Picking the Best Property for Subdivision

If you are looking at the idea of buying a property or land with the aim to split it into two or three blocks to sell off, choosing the right purchase can be critical.

What Is Subdivision

Subdivision can be one of the most profitable strategies of property investment, but when you start looking at what is available on the market, you will need to make sure you will get approval from the local council to subdivide, because each council has different rules.

Local Council Approval

To get across the line for subdivision, you will primarily need to comply with the local town planner’s minimum lot size.

Elements of Subdivision Approval

There are three elements to this:

  1. Width
  2. Overall square meterage
  3. Zoning – because subdividing property is only allowed in certain zoning types.

You can easily access any town planning scheme online to check the area you are looking at buying in. 

Key Factors for Subdivision Success

There are six key starting points to look for when searching for a good property or land to subdivide.

1. Land Size

The rules around minimum plot sizes allowed for subdivision vary from council to council, but anything over 700 square metres is a good starting point and will usually get you over the line.

2. Room for a Driveway

Councils does not like it if you plan to build right up to the property’s boundary line, so make sure there is enough space between the house’s exterior and the boundary for a 2.5-3.5 metre driveway.

3. Flat Land

Subdividing on a flat block is generally cheaper and easier than a sloping plot of land. Sloping land can require bigger minimum plot sizes by the local council, and you will also need to build retaining walls that add to the total construction cost.

4. Corner Blocks

If you can find a corner block for your subdivision project, you are on a winner as they can be divided into two lots with both being able to face the street, both having frontal access, and both having kerbs and guttering on each side.

5. Solid Structures

If you are looking at subdividing within an established house, check that the bones of it are solid, and it will keep the construction costs down.

6. Zoning Rules

Always check with the local council first that the property youare buying complies with the town planning zoning rules for subdivision.


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