Subdivision of land is defined in the Municipal Government Act as “the division of land into two or more parcels, and includes a re-subdivision or a consolidation of two or more parcels”. All alterations to property boundary lines of lots less than twenty-five acres in area are subject to ‘Subdivision Approval’ in accordance with the provisions of the Subdivision By-Law and subdivision provisions in the Municipal Government Act. Subdivision plans can be both legal survey plans prepared by licensed Nova Scotia Land Surveyors or, where applicable, Instruments of Subdivision are able to be approved.
The process for obtaining Subdivision Approval in the Municipality of Yarmouth starts with an applicant contacting the Development Officer, completing an Application for Subdivision Approval, and submitting a ‘Plan of Subdivision’ for approval. The ‘Plan of Subdivision’ is reviewed for compliance with the requirements of the Subdivision By-Law, and is reviewed by the Department of Environment where required to determine compliance with the On-Site Sewage Disposal System Regulations for lot sizes. The Department of Transportation and Communications conducts a review of Subdivision Plans where required to determine compliance with access provisions to public highways. When the review process is complete, the ‘Plan of Subdivision’ is approved and registered in the Registry of Deeds.
Fees for Subdivision approval are $175.00 plus the costs for registration of the plan at the Registry of Deeds. All fees are payable to the Municipality of Yarmouth.
Information on the process to follow when applying for Subdivision Approval, the Municipality of Yarmouth Subdivision By-law as well as the Specifications for Subdivision Roads in Urban and Rural Areas is available for viewing in the following links:
Municipality of Yarmouth Subdivision By-law Municipal Design Specifications Manual
To obtain an Application for Subdivision Approval, please contact the Development Office at 902-742-9691 or go to the link below.
Application for Subdivision Approval