Subdivisions and sales

Subdivisions and sales

Land subdivision is the process of dividing a parcel of land into smaller sections with separate titles. Before listing a subdivided section on the MLS® System, members must consider the stage of the subdivided property and learn if it is officially subdivided, registered at the Land Titles Office, and if the title has been issued. Selling a section of land without being officially subdivided and registered at Land Titles is illegal, as Section 94(1) of the Land Titles Act states that no lots shall be sold under agreement for sale or otherwise according to any townsite or subdivision plan until a plan creating the lots has been registered.

It is best practice to ensure the title registration is complete before listing subdivisions for sale on the MLS® System for several reasons, including legal implications for the seller and their agents. Applying for a plot of land to be subdivided does not guarantee that the application will be approved. Each application goes through several stages, which may include referrals to other government agencies or departments. It can take several months before a final decision is made and the subdivision is registered at Land Titles (if approved).

To successfully subdividing land, clients should contact a professional or local planning authority to understand the process’s duration, entailment, and cost. Start early, as successful subdivision completion can take anywhere from three months to over a year. Be prepared by providing more information on features such as existing property lines, proposed plans, water/sewage disposal plans, and locations of existing buildings. Informing neighbouring landowners about any subdivision application may also be helpful.


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