Subdivision FAQ

Can I subdivide my block?

Whether or not you can subdivide will largely depend on the size of your land and which R-Code zone applies to your address. For more information, read our guide on how to determine if your block is eligible for subdivision here. Whilst you can certainly conduct some initial research into the feasibility of subdividing your block, without the relevant experience, you may not necessarily be aware of all the variables affecting a successful outcome. We encourage you to contact one of our friendly team members who, by just asking you a few simple questions, will be able to determine quite easily whether or not subdivision of your land is potentially viable.

 

Does someone need to come out to my property to determine whether I can subdivide or not?

In most cases, we will not need to visit your property to determine whether your property represents a viable subdivision opportunity. By using specialised mapping tools, we can conduct an initial assessment to ascertain whether your land is large enough to subdivide under the R-Codes applicable to your address. Generally, we’re able to check aerial measurements, topography, soil conditions, easements, service locations, zoning, setbacks and all other applicable information on your property quickly and accurately, allowing us to provide you with an answer much more promptly than if a site visit was required. If your property is particularly complex, or the land area falls just short of the minimum requirements under your specific R-Codes, we would then recommend a site inspection by one of our licensed Surveyors for a more in-depth assessment.

 

Where do I start?

When considering the possibility of subdivision, a good place to start is to assess whether your property is able to be developed, under the zoning that applies to your address. You can do this by checking with your local council who will advise you of the relevant R-Code, and average and minimum land area requirements, for your property. For more information on how to start your subdivision journey, read our helpful guide here. Also applicable to whether or not your property can be subdivided is an accompanying Town Planning Scheme which will outline any restrictions and conditions that may be imposed if you decide to develop. These documents can be quite complex and difficult to interpret for the lay person. For this reason, we recommend having a chat with one of the experienced Multiply Property Group Surveyors who can assess your property’s viability for subdivision and walk you through the costs and steps involved.

 

How long does the subdivision process take?

Generally speaking, a subdivision process takes around 9 to 12 months from start to finish. Depending on the size and individual characteristics of your lot, this process can take longer, especially if your block is irregularly shaped or you are trying to create smaller lots than set out under your particular R-Code zoning. In these cases, a development approval may be required from your local council in addition to the standard subdivision application process.

 

Can I organise my subdivision in stages?

At Multiply Property Group, we break the subdivision process into three stages. The first stage involves assessing your property’s suitability for subdivision, presenting you with a proposed design and managing the application to the relevant organisations. Upon receiving conditional approval, we move to the second phase which consists of our managing all the physical works required at your property, such as connection of services and any demolition or site clearing works required. The third and final stage involves applying for final clearances and arranging issue of the newly created titles. For more information on what’s involved in the subdivision process, click here.

 

My suburb is being rezoned, when can I start the subdivision process?

If your suburb is in the process of being rezoned, you will need to wait until rezoning has been completed by the West Australian Planning Commission and gazetted by the local council before you can commence the subdivision process.

 

Will a subdivision disrupt my tenants or family?

If you are considering subdividing a tenanted property, it’s important you work closely with your tenants to ensure they are informed of works that will be occurring at the property as well as where the new boundaries will be located. If your property is vacant but you are hoping to rent it out prior to or during the subdivision process, you will also need to inform prospective tenants of your plans, so they are aware of the details prior to signing a tenancy agreement.

If you are living in the property you plan to subdivide, the only phase during which some disruption may be experienced is the “works stage” which involves connection of services, redirection of sewer lines and any required demolition or site clearing. Multiply Property Group can work with you to manage works around your schedule and ensure any disruption to you and your family is minimised.

 

How do I know which type of subdivision to apply for?

The most appropriate subdivision strategy for you will depend on the specifics of your block, the relevant R-Code zone that applies to your address, your budget, your development aspirations and the timeframes in which you expect to see financial returns. The three types of subdivisions commonly used in Perth and across Western Australia are Green Title, Survey Strata and Built Strata Subdivisions. Each has distinct characteristics and differing regulatory requirements. Before commencing any subdivision application, make sure you have a clear understanding of the different types of subdivisions and which is best suited to your development plans. For more information on the types of subdivisions, click here.