Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know to sever (divide) my property?
What is a subdivision?
A subdivision is the division of a piece of land into two or more parcels.
A registered plan of subdivision creates new, separate parcels of land and can be legally used for the sale of lots.
Subdivision approval ensures that:
What is a Consent (land severance)?
A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form a new lot or a new parcel of land. This is commonly known as a consent. It is required, if you want to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement (at least 21 years) for a portion of your land. If the two parts are split already, by a road or railway for example, consent is not needed.
Most municipalities with an approved official plan have specific policies and requirements for land severance. In addition to the division of land, rights-of-way, easements and any change to your existing property boundaries also require land severance approval.
If several severances are intended in the same area, a plan of subdivision may be more appropriate. It is up to the consent-granting authority in your area to decide whether a consent is the best approach or if a plan of subdivision is necessary for the proper and orderly development of your community.
For more information, please contact the Planning Department: