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Wollongong City Council

Subdivision

The information below explains the steps you will generally need to take once you have an approved development consent that involves subdivision of land (torrens), strata subdivision, or community title subdivision.

For information about building on land after it has been subdivided, see our Building pages.

Your development consent will explain any conditions that are relevant to your specific project.

We recommend you use the services of a Consulting Civil Engineer or a Registered Land Surveyor to prepare applications at all stages of the subdivision process.

The steps you will generally need to follow for work on a subdivision include:

Before any work starts, you will need to get an approved Construction Certificate for Subdivision Works from Council or a private certifier.

After a Construction Certificate for subdivision works has been issued, you must appoint a Principal Certifier to oversee the development's construction works.

The Principal Certifier makes sure construction works match your development consent, approved construction certificate plans, Council’s policies and guidelines, and relevant legislative requirements.

Use the form below to nominate Council as your Principal Certifier:

Subdivision Works – Notice of Commencement of Works and Appointment of Certifier form PDF, 108.98 KB

If a private certifier is overseeing your subdivision,  use the form above to advise Council who your Principal Certifier is, and when work will begin.

Fees

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Parent HierachyArea Fee NameFee Name GSTGST Current Fee (incl. GST)Current Fee (incl. GST)
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameMinimum Application Fee GSTN Current Fee$1,955.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameApplication Fee per lot GSTN Current Fee$492.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameAdditional Inspection Fee – This fee is payable on third inspection of failed mandatory holdpoint. Practical Completion Inspection will not be done until outstanding PCA fees paid GSTN Current Fee$228.00

Before work starts, a pre-construction meeting must be held with the developer, construction personnel and the Principal Certifier.

If you’ve appointed Council as your Principal Certifier, call us on (02) 4227 7111 to arrange a pre-commencement meeting.

During construction, the contractor and project manager of the works must adhere to Council’s Subdivision Policy PDF, 1723.35 KB. This policy outlines the points at which the Principal Certifier must conduct inspections – see Annexure CQC-A for details.

The site must also be managed during high wind or large rainfall events to protect the environment and surrounding areas. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a guide, known as the ‘Blue Book’, which outlines how soil and stormwater should be managed during construction.

Council’s standard drawings should be followed during construction of a subdivision. You can download a copy of our standard drawings below.

Wollongong City Council Standard Drawings  PDF, 5509.54 KB

For work in the City Centre, you will also need to follow the manual below:

City Centre Public Domain Technical Manual PDF, 7074.87 KB.

You need to get Council’s endorsement if you want to add or remove restrictions on land for a subdivision. This includes creating or removing an easement, restriction on land, or positive covenant.

Once subdivision works have been finished and you have received practical completion from your Principal Certifier, you can apply for a Subdivision Certificate.

Please note, you cannot submit this application until all work is done, and all conditions in your development consent and approved Subdivision Construction Certificate have been met.

Information you must include with this application is listed on the application form. You must also include any other details or documents required by your development consent, listed under 'Prior to issue of subdivision certificate'.

Use the form below to apply:

Application for a Subdivision Certificate PDF, 251.09 KB

Once approved, Council will sign and return your plan of subdivision, deposited plan administration sheet and 88b instrument (if applicable) with the subdivision certificate. This does not create the proposed lot/s; you will then need to register the subdivision with NSW Land Registry Services.

Fees

Current fees for subdivision certificates are shown below, or search our full Fees and Charges.

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Parent HierachyArea Fee NameFee Name GSTGST Current Fee (incl. GST)Current Fee (incl. GST)
Parent HierachyGovernance & Administration | Copying/scanning Documents | Application Scanning Fees For Building Certificate, Section 68, Pre-lodgement Or Subdivision Certificates Fee NameApplication Scanning Fees for more than 15 pages GSTN Current Fee$41.50
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Involving Subdivision Works Required By A Development Approval Fee NameApplication Fee (Torrens and Community Title Subdivision) GSTN Current Fee$535.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Involving Subdivision Works Required By A Development Approval Fee NameApplication Fee per additional lots above one plus above fee GSTN Current Fee$287.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Involving Subdivision Works Required By A Development Approval Fee NameBoundary Adjustment GSTN Current Fee$535.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Strata Subdivision Fee NameApplication Fee GSTY Current Fee$590.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Strata Subdivision Fee NameApplication Fee per additional lots above one plus above fee GSTY Current Fee$200.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Submission Of Additional Information Fee NameSubmission of information where required by conditions of development consent and not lodged at time of subdivision certificate application GSTN Current Fee$149.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Submission Of Additional Information Fee NameApplication to lodge security deposit or bank guarantee to enable construction works to be deferred and/or bonded. Note: no fee applicable where works to be bonded are required by conditions of development consent or in compliance with a relevant Council Policy GSTN Current Fee$460.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Subdivision Certificates | Submission Of Additional Information Fee NameApplication for full/partial release of security deposit or bank guarantee GSTN Current Fee$460.00

The final step to complete your subdivision is to register it with NSW Land Registry Services. This must be done by the land owner.

Visit the NSW Land Registry Services website for more information.