Subdivision of Land

When do I need to apply for a subdivision approval?

A subdivision approval is required when any parcel of land is divided (e.g., to create a new lot or lots). An approval is also required to add more land to an existing lot, or to join two or more lots. 

Where do I apply, and who issues the approval? 

If your property is in a municipality that has an Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw, contact the local municipality office. To find out if you live in a Municipality with an official plan refer to our Municipal Boundaries Map. You can refer to the Municipal Planning page for more information. 

For properties within a Municipality without an official plan and bylaw and properties outside of a Municipality it is the Province's jurisdiction. 

How do I submit an application? 

The subdivision approval process can vary depending upon the location and number of lots proposed. Contact a Safety Standards Officer below to guide you through the process. 

How long does it take? 

You should allow two weeks to several months, depending upon the complexity of the subdivision plan, to process your request. 

What are the fees? 

Refer to the schedule of fees. HST is not required and make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance.

Can I appeal a decision (to approve or reject a property subdivision)?

If you wish to appeal a decision regarding the subdivision of land, you may file an appeal with the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC) within 21 days following the date on which the decision was issued. To determine whether you have a right of appeal, carefully review Section 28 of the PEI Planning Act - Subdivision and Development Regulations.

Who can I contact for more information?

Jay Carr (Chief Safety Standards Officer)
J. Elmer Blanchard Building
31 Gordon Drive
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4892
Fax: (902) 368-5526

Published date: 
May 17, 2016
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General Inquiries

Department of Communities, Land and Environment
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5044
Toll-free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: (902) 368-5830