Subdivision is the process of dividing land into two or more parcels under the Land Title Act or Strata Property Act.  Before a subdivision is approved roads, sewage treatment and utilities have to be put in place.  Subdivisions are approved or rejected by a provincial “Approving Officer”.  In Sechelt, the Director of Development Services is the provincial Approving Officer for subdivision approval.  He/she has to make sure all subdivisions satisfy local and provincial requirements such as Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw, health regulations, environmental regulations, and subdivision servicing regulations.

Subdivision process

Subdivision approval starts with filling out the application form that identifies the proposed subdivision, paying the application fee and by providing all the necessary documentation that outlines the subdivision.  The District encourages you to meet with one of our planners at an early stage to discuss which requirements might apply to your specific situation.  When the application is complete, the proposal will be referred out for comments from agencies like Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, Fire Department, etc.  Based on the referral results you may receive “Preliminary Layout Review (PLR)”.  This is a letter outlining all the conditions that have to be met before the subdivision can be approved.  One of the main requirements for subdivision approval is a servicing agreement (prepared by the Engineering Department) that specifies required off site services (roads, sewers, drainage).  When all the conditions are met and the lots are serviced with utilities, the subdivision may be approved by the Approving Officer and forwarded to the Land Title Office for registration.

For more detailed information please review our Guide to the Subdivision Process.

Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw

Subdivision requirements include engineering standards for roads, sewer, and servicing.  Most applicants use registered professionals to outline a plan of subdivision, for example roads, sewer, septic systems, lot layout.  A complete and detailed overview of subdivision requirements is outlined in the District of Sechelt Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw No. 430, 2003.