Monday, July 27, 2020
Subdividing a property in Auckland may seem daunting, but it’s actually easier than it sounds, especially if you have the right information.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Auckland subdivision process:
Can my Auckland property be subdivided?
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, you first need to assess if your land is qualified to be subdivided. Subdivision in Auckland can differ from property to property, but here are the most common factors that you have to consider:
- Your property’s size
- The ground stability
- The zoning area where your property is located
- Potential risks and hazards
- The condition of the drainage and sewage system
- Vehicle, driveway, and parking access
Aside from these factors, you also have to consider the purpose of subdividing your property. Is it to build a new house? Is it strictly for family use? Are you subdividing for investment purposes? Are you looking to sell the subdivided lot? Knowing these things beforehand will help make the process smoother and allow you to have an accurate estimate of the cost.
How much does an Auckland subdivision cost?
Again, the cost of subdividing property in Auckland will depend on a range of factors, so there is no flat rate available.
These expenses will most likely include:
- consent processing fees
- professional fees
- feasibility assessment and general reports fees
- development contribution fees
- design plan creation
- connection to utilities like power, water, and the internet
- driveways and parking access
- Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) fees
How to subdivide property in Auckland
Now that we’ve got those out of the way, here’s the step-by-step breakdown of the Auckland subdivision process:
- Have the site assessed and surveyed to make sure that the property is eligible for subdivision. It’s best to work with a licensed surveyor to help you estimate the cost, duration, and scope of the project.
- Gather all the necessary reports (general and site-specific) as well as design plans to prepare the council application.
- Lodge the application with the council.
- Once your application is approved, you will receive a set of conditions that your subdivided property must adhere to. These include:
- survey conditions (legal plans, easements)
- engineering conditions (construction of drainage, driveways, and the like)
- certification and inspection conditions (proof of compliance to the Council’s conditions)
- financial conditions
5. Prepare any engineering plans and building consents. The council may need to approve these before you can begin any construction work on your subdivided property.
6. Begin site work, construction, and service connection.
7. Once construction is complete, you can then work on completing the legal survey plans and then lodge said plans to the LINZ.
8. Afterwards, you can apply for a completion certificate, which certifies that all conditions of the Resource Consent have been met. Once that’s done your solicitor can then apply for land titles.
Subdividing a property in Auckland may seem challenging at first glance, but with the right information and the help of the right people, going through this process can be smooth and even rewarding.