Subdivision Certificates (SC)
What is a Subdivision Certificate?
A Subdivision Certificate allows a person to lodge a plan of subdivision with NSW Land & Property Information (LPI). The plan of subdivision identifies each of the allotments approved under the original consent (if required) or each allotment subject to an exempt boundary adjustment. The plan of subdivision is required to be prepared by a registered surveyor.
All types of subdivision (Torrens, Strata and Community Title) are required to be registered with NSW LPI before a new ‘allotment’ of a subdivision of land can be created.
The release of a Subdivision Certificate confirms that the Principal Certifying Authority (Council or Accredited Certifier) is satisfied that works are completed in accordance with the applicable Development Consent and that the land is suitable to occupy.
What are the types of Subdivision Certificate?
A Torrens Title subdivision involves the creation of new allotments from an existing allotment or a boundary adjustment involving adjoining properties. Torrens Title Subdivision is usually created so that each of the new allotments can be owned as freehold land.
Only Council can issue Subdivision Certificates for Torrens Title Subdivision (with the exception of certain road widening and acquisition plans that are able to be issued by other public authorities).
A Strata Title subdivision is most commonly used for apartment buildings, commercial and industrial developments. The boundaries of the lots in a strata plan are defined by permanent structures such as walls. Strata title subdivides the air space above the land not the land.
At the commencement of a strata scheme, an owners corporation is set up which is a body corporate of all of the lot owners in the scheme. The body corporate is responsible for maintenance and repairs of common property.
Council or a suitably accredited private certifier can issue Subdivision Certificates for Strata Title subdivision.
A Community Title subdivision enables the owners within the plan to share or have the use of community land set aside for parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, or whatever community facilities are available within the plan. This type of subdivision is able to include individual dwellings, shops and other facilities. Each owner of an allotment included in the plan contributes levies for the cost of maintaining communal property.
Council is the only authority that can issue a Subdivision Certificate for a Community Title Scheme.
How do I apply for a Subdivision Certificate?
An application form is available at Council’s Customer Service Centre or may be downloaded here.
The following information is required to be submitted with your Subdivision Certificate application:
- Plan of subdivision/strata: the original plan of subdivision prepared by a qualified surveyor and six (6) copies of the original plan.
- Section 88 Instrument: any plans which propose easements, rights of way, covenants or the like that are to be created under Section 88 of the Conveyancing Act 1919, must be accompanied with an instrument prepared under the Conveyancing Act 1919. The original and six (6) copies of this instrument are to be provided.
- Development Consent or a Complying Development Certificate: provision of a Development Consent or a Complying Development Certificate and confirmation that all relevant conditions of consent have been satisfied.
- Community Management Statement: a Community Management Statement is required to be submitted with any Community Title subdivision application.
- Certificate of Compliance: a certificate of compliance (Section 73 Certificate) from Sydney Water for the subdivision of land subdivision into Torrens title (if land is situated within a Sydney Water service area).
- Subdivision works: for subdivisions involving subdivision works, evidence that the works have been satisfactorily completed.
What is the fee for a Subdivision Certificate?
The fees for a Subdivision Certificate are provided in Hawkesbury Council’s Operational Plan – Fees & Charges. In some cases the Seal of Council is required to be shown on the final plan of subdivision for which an additional fee is applicable. Council can provide a written fee quote on request.
How long does it take to process a Subdivision Certificate?
Council processes complete Subdivision Certificates generally within 7 days after an application meeting all lodgement requirements is submitted.
What do I do when I have received my Subdivision Certificate?
Once your approved Subdivision Certificate and plans have been returned to you by Council, you can lodge your plans for registration with LPI.
NSW Land & Property Information website contains information relating to the registration process.
Contact Council’s Duty Officer on (02) 4560 4444 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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