Subdivision is the ability to: create several lots from one or more
parcels; create strata lots; readjust an existing property line; or
to consolidate properties. Subdivisions are defined in the
Act and the Strata Property Act.
Everyone wanting to subdivide land must have their subdivision
approved by an Approving Officer appointed under the
Land Title Act. The Ministry of Transportation Approving Officers are responsible
for subdivisions in the rural areas of the province, outside of municipal boundaries.
These Provincial Approving Officers are
quasi-judicial officials who act independently to ensure that the
subdivision complies with Provincial Acts and Regulations as well as
bylaws, and to protect the best interests of the public. In
municipal areas, the municipal council appoints an Approving Officer
who has similar independence and authority.
The Approving Officer has the authority to consider provincial laws,
official community plans, zoning and subdivision servicing bylaws
and other relevant information to decide whether to approve a
Subdivision Servicing BylawA Subdivision Servicing Bylaw regulates the works and services that are required as part of the subdivision of land. This can include:
There can be different requirements in different
circumstances, areas, land uses, zones and types of highways
(roads). For example, a single family home needs a different size of
water pipe than an industrial factory.