Whether you're in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato or Coromandel region, our experienced surveyors are just a
phone call away to help with the subdivision of your urban property
Whether you have purchased a larger property with a view to capitalising on the potential or own a large section, we can help you.
With property values on the rise, subdivision to create new building sites is a real option so let us guide you through the entire process.
A subdivision requires a Resource Consent from Council. This is where we can save you the pain – if you have ever tried to get a consent from Council you will understand! There is a book of rules an inch thick and Council generally require a professional to certify that all their rules have been met. We have the knowledge and years of experience to manage the entire process for you, take all the stress away and obtain a good approval. We have completed hundreds of these applications and know what information is required. We can prepare accurate plans and assessments of environmental effects to support the proposal. A well-prepared application can most often secure the most favourable conditions. To request more information on this service, please use our enquiry form.
We promise to get to know you, listen and take the time to understand the ins and outs of your project.
We don’t just obtain consent, we assist you by arranging for all the service connections and construction that needs to take place to complete a subdivision and then carry out legal surveying for titles.
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1) Subdivision Process
The subdivision process is not for the faint-hearted. It is complex and highly regulated, requiring specialist knowledge, resources and plenty of time. Regularly taking nine months to complete it can take much longer, depending on council process and requirements, construction and legal aspects. We will guide you and control the entire process that you must comply with to obtain your titles in a timely manner. The process includes:
There are many variables in undertaking a subdivision and as a result costs can vary. They will also vary between districts and with the size of the subdivision. The mains costs are generally but not limited to:
As a guideline, you can expect to invest between $50,000 and $90,000 by the time the new title issues for even a straight forward subdivision creating one new title. For multiple titles there is often a significant saving per title depending on the costs of servicing.
As mentioned, the process is not for the faint-hearted as it is complex and highly regulated. So, it is a lengthy process that can take nine months at least and sometimes much longer depending on Council, Specialist Consultant and Contractor availability, the size of the project and project management.
A section price is often said to be made up of one-third land cost, one-third development costs and one-third profit and risk. Often, if you are subdividing carefully, the existing title will not devalue much, therefore leading to additional profit. As an example, if the sale price of a new title/section in your area is around $300,000 then you could expect that you could invest around $100,000 to produce it.
2 )Site Survey Process (including replacing boundary pegs and certification for building)
When we carry out site detail (topographic) surveys, boundary pegging, building set out or certification of boundary clearance for daylighting or site coverage, the pegs and/or plan you see are a small part of the job.
Before anything can be done in the field, we must establish the location and research relevant boundary and height datum information. We need to research the title and old survey plans, and note any restrictions such as easements for right of way or service connections. That’s why we need plenty of notice before we can help you.
We then need to carry out precise calculations and upload the information into our equipment. With this done, we can be really efficient on site, where information is set out and gathered before returning to the office.
On our return to the office we need to carry out the further calculations, quality checks, drawings and certifications that are required. These certifications are often required for Land Information New Zealand and Council.
There is much more to surveying than a field trip with some specialised technology and equipment.
Site Survey Costs
The costs for these various surveying tasks vary depending on the site conditions, age of the title, information available and detail required.
As a guide, the following range should give you a general idea of what to expect. However, we price all projects individually:
All these tasks can take up to several weeks to complete so please don’t call us the day before you need the survey information or pegs in the ground. We need to research information and undertake calculations so that the field work can be carried out effectively. We also need time to confirm the requirements with you and other consultants that may be working on your project.
Obtaining a good site (topographic) plan or locating those elusive boundary pegs early in the building or development process will set your project up to run smoothly. Architects and engineers rely on our accurate record of site information to design the best solutions – helping you ‘make the most of your land’.
We guarantee our advice.
For Subdivisions - We keep up with the subdivision rules and fully investigate every proposal before advising you. We will listen to your ideas and advise you if it is one where we can offer this guarantee. If it is, and you follow our advice and process, we guarantee to refund our fees if Council declines your application. For further information call us now.
For Topographical Surveys, Boundary Adjustments and Repeging - We guarantee all our work. Because we have proven quality processes we guarantee to give you accurate peg positions, contours and other site information. If something is wrong with our data, we'll fix it fast.