Land Division

Land division includes

  • The alteration of the boundaries of land
  • The division of land into at least two or more allotments
  • Large scale developments containing numerous allotments

There are four different types of land title - Torrens Title, Community Title, Community Strata Title (and, for an existing strata scheme, Strata Title).

Land division applications can also include the demolition of existing structures and/or construction of new dwellings (these plans would need to be lodged with SCAP at the same time as the land division documents). Alternatively separate applications can be lodged with Council for the demolition and dwellings.

Dividing land can be a costly and a timely process. It is recommended that you seek preliminary advice from Council’s Planning Section, or alternatively seek advice from a Planning Consultant as to what options you may have and the likelihood of approval.

The City of Mitcham's land division requirements can be downloaded below.

Land Division Table 1

Land Division Guide for Applicants

Applications for Land Division are lodged with the State Commission Assessment Panel.

The State Commission Assessment Panel will forward copies of the development application to various state agencies including Council, who determine what requirements they may have in respect to the proposal.

Land Surveyor

It is recommended that you employ a Land Surveyor to investigate and prepare your application. Surveyors can provide advice on the merits of the various forms of land division, lodge the application for you with the State Commission Assessment Panel and advise on Lands Titles Office requirements.

The surveyor will initiate survey work over the subject land and prepare a draft plan in accordance with the Lands Titles Office standards.

The surveyor will then lodge the application with the State Commission Assessment Panel who will notify the surveyor/lodging agent of the State Commission Assessment Panel number. The State Commission Assessment Panel will also forward copies of the development application to various state agencies responsible for providing utilities and services such as ETSA Utilities, SA Water and Transport SA. These authorities will determine what requirements they may have in respect to the proposal. Copies of the application are also forwarded to the Council, who as the relevant planning authority will assess the proposed land division against its requirements for the proposed use. Once all conditions and requirements are met the state agencies and council give clearance and the State Commission Assessment Panel issues a Certificate of Approval.

State Planning Commission

Phone: (08) 7109 7466
Post: GPO Box 1815, Adelaide SA 5001

For further information on Land Division please visit SA Government website