Subdividing Your Property

This page provides information about the process for subdividing your property and the rules that govern subdivision in the Tasman District.

Rules Controlling Subdivision

The rules controlling subdivision are authorised by the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Act 2002 and are contained in three principal documents:

  • The Tasman Resource Management Plan that contains the rules covering things such as size, shape, frontage and access.
  • The Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) covering things such as requirements for development contributions.
  • The Council’s Engineering Standards & Policies 2008 covering the installation of new works and services.
  • For subdivision close to the coast the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement is also relevant.

Subdivision Consent

A subdivision consent from the Council is required for any subdivision that you wish to do.

Subdivision consent is required is to ensure that:

  • Any adverse effects that may arise from the subdivision are identified and appropriately dealt with;
  • All works and services are carried out and installed in terms of Council’s Engineering Standards & Policies 2008; and
  • The new allotments are suitable for the intended purpose.

Like any resource consent, subdivision consents are processed and assessed under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Subdivision Process

There are a number of steps involved in the subdivision of land so it can become a time consuming process. The simplest of subdivisions can take three to four months to complete while the more complicated or larger ones can take a lot longer. Although there are some statutory time periods associated with the subdivision consent process, the time taken to complete a subdivision rests entirely with the applicant.

Flow chart showing subdivision process (pdf, 39 KB)

It is possible to do some of the subdivision processes yourself, but there are some tasks that will require the involvement of professionals such as land surveyors, engineers and lawyers.

If you are considering applying for a subdivision, it is advisable to discuss this with a Subdivision Planner prior to making an application, by contacting the Subdivisions Team on (03) 5438400.  The best day for making an appointment to speak to a Subdivision Planner face to face is on a Wednesday.

Related Links

Types of Subdivisions

Issues to Consider for Subdivision