A subdivision changes the legal property boundaries of a plot of land. If you would like to divide your land into two or more plots of land, you will need to complete a subdivision application. Subdivisions include:

  • dividing a property into smaller lots
  • consolidating several lots under different subdivision plans into one lot
  • creating a Bare Land Strata
  • changing the alignment of an existing property line

Submit a Subdivision Application

Depending on the scale/complexity of the project prior to submitting an application, you may need to take part in a pre-application review with the City. To apply for a subdivision, you need to make an appointment to submit your application at the Planning and Development front counter located on the second floor of City Hall at 100 Newport Dr. The application submission should include:

  • Completed subdivision application
  • Application fee
  • Certificate of Title, dated no more than 30 days prior to the application
  • Letter of Intent that outlines the current use, proposed use, and justification for the proposal
  • Site profile, if required by the Environmental Management Act, Contaminated Sites Regulations, Schedule 2
  • Reports and plans detailing the proposal and demonstrating its feasibility and assessing its impact
  • Site Survey, prepared by a licensed BC Land Surveyor
  • Arborist's Preliminary Site Assessment
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • Site Servicing Plan prepared by a professional engineer

Review the Subdivision Application Process Brochure for detailed application instructions.

Application review

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by a variety of internal departments and external agencies before it receives a preliminary approval letter. You may need to submit additional information or revise the proposal as a result of the initial review process.

Preliminary Letter of Requirement

The City’s Approving Officer issues a Preliminary Letter of Requirement (PLR) letter. This letter provides a preliminary list of technical requirements for final approval of the subdivision.

Subdivision approval

Once all necessary technical and legal requirements are addressed and the City has received approval from necessary external agencies, the applicant must pay all associated fees.

If the survey plan is acceptable and all conditions of the PLA are fulfilled, the Approving Officer signs the subdivision plans, along with any other required documentation. You, or your solicitor, is required to deposit the plans at the Land Title Office within 60 days of receiving final approval.

Coordinating other development approvals

It may be necessary for the applicant to address other approval processes at the same time, including: Development Permit, Development Authorization, North Shore Development Authorization, Development Variance Permit, Rezoning applications, etc. These approvals may affect the timing of final subdivision approval.

Small Lot Subdivisions – Single Detached Residential (RS1-S)

Review our Guide to Small Lot Subdivisions (PDF) for more information about this process.