All development within Whitehorse must be carried out in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Development Permit issued pursuant to the Zoning Bylaw.
What is a Subdivision?
The Municipal Act states that a subdivision "includes the adjusting or realigning of an existing property line, a division of a parcel by a plan of subdivision, a plan of survey, a plan made pursuant to section 6 of the Condominium Act, an agreement or any instrument, including a caveat, transferring or creating an estate or interest in part of the parcel, or the creation of a new parcel from existing parcels of land."
Subdivision Approval Process
The City of Whitehorse approves the subdivision and consolidation of land, and the creation of condominiums, on all land within the City’s municipal boundary.
A subdivision is required when a piece of land is divided into two or more real-estate entities able to obtain separate Land Title. Examples of this might include instances where a commercial land owner wishes to split their lot in half to develop another business or when a developer wishes to create a multi-lot subdivision for the construction of several homes.
Before starting the subdivision process please discus your project with City’s Subdivision & Lands Coordinator (SLC).
Subdivision Approval Process Chart
Types of Sudivision
By Plan of Subdivision:
Creating two or more lots from one existing property
By Plan of Consolidation:
Consolidating two or more properties into one lot
By Plan of Boundary Realignment:
Adjusting or realigning an existing property line where you end up with the same number of lots that you started with.
By Plan of Condominium:
Bare Land Condominium:
Involves dividing a parcel of land into individually owned ‘bare land units and common elements. Four posts in the ground and everything in-between constitutes a Unit.
Is a building(s) divided into individually owned units. Each unit is identified in the condominium plan. The land, the outside walls, service areas, and joint use areas of the building are considered common elements.
NOTE: Existing buildings being converted into a condominium (not under permit) may require a critical life safety report as outlined in Sections 19 & 20 of the Subdivision Control Bylaw (2012-16).
Subdivision Application Fee
Application fees vary and are non-refundable.
$50.00 per boundary being adjusted
Minimum: $250.00 Maximum: $1,000.00
Between the minimum and maximum, $100.00 per lot created (e.g., 3 lots proposed, $300.00)
Subdivision by way of Consolidation:
Subdivision by way of Condominium:
$50.00 per unit being created to a maximum of $500.00
Some subdivisions may require a Development Agreement registers at the Land Titles Office as a condition of Subdivision approval for such things as (but not limited to) access easements, utility easements, servicing design etc.
Subdivision Application Forms
The bylaws listed above are those most relevant to Subdivision Applications. For a comprehensive list of bylaws you may wish to consult Bylaw Services' Bylaws.
For more information on Subdivisions, contact the Subdivision and Lands Coordinator, 668-8347.