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A zoning by-law may regulate parcel size or lot density into
which land can be divided and establishes requirements with respect
to lot standards and frontage requirements. The Ministry of Transportation
and Highways are the Approving Authority for subdivisions within
unincorporated areas. Application forms can be obtained from
the Ministry of Transportation and Highways Office or the Regional
How do I subdivide my land?
These steps need to be followed:
- The Regional District has a zoning
by-law for the whole Regional District. This by-law establishes
lot sizes which must be adhered to when designing a subdivision.
Contact the Planning Department of the Regional District to see
what regulations affect your land.
- Once you know the lot size restrictions involved, you can make application to subdivide at
the Ministry of Transportation and Highways Office.
- Transportation and Highways will tell you what their restrictions are regarding roads, paving, ditching, etc.
- The Health Unit will also be involved in your plans as your proposed lots will have to show
that safe and sanitary sewage disposal is possible and proof of
potable water (if no water system exists). Therefore, you should
contact this agency after you have picked up the Subdivision Application
Forms from Ministry of Transportation and Highways (NOTE: The
Ministry of Health requirements are included in Ministry of Transportation
and Highways Subdivision "package".
- If you are within a waterworks
district, your local water board office will also have to approve
your new connection.
- If your land is within the
Agricultural Land Reserve, you cannot subdivide unless you have
received permission from the BC Agricultural Land Commission.
(See the ALR item for details.)