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If you own property and want to sub-divide it and develop the different sub-divisions, you need approval from the lands department. Such approval is only guaranteed upon successful lodging of an application and meeting of laid down requirements. While it is possible to handle the process yourself, the application process can be lengthy. You have to fill out different forms, meet strict standards, sort through many documents, and make numerous visits to the local lands authority offices.
That is why property owners need a licensed surveyor who can streamline the complex land-division process. This article highlights the role a surveyor plays in the land-division process.
Draw the Plan of Proposed Land Division -- One key requirement needed when lodging a land-division application is a plan of the proposed land division. It indicates the plans you have for the property, and the information is required by the Development Assessment Commission (DAC). This is because any proposed property development must follow laid down development regulations. For instance, if local regulations don't allow you to develop a storey structure in the property, then your plan must observe the order. Since a licensed surveyor understands these requirements, they will draw a plan that meets local authority regulations. Consequently, it increases the chances of your application getting approved.
Confirm New Titles with Land-Division Plan -- Although the land-division process can take weeks or even months — depending on the complexity of the land division — following the laid down guidelines can help to speed up the process. Once you have satisfied the requirements set by the titles office, the department will issue new titles per the land-division plan. Unfortunately, property owners that decide to handle the application process alone often forget to confirm the new titles against the land-division plan. If you do this, you might realise that one of the new titles don't match your proposed land-division plan and any corrections might take time. A licensed surveyor, on the other hand, will — upon receipt of the new titles — make sure they first compare each title to the proposed land-division plan. Any discrepancies will then be forwarded to the titles office for immediate action.
Work with Conveyancer -- In some cases, a mortgage, encumbrance or caveat might be registered to the property to be divided. Such arrangements can make it difficult for the land-division process to commence, especially if you cannot get a hold of the relevant parties tied to the piece of land. The land surveyor will also find it challenging to commence the drawing of the proposed land-division plan. Therefore, a land surveyor will work with the conveyancer to get the other parties to consent to the proposed land division. The surveyor is well-positioned to explain the technical aspects of the land division.Share