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Subdivide and Build on your Land

Many Auckland property owners now have the opportunity to subdivide their property as a result of the new Auckland Unitary Plan. The Council’s Housing Action Plan identified a shortfall of residential dwellings of around 20-30,000 and a need for 13,000 new homes each year for the next 30 years, highlighting a significant opportunity for land owners to subdivide property in Auckland for sale, or subdivide and build.

The process of subdividing can be extremely complex, especially for someone new to it. In order to help our customers navigate this process, Ashcroft Homes offer Subdivision Specialists who can guide you through the entire process.

Ashcroft have a range of house plans that are especially suited to smaller subdivided sites and specifically designed for the Unitary Plan. These plans are designed to maximise the living spaces, minimize the footprint and make the very best use of the land they occupy.



When subdividing, the typical process consists of:

1. Topographic survey of the property.

This locates all existing features of the property including any existing houses, drainage lines and trees, and the contours of the land.

2. Prepare a scheme plan for the subdivision.

This often requires house plans to be included and we can provide these as part of our Intent to Progress agreement.

3. Prepare resource consent application.

This will normally be prepared by a surveyor or planner and usually includes engineering design for any drainage and access ways required.

4. Obtain resource consent from council.

There will normally be some queries during this process but once resource consent is granted then you have certainty of being able to carry out the subdivision.

5. Complete all physical works including installing drainage and services and right of way driveway if required
6. Apply for 224c certificate from council confirming all works complete
7. Apply for new titles

What costs are involved in subdividing your property?

The costs of subdividing include the resource consent application, installation of drainage,  services and driveways, legal and survey fees, and often most significantly council  development contributions.

Typically in Auckland a land subdivision for one lot into two will range between $90-120k, but this could be more depending on availability of drainage. Usually the cost will be less for  each additional lot. You also need to consider the tax implications of developing the land,  with which your accountant and lawyer will be able to assist.

At Ashcroft Homes, our Subdivision Specialists can help you to understand the subdivision cost to expect and then guide you through the entire land subdivision process. Click here to contact us now.

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