What is a Subdivision?
Subdivision is the process of altering legal property boundaries and creating new parcels of land with individual legal descriptions and Parcel Identifiers (PID). There are several types of subdivision:
- Fee Simple – subdividing land into two or more parcels.
- Bare Land Strata – creates strata lots within one parcel of land where the owners of each strata lot have joint ownership over common lands (common property) within the Bare Land Strata Plan.
- Building Strata – creates individual units within a building which have separate titles allowing each unit to be sold separately. However, each unit has joint ownership of common elements of the building or complex.
- Phased Strata – either a Bare Land Strata or a Building Strata that is built out over several phases as regulated by the Strata Property Act.
- Strata Conversion of an Existing Building or Dwelling – converts an existing building or dwelling (e.g. apartment building) to strata titled units for individual ownership.
Forms and Documents
- Subdivision Application Form [PDF - 165 KB]
- Subdivision User Guide [PDF - 330 KB]
- Subdivision Quick Reference Guide [PDF - 327 KB]
- Subdivision Approval Process Step by Step
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips to Remember
- Pre-application Research
- The City’s Subdivision Bylaw [PDF - 51 KB] establishes the works and services to be provided within and adjacent to a subdivision. The Bylaw also outlines design guidelines and construction standards.
- Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are imposed on developments to assist in the capital costs that are directly or indirectly related to the project.