Subdivision of Land Process
Subdividing a parcel of land is a complex process that requires a number of specific steps and detailed technical information.
The landowner may make an application for subdivision, or hire an individual such as a professional planning consultant or an Alberta Land Surveyor, to make an application on the owner's behalf.
The process of approval flowchart outlines the necessary steps.
The Current Planning Branch processes applications to:
- Subdivide land into two or more parcels (online)
- Create bare land condominium units (online)
- Convert existing buildings into condominiums.
Each application is reviewed to determine:
- Compliance with statutory plans including neighbourhood area redevelopment plans, neighbourhood area structure plans and neighbourhood structure plans
- Compliance with the City of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw
- Compliance with the Subdivision Design Guidelines
- See also the Subdivision Design Guidelines: Interpretation
- If the parcel created has access to a road or a lawful means of access satisfactory to the Subdivision Authority
- If the parcel created is suitable for its intended use including environmental considerations
- If the parcel created is serviceable
- If the parcel created acts in character with the surrounding properties
These are the minimum requirements needed to make an application for subdivision.
- One application for subdivision completed online using the Online Land Development Application form.
- The correct application fee, to be paid by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or debit/interac.
- One digital copy of all Certificate of Titles in PDF, TIFF, JPG or GIF format.
The copy may be obtained from any Edmonton Registries office. The applicant will be responsible for the conversion of the certificate to a digital format. The copy is to be validated within 30 days of the submission of the application.
- One digital copy of the tentative plan of subdivision in a DWG format. All submissions in AutoCAD must be set in AutoCAD 14. A copy of your t-plan must be included in your online application in PDF format and attached under supporting documents. Some referral agencies do not have the necessary software in place to review DWG files at this time.
Autocad files available
The two AutoCAD® Seed files have been created specifically to submit information to the City of Edmonton's Spatial Land Information Management system.
The files are intended as starting points for creating tentative plans or other documents that you may wish to submit along with your Land Development Application to Sustainable Development at the City of Edmonton.
The plan must include the following:
- The location, dimensions and boundaries of the land to be subdivided
- The land that the applicant wishes to register in a land titles office
- The location, dimensions, and boundaries of each new lot to be created and any reserve land
- The existing rights-of-way of each public utility, or other rights-of-way
- The location, use and dimensions of buildings on the land that is the subject of the application and specifying those buildings that are proposed to be demolished or moved
- The approximate location and boundaries of the bed and shore of any river, stream, watercourse, lake or other body of water that is contained within or bounds the proposed parcel of land
- Description of the use or uses proposed for the land that is the subject of the application
- If the proposed lots are to be served by individual wells and private sewage disposal systems, the location of any existing or proposed wells, the location and type of any private sewage disposal systems and the distance from these to existing or proposed buildings and property lines
- The existing and proposed access to the proposed parcels and the remainder of the titled area
- The proposed roads identified as numbered or named streets and avenues
Contact the Names Advisory Planner at 780-496-6226 for information about street names
The Subdivision Authority may require an applicant to submit, in addition to a complete application for subdivision, any or all of the following:
- A map of the land that is to be subdivided and showing topographic contours at intervals no greater than 1.5 metres apart and related to existing survey information, where practicable
- If a proposed subdivision is not to be served by a water distribution system, information supported by the report of a person qualified to make it, respecting the provision, availability and suitability of potable water on or to the land to be subdivided
- An assessment of subsurface characteristics of the land that is to be subdivided, including but not limited to susceptibility to slumping or subsidence, depth to water table and suitability for any proposed on site sewage disposal system
- If the land that is the subject of an application is located in a potential flood plain and flood plain mapping is available, a map showing the 1:100 year flood
- If a proposed subdivision is not to be served by a wastewater collection system, information supported by the report of a person qualified to make it, respecting the intended method of providing sewage disposal facilities to each lot in the proposed subdivision
- Information respecting the land use and land surface characteristics of land within 0.8 kilometres of the land proposed to be subdivided
- If any portion of the parcel of land affected by the proposed subdivision is situated within 1.5 kilometres of a sour gas facility, a map showing the location of the sour gas facility
- A conceptual scheme that relates the application to future subdivision and development of adjacent areas
- An appraisal report prepared by an Alberta Land Appraiser if reserves are owing and money in place for reserves is requested
- Subdivision Computation Sheet prepared by the applicant
- Environmental Site Assessment if the land to be subdivided is zoned industrial
It is in your best interest to ensure your application is complete. Only complete applications will be accepted.
After you apply for subdivision
Your application will be circulated to city departments, other affected agencies, and in some cases, adjacent landowners for their comments and recommendations. The responses will be reviewed and your application will be approved or refused.
If your application is refused, you can appeal that decision to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
If your application is approved by the Subdivision Authority, it may be subject to certain conditions such as the request for an easement to protect a utility service or access to a property or properties. Another common condition of subdivision is that the applicant enter into a servicing agreement with the municipality in order to construct certain improvements such as sewers, water, and roads so that the properties within the subdivision are properly serviced.
The applicant may also be required to pay certain fees and assessments, such as sewer or roadway assessments, which help pay for larger shared infrastructure from which the lands will benefit. See Fees and Assessments and Financing New Sanitary Sewer Trunk Construction for additional information.
The Servicing Agreements web page contains more information on the issue.
For more information:
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