Roles and Authorities

In British Columbia, a person may divide his or her property into one or more parcels and register them in the Land Title & Survey Authority. Before such a subdivision plan can be registered, however, the Land Title Act, Strata Property Act, Real Estate Development Marketing Act and Local Government Act of British Columbia require an official known as an Approving Officer to approve the plan.

Collection of Information Authority

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was proclaimed on October 4, 1993. All personal and business information collected by the Ministry is subject to the provisions of the Act. The personal information on the subdivision application form is collected under the authority of the Land Title Act. The information collected will be used to process the preliminary subdivision application, and it may be necessary for the Ministry to provide this information to other agencies. The District Development Technician will answer any questions the applicant may have about the collection, use, and disclosure of this information.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure you version is sufficiently current.