Types of Subdivisions

When considering subdividing your own home, an investment property or parcel of land, it’s important to understand which specific type of subdivision is not only achievable, but is also most likely to deliver the best returns. There are three main types of subdivisions commonly executed in Perth and gathering all the relevant information that affects which one applies to your individual circumstances can be challenging.

When it comes to property development, time is money. The more quickly you’re able to move through the subdivision application and approval process, the sooner you can start realising financial returns. Not fully understanding the requirements of each type of subdivision, and subsequently incorrectly completing application paperwork, can result in costly delays in the property development process. Also, inadvertently applying for the wrong type of subdivision classification can have ramifications down the track if you intend to further develop the block.

Whether a subdivision is achievable for your property, and which type of subdivision applies, is primarily determined by Residential Design Codes, or R-Codes. R-Codes consist of a framework of planning regulations set out by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) which mandate optimal outcomes for residents in terms of residential designs, sustainability and livability. They are also designed to provide a specific and methodical pathway for assessment and compliance of proposed developments. Ensuring your subdivision application complies with R-Codes, and is accompanied by all the necessary supporting paperwork, will ensure your subdivision process runs as quickly and seamlessly as possible.


The three major types of subdivisions in Western Australia are: