The million-dollar question that I get asked all the time is: can I subdivide my property?

So if you want to know if you can subdivide your property.

Then stick around because in this article I’m going to share the exact steps that you need to take to figure it out for your own property.

It’s important to note that just because you can subdivide your property it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

With that said, the focus of this article is on whether you can and not if you should.

Whether you can or not is going to depend on a number of factors including, your land dimensions and your ability to comply with things such as car turning circle and parking requirements and many others.

If there are restrictive covenants on your title, neighbourhood precedent and of course council regulations such as planning overlays

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Neighbourhood Precedence

First up, a good place to start is by looking for Neighbourhood Precedence of other recent and similar subdivision approvals in the immediate vicinity of your property.

Genuine, relevant and recent precedence would suggest that a similar outcome could be possible for your own property. It’s never going to be a home run.

But precedence should give you confidence moving into the next steps.

Not to mention, if and when you do submit your subdivision application precedence could help it be looked upon more favourably.

Zones & Schedules

All subdivisions are governed by your local area’s planning schemes and all land is zoned for a specific use. In Melbourne land will typically fall under:

melbourne planning zones

Each of these planning zones will then have schedules that apply to them. These schedules include further subdivision requirements that you would need to adhere to.

The General Residential and Neighbourhood Residential Zones and are more common zones that you will come across in Melbourne and Victoria.

Generally speaking, in these two zones, you will need less land to subdivide.

The Residential Growth Zone is a zone where growth is encouraged. Meaning you have the ability to subdivide your block into smaller lots.

And lastly, if your property is in a Low-Density Residential Zone you would require much larger blocks to subdivide as the minimum permitted lot sizes are much larger.


Next, you need to consider overlays. You need to know if an overlay applies to your property.

An overlay is a map in the council planning scheme.

Overlays apply special controls over land such as protecting heritage integrity, significant vegetation and managing flood areas.

Not all land has an overlay and some land may be affected by multiple overlays.

It’s these overlays along with the residential zoning and relevant schedules that will ultimately determine if in fact you can or can’t subdivide your property.

And if you can they will clearly outline your subdivisions restrictions and requirements.

Now I want to share how you can find the required information about your own property.

How Do I Know If I Can Subdivide My Property?

A simple, fast and free way is to jump onto the VicPlan website.

A quick search will give you everything that you are looking for including the planning zone, relevant schedules and overlays if there are any. And of course, you will also need to consider your land size.

can i subdivide my property

From here it’s a matter of rolling the sleeves up and sinking your teeth into the listed zone, schedule and overlay information that comes back.

You can download, print or export the information to consume it whenever and however you like.

Soon enough you should be able to determine the likelihood of successfully subdividing your property.

If you need clarity around the difference between planning and building permits I break that down here. Have concerns about subdividing with a mortgage attached to the land – I cover that as well.

Wrapping Up

What I’ve detailed in this article really only scratches the surface. You’ll need to consider cost and a whole host of other variables.

One example could be utility pole relocation requirements. It could be anything.

It should give you a certain level of confidence and get you heading in the right direction but ultimately subdividing land in Victoria can be a high-stakes game so enlisting professional help is always going to be advisable.

Even us here at Little Fish. As much time as we spend looking at sites, trawling through this kind of information we still turn to our trusted planners for advice.

I can’t stress enough that you can’t put a price on experience.

If after everything you determine that you can subdivide your property, then the next question you need to ask is should you.

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And finally, here are seven tips for getting your plan of subdivision here in Victoria.