What is Subdivision?
Subdivision is the process of altering legal property boundaries. Most often this involves the division of a larger property into smaller lots. It may also include the realignment of an existing property, or the consolidation of one or more properties into a single parcel.
Legislation regulating the subdivision process can be found in the Local Government Act, and the Land Title Act of British Columbia. In New Westminster the Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw No. 7142, 2007 requires that all subdivisions be approved by the City’s Approving Officer. The Director of Engineering Services has been appointed by Council as the City’s Approving Officer.
The subdivision process ensures that:
- New lots are adequately serviced with water, sewers, underground electrical, communications, street lighting, roads, sidewalks, street trees, and other requirements identified by the City.
- The subdivision meets the minimum lot size and frontage requirements under the Zoning Bylaw.
- The subdivision supports future development of neighbouring properties.
- The subdivision is consistent with the requirements of the Official Community Plan, Bylaws and City Policies.
We have more information about subdivisions in this guide: Subdivisions Guide. For more information, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-527-4592 or at if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your application.