What is the subdivision process?
- Preparing a
All subdivision applications made to the WAPC must include a plan of subdivision which has been prepared in accordance with the WAPC's guidelines. Alternatively licensed land surveyors are able to survey your lot, provide advice on how best to subdivide the land, prepare subdivision plans and lodge subdivision applications with the WAPC on your behalf. Please note that the City is unable to recommend any surveyors.
- Lodging an
Application to WAPC
Applications for subdivision must be made directly to the WAPC. Application Forms, Fees and Guidelines can be obtained from the Western Australian Planning Commission's website
- Referral to Relevant
Subdivision applications submitted to the WAPC are referred to the Local Government (as well as other relevant authorities and utility services) for comment. Once a subdivision application referral is received by the City, Officers have 42 days from the date of referral to:
- Assess the application
- Notify the WAPC of whether the application complies with the City of Wanneroo District Planning Scheme No. 2 and any relevant local policies.
- If the application complies with the relevant requirements, the City will recommend support subject to appropriate conditions.
If the WAPC supports the application, the applicant will receive approval with conditions that are required to the satisfied, prior to final endorsement of the subdivision. The approval is valid for a prescribed period of 4 years for subdivisions that create more than 5 lots and 3 years for subdivisions that create lots 5 and under.
A request to reconsider the conditions of a subdivision approval may be made to the WAPC within 28 days of the date of approval. If the proponent is still not satisfied with the conditions or the decision after reconsideration, the proponent may appeal the decision and/ or the conditions to the State Administrative Tribunal within 28 days of the reconsidered decision.
The conditions imposed on the preliminary approval usually require a certain level of work to be undertaken prior to the clearance of conditions. Once all necessary work is completed, in accordance with the conditions, clearance of the conditions may be obtained.
To gain clearance of Local Government conditions from the City of Wanneroo, the applicant is required to submit a subdivision clearance application after the required works have been undertaken. On receipt of the application, the City will then check that all conditions have been met and if the City is satisfied will issue a clearance letter for all the relevant conditions along with a stamped and signed plan of survey.
When all conditions have been cleared and the necessary 'clearance letters' have been obtained from all the relevant authorities, the applicant must apply to the Western Australian Planning Commission for endorsement of the Deposited/ Strata Plan.
Following final approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission, the applicant must lodge the endorsed Deposited/ Strata Plan at the Land Title Office of Landgate to obtain new titles.