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Subdivision and survey-strata applications

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) assesses and determines applications for subdivision, amalgamation and survey-strata.

The WAPC is required to determine subdivision applications within 90 days of an application being lodged as per the Planning and Development Act 2005.  Within this 90-day statutory period, the City of Mandurah would have 42 days to provide comments.

The City of Mandurah assesses applications based on Town Planning Scheme No 3 and relevant Outline Development Plans, Local Planning Policies and the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).

To proceed with any subdivision, it is recommended that a licensed land surveyor be engaged to make the necessary applications and ultimate creation of titles through the Department of Land Information.


Types of subdivision

A subdivision application may be:

  • Freehold (or ‘Green-Title’), where a parcel of land is privately owned in its own right and there isn't any shared land in common ownership;
  • Survey-Strata, where a lot and associated common property are shown on a registered survey-strata plan.  A survey-strata lot is a common form of strata that divides a property based on the land only and not by the buildings on a site. A survey-strata may, or may not, have common property (i.e. a common driveway), and like other forms of strata may also have by-laws and a strata company.


Residential subdivision

For residential development, the Residential Design Codes outline the minimum and average lot size requirements that need to be met.  The R-Codes can be found on the right hand side of the page.