The Provincial Government has granted municipalities the power to regulate the subdivision of land. Subdivision is the legal mechanism to create new parcels of land. The subdivision process is governed by the Municipality's zoning and subdivision bylaws and the Provincial Government's Land Title Act and Local Government Act.
When is a Subdivision Required?
In the case where a property owner wants to create a new fee simple parcel of land (not including Strata) out of an existing parcel, then subdivision approval is required. Subdivision can take the following forms:
- consolidating two or more parcels into one parcel;
- adjusting or realigning an existing property line; or
- creating several parcels from one or more existing parcels.
Please see Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw and Schedules (Bylaw 677) for more details.