Urban Subdivisions

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Urban Subdivisions

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

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Let us guide you through the entire process.

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.

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Working with council.

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.

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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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Process and Prices


Subdivision Process

The subdivision process is not for the fainthearted.  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:


  • A full Resource Consent Application is presented to council including many reports and plans covering site detail, building suitability, planning, environmental, contamination and often more.
  • Council consider all the effects and issue a consent detailing the conditions that need to be complied with, including legal and physical items.
  • Construction of access and services for all new sections, including electricity, water and wastewater, must then be undertaken in accordance with tight specifications.
  • We are required to certify to Council that all construction and legal conditions have been satisfied precisely in accordance with their specifications.
  • A legal survey must also be undertaken.  This is a detailed technical process which creates the new boundaries and meshes them with all existing titles.  The result that you see is the white boundary pegs and these are the basis of a new title that is guaranteed by the state.
  • Council approves the process at various stages and, following their final approval, the survey is approved by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
  • Your solicitor then obtains the final titles through LINZ and you are finally able to sell the land
  • We guide you every step of the way.


Land Survey Process

When we carry out a site detail (topographical) survey, boundary pegging, building set out or certification of boundary clearance for daylighting or site coverage, the pegs 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 search the title and old plans, and note any restrictions such as easement restrictions for right of way or service connections.  That’s one reason that we need plenty of warning that you need help.

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 NZ and Council.

There is much more to surveying than a field trip with some specialised technology and equipment. 


Our Guarantee

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. 

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Rural Subdivision (October 2018)
1 October 2018

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Rural Subdivision (September 2018)

Plan Ahead (September 2018)
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 Plan Ahead (September 2018) 

New Waikato Subdivision Rules (August 2018)
1 August 2018

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New Waikato Subdivision Rules (August 2018)


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