Table of Contents Approval Process for Phased Strata Plans

Phased Strata Plan Declaration

Pursuant to Section 222 of the Strata Property Act, the applicant must outline on a Phased Strata Plan Declaration in Form P the proposal to phase the subdivision's development. The Phased Strata Plan Declaration should be checked to ensure that it reasonably reflects what is shown on the development plans.

Note the following:

  • The “dates of commencement of construction or completion of construction for each phase” are estimated dates. The developer is not strictly bound by them
  • The “election to proceed” date is definite and should precede the estimated date of commencement of construction. The Approving Officer may extend it for up to one year
  • The Approving Officer's endorsement is required on the Phased Strata Plan Declaration before phased development can proceed
  • Each phase of a phased strata plan cannot be approved until it has been determined that any common facilities identified for that phase in the Phased Strata Plan Declaration have been provided or protected by bond. Examples of such facilities are swimming pools, tennis courts, laundry facilities, and so on.  This must be addressed in the first phase
  • The approval of the Approving Officer expires after one year unless the first phase is deposited before that time
  • Each phase must be deposited in the order in which the phases are set out in the Phased Strata Plan Declaration
  • If the phased strata subdivision will operate a community water system, that system must be constructed to good engineering standards and must be certified as such by a Professional Engineer

Security Deposits

Section 223 of the Strata Property Act deals with security deposits for completion of common facilities. The Regional District or some other public body should hold the security. Ensuring that the requirements of this section are met is the main reason for requiring the Approving Officer's approval of phased strata plans.

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