Once you have decided to apply for a Planning Permit, the Council will circulate a copy of your subdivision proposal to authorities including the area’s water and sewer authority, the local electricity and gas infrastructure authority and other relevant authorities, as well as your neighbours for comments.
<b> Note: </b> The conditions as stated in the Subdivision Planning Permit for an unoccupied land subdivision shall ensure that all provisions including and not limited to water, sewer, drainage, gas, electricity etc are present. Note that ensuring these exist, it is possible you may have to pay for physical works including and not limited to increasing capacities of the drainage system, re-locating existing services and even establishing new easements that allow one block to obtain services on a portion of land under suitable land positioning
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The Council is responsible for many important roles during the land subdivision process. The Planning Section’s Subdivision Officer of the concerned Council will overlook your land subdivision process. It is advised to contact the concerned Council Planning Officers for initial advice to determine if your property is potentially apt for the proposed land subdivision and costs (approximate) related to it. If you have plans to develop more than one the allotments, the factors the Planning Officers will look into include:
After seeking advice from the Subdivision Planning Officer at your local Council, you plan on going through the land subdivision process, the next step will be to appoint a Land Surveyor who will help in measuring the land and assist you in deciding the right position for the new boundary construction.
Note: The Land Surveyor in charge will install surveyor’s pegs in the ground while taking measurements and assisting boundary positioning. These positions are subject to change as the process moves from the proposal stage to the final survey step.
Once the boundary positions have been established, the Surveyor will then note (draw) the proposal plan and fill the Application for Planning Permit for you.
At Low Cost Draftsman, we use the Online Planning Portal (known as SPEAR, which connects Council and Surveyors efficiently) to file your application for Subdivision Planning Permit. The Land Surveyor will launch your application and will keep an eye on the process’ progress.
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Once everything’s in place, the Land Surveyor will get working to prepare the fully certified plan of subdivision copy and have it uploaded on SPEAR for the Council’s certification. Once conditions from the Planning Permit are met with 100% satisfaction, the Surveyor will actively involve themselves to get the Statement of Compliance from the Council at the earliest.
A Surveyor’s role is to ensure that your property meets all Planning Permit criteria successfully and also assist you throughout the process, recommending and suggesting methods to ensure your land subdivision is a smooth and hassle-free process.
Surveyor fees can anywhere between a minimum of $3,000.00. For small scale subdivisions (anywhere between 2-5 lots) the charges rarely go over $6,000.00. The fee charged by the Land Surveyor depends on the extent and capacity of the property project. Application fees for Council and Authorities’ as applicable.
Conveyancing can be understood as the transfer of legal title of the property from one person to another or is granting of an encumbrance such as a mortgage or a lien.
A conveyancing transaction has two major phases: the exchange of contracts and completion.
The exchange of contracts is when the equitable interests are created. While the completion is when the legal titles have been passed and the equitable rights merge with the legal title. It is also known as settlement.
The charges for the whole subdivision process depends on the type of property under subdivision, the area where the subdivision is taking place. With costs like GST are applicable and the process at all stages must comply with sections and go as per the Planning Permit. While it may look easy on the outside, the process of meeting Council stated conditions, qualifying for Planning permit and issue of Statement of Compliance can be a long process that if you do it all by yourself will take extra hours and might not yield desired results.
At Low Cost Draftsman, we understand your need for land subdivision and we aim at smoothing the process of issue of Statement of Compliance. Our Surveyors are efficient and understand your vision. They are always practical with your planning and boundary positioning needs, actively assist from start to finish of the planning permit issue process.