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Can you subdivide?

Before you begin, check first if your section can be sub divided under The Auckland Unitary Plan

To check on your property's zone in the Auckland Unitary Plan, click here and enter your address in the search box at the top. It should highlight your property on the map.

On the left hand side you should see a description of your property including the land zone, for example Residential - Mixed Housing Suburban Zone


Engage with a registered land surveyor - The Process

Stage 1

A good starting point to provide relevant information about your property. The surveyor will investigate all potential options specific to your site and compile a detailed report highlighting the financial costs and potential returns of the project.

Stage 2

Under the newly operative Auckland Unitary Plan we will investigate and determine whether your property is potentially subdividable. They will then talk you through the process of subdividing and Auckland Council's new rulebook around land development.

Stage 3

The first stage of land subdivision is preparing the subdivision resource consent application. They will organise and compile the required information including topographical survey and scheme plan, engineering/flood report, geotechnical report, CCTV investigation and concept house design.

Stage 4

The decision whether or not to go ahead and subdivide your property is all yours. They will provide you with all the information and guidance imperative to a successful and lucrative outcome.

Stage 5

After the resource consent for the subdivision has been granted we will continue with engineering approval and the installation of the civil services including waste and storm water, power, phone, fibre, water and gas. Finally we will ensure all works have been carried out in accordance with the approved subdivision plan.

Get an idea of overall costs

The subdivision of one residential property into two lots can vary significantly in cost due to a range of factors, in particular infrastructure issues.

Generally, the average two-lot subdivision can cost around $120,000 - $150,000 for an approved consent, a new certificate of title, professional fees and other requirements. It is also likely to be development contributions on top of this.


Is your section sub dividable under the new unitary plan?

The Unitary Plan rationalises the city's 99 old residential zones down to the following six:


* Single House - allows a single house on a single lot

* Mixed Housing Suburban - allows a mix of types of homes up to two storeys

* Mixed Housing Urban - allows a mix of housing types up to three storeys, and more density

* Terrace Housing and Apartment - allows for apartments from four to six storeys, and terraced houses

* Large Lot Residential - land that has physical or landscape constraints and is generally not serviced

* Rural and Coastal Settlement - applies to small rural and coastal villages, provides for single dwellings on a lot.

The Single House zone requires a minimum lot size of 600 square metres.
For site coverage allowances and information, click this link  Single House

The Mixed Housing Suburban zone encourages a mix of different types of homes of up to two storeys. For lots less than 1,000 square metres one dwelling will be permitted per 200 square metres net site area. There will be no density rules for lots larger than 1,000 square metres.
For site coverage allowances and information, click this link Mixed Housing Suburban

The Mixed Housing Urban zone will also provide for a mix of homes, but allows for more flexible density and heights of up to three storeys. No density rules will apply under this zone. For site coverage allowances and information, click this link Mixed Housing Urban

The Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings zone encourages the development of apartments ranging from four to six storeys in height, as well as terraced housing.  
For site coverage allowances and information, click this link Terraces and Apartments

The Large Lot Residential zone relates to land that is subject to physical or landscape constraints and is generally unserviced.  
For site coverage allowances and information, click this link Large Lot