Subdivision Applications

Subdivision is when a parcel of land is divided into two or more parcels with separate legal titles for each parcel. Subdivisions include:

  • Lot line adjustments
  • Bareland condominiums, and
  • Condominium conversions

The Municipal Government Act - Section 653 regulates the subdivision process. Subdivision applications are approved by the Subdivision Approving Authority.

Who can apply to subdivide a parcel?

A registered landowner can apply for a subdivision. Landowners will often choose an Agent such as a Land Surveyor, Urban Planner, or other professional to act on their behalf. The subdivision application package must be signed by both the owner and the agent.

Download the Subdivision Application Package

How can I apply for a subdivision?

The first step is setting up a preliminary meeting to discuss your proposal with a City Planner. We can review your proposal to see if it aligns with the City's approved planning documents. To book a meeting please contact 780-992-6198 or email us.

What is the fee cost?

The cost of a subdivision depends on the number of lots being created. There are fees for the subdivision application, and the subdivision endorsement. Subdivision application fees are included in the Fee Schedule.

2019 Subdivision Fees

  • Subdivision Application- $1,020 + 255/lot- Including Bareland and Conventional Condominium (excluding reserve parcels or public utility lots)
  • Subdivision Endorsement- $306 + $204/lot- Including Bareland and Conventional Condominium (excluding reserve parcels or public utility lots)
  • Conditional Subdivision Approval Time Extension- $510 (per request)
  • Condominium Conversion- $40.80 (per condo unit)

What documents do I need?

*Alberta Energy Regulators Directive 079 regulates subdivision and surface development requirements for projects within close proximity of an abandoned well. Subdivision applications are required to include a map of the project area from the Abandoned Well Map Viewer and written confirmation from the applicant that there are no wells within the project area. If the project area contains abandoned wells, the requirements can be reviewed online or contact Planning & Development at 780-992-6198.

What is the process?

1. Pre-Submission

The first step is setting up a preliminary meeting to discuss your proposal with a City Planner. We can review your proposal to see if it aligns with the City's approved planning documents. To book a meeting please contact 780-992-6198 or email us. Additional information and studies may be required depending on the application.

2. Application Submission

The next step is submitting a subdivision application package including fee payment. Once an application has been deemed complete, an acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant. The Planning Department will circulate, evaluate, and make a recommendation on the subdivision.

Application Circulation

Subdivision applications are circulated to other city departments, government agencies, and service providers for their review and comments. A letter notice may be sent to adjacent land owners for their comments.

Application Evaluation

The application will be reviewed to see if it is in compliance with the City's statutory plans including the Land Use Bylaw. It will also be evaluated on criteria including accessibility to roads, water, storm water, sanitary services, and neighbouring land uses.

3. Subdivision Authority Decision

Following the evaluation, the Current Planner will prepare a recommendation for review by the Subdivision Authority. The Subdivision Authority will approve or decline the subdivision application. If approved, a list of conditions will be given that need to be completed for subdivision endorsement. The conditions may include paying off outstanding taxes on the land, entering into a Development Agreement, and paying the cost of off-site levies.

If a subdivision application requires an amendment to an Area Structure Plan or the Land Use Bylaw, those amendments must be approved by Council prior to a decision on the subdivision by the Subdivision Authority.

Subdivision Approval Time Extension

The Subdivision Authority has 60 days from the date the application was deemed complete to make a decision. The applicant may enter into an agreement with the City to extend the decision period.

4. Subdivision Endorsement

The applicant has 1 year to meet the conditions of the subdivision approval. The applicant needs to submit an endorsement package of the plans and documents required for registering the subdivision. There is a subdivision endorsement fee payment.

The endorsement package will be reviewed to see if the subdivision plan is in compliance with the approved plan, and that all of the conditions have been satisfied. The Subdivision Authority will send the signed documents back to the applicant.

Conditional Subdivision Approval Time Extension

The City may extend the 1 year period for the endorsement on the subdivision plan. The applicant can send a letter for a Conditional Approval Time Extension. The fee for a conditional approval time extension is $510. The Subdivision Authority will review the application and determine if an extension can be granted.

5. Subdivision Registration

The applicant has 1 year after endorsement to register the subdivision plan with the Northern Alberta Land Titles Office.

How can I extend my conditional subdivision approval?

If additional time is needed, the applicant can send a request letter for a Conditional Approval Time Extension to the City. The fee for a conditional approval time extension is $510. The Subdivision Authority will review the application and determine if an extension can be given.

What is the Subdivision Authority?

The Municipal Government Act - Section 623 requires City Council to appoint a subdivision authority to exercise subdivision powers and duties on behalf of the municipality. City Council has delegated the authority to the City Manager, who has delegated the authority to the Director of Planning & Development.

Will I be notified about my neighbour's subdivision application?

The Municipal Government Act - Section 653 requires that the Subdivision Authority send a notice to adjacent landowners. The Subdivision Authority is not required to send a notice to adjacent landowners if the land being subdivided in contained within a Council approved Area Structure Plan. Neighbours have the opportunity to submit comments to the City regarding the subdivision.