In order to begin the process of subdivision, a plan must be submitted to the relevant council authority. Their role is to check that the plans meet the planning requirements in the relevant jurisdiction. If there is no conflict, a permit will not be required. However, in most cases, development will require a planning permit.

In their considerations councils or the relevant authorities, are likely to focus on some of the following issues:

  • Is the proposed development or subdivision appropriate, given the location?
  • Does the site have any defects that would need to be overcome for the development to proceed?
  • Does the proposed development provide for sufficient open space?
  • Does the development affect key issues regarding the future development of infrastructure?
  • Will the development compliment the current municipal planning scheme?
  • Will the development fall within the boundaries of ‘the council’s planning regime for the future?