots of land. This is done via a licensed land surveyor, who draws up a plan of subdivision for approval and lodgement with the Titles Office.

Buildings may be subdivided upon completion, at some point after completion, or on the basis of proposed completion (‘off the plan’).

The Building Regulations contain a special provision that each part of a building being subdivided must individually conform with the Regulations. In the case of older buildings, this means that, even though parts of the building may have been occupied for some time, purchasers should be able to expect that each part complies with today's Regulations.

If there is a legitimate reason why a building has not been upgraded to meet this requirement, the relevant building surveyor may be able to issue an exemption.