Subdivision Frequently Asked Questions
Can I subdivide my land?
This is the million dollar question that everyone has on their lips in W.A
As the title of your property can affect your right of use, it is important to understand the differences of each type of subdivision and which category your property falls into in the R-Codes.
Subdividing in Western Australia for the typical home owner will fall under 1 of 2 main types of subdivision; Survey Strata Subdivision (or) Green Title Subdivision.
The first and most important question to be answered is “Can I Subdivide My Land...”
The answer to this question will come down to a variety of things;
1. What is my area zoning (R-Code)?
2. Do I have the required land area in the new lots I wish to create?
3. Have I got the right frontage for a side by side subdivision?
4. Have I got the right clearance between the house and fence for a rear lot subdivision?
5. Have I considered the total costs of property subdivision?
Most people are completely unaware of the many stages in the subdivision process and the costs that come with dealing with these stages! Our goal is to teach you the process, so you can gain experience in Land Development.
How to select a company to manage your subdivision?
Companies who offer project management who are not practicing land surveying companies generally operate on lump sum contracts in which they co-ordinate the contractors for you and manage the subdivision process on your behalf. This means you will foot a bigger bill, than if you project managed your own subdivision.
Overpriced Project Management Companies are 100% reliant on surveyors to undertake the complex tasks during the subdivision. It makes sense to always use a Land Surveying company to manage your subdivision as you are dealing direct with the professionals who sign off on your final subdivision plan prior to it being lodged at Landgate. With you managing the other trades yourself for fencing, plumbing, electrical and demolition, you are sure to make significant savings across the project.
Cost to subdivide land in Perth!
Cost Breakdown – Battle Axe Block: Keeping House
This will be a straight forward subdivision with minimum site works. The existing house will remain and there are no modifications to the building or renovations required. You will do the absolute minimum to get the lots ready for sale.
Approximate cost here will typically be $30,000.
This $30k should cover you for everything including your government fees, land surveyor fees, plumbing / electrical / settlement and service headworks fees. Adding things like retaining walls & fences or doing a basic site clean for a new rear lot can push the costs up closer to $35k-$37k depending on who you engage and how much they charge.
Cost Breakdown – Battle Axe Block: Removing House
This will be a straight forward subdivision with minimum site works. You will add all of the above-mentioned items in “Cost Bracket 1” but this time include demolition of the existing house at a cost of approximately $15k - $25k with maybe some outbuildings or sheds to be removed.
Approximate Cost typically will be $45,000 - $55,000.
Obviously here the only difference will be the added costs of demolishing the buildings on site which typically amount to the greatest cost on a small 2 lot subdivision project. We see prices for Demo of buildings varying between $15k and $25k on average so it is vital you shop around for the right Demo company to keep project costs down.