What is a Subdivision

Subdividing your land means dividing your property into two or more lots or parcels of land. This process may also entail the creation of private accesses, and public or future streets.

Subdividing Land

Subdividing land in New Brunswick are regulated through the Community Planning Act and the Provincial Subdivision Regulation (80-159). Subdividing within an unincorporated area in the CSR6 territory is subject to approval by a Development Officer, and in some cases, the planning Review Adjustment Committee. Subdividing within a  Municipality is also subject to an approval by a Development Officer, and in some cases, the Municipality along with the PRAC.

Minimum Lot Standards:

The minimum lot size for a lot serviced by a private well and septic system is:

  • 54 metres wide (180 feet)LOTISSEMENT ANGLAIS
  • 38 metres deep (125 feet)4000 square metres in area (1 acre)

The minimum lot size for a lot serviced by a public sewer system is:

  • 23 metres wide (76 feet)
  • 30 metres deep (100 feet)
  • 690 square metres in area (7600 square feet)

The minimum lot size for a lot serviced by a public water and public sewer system is:

  • 18 metres wide (60 feet)
  • 30 metres deep (100 feet)
  • 540 square metres in area (6000 square feet)

Subdivision applications filed with RSC6 are processed as either TYPE 1 or TYPE 2 subdivisions.

Type 1 –  Subdivision consists mainly of subdividing one or more parcels not involving subdivision for public-utilities, a private access, or land designated for future and/or public streets.

Type 2 – Subdivision involves the subdivision of land that requires the development of public utilities, approved private access, or land designated for future and/or public streets.

Consulting a Development Officer

It is important to first contact a Development Officer with the RSC6 to discuss your proposal if you plan on subdividing land.

The Development Officer can provide ideas and advice on your subdivision proposal and information on the subdivision approval process, determine if there are any policies or requirements in place that may affect the approval process, and answer any questions you may have.

The Development Officer will also check for compliance with the Community Planning Act, an existing Rural or Municipal Plan, Subdivision By-law, and any applicable legislation of various government departments to ensure that your project meets all legal requirements. These regulations and the subdivision approval process help to ensure that:

  • lots are suitable for the proposed use;
  • will not cause prejudice to the possibility of further subdividing the land;
  • convenient access is provided to the proposed subdivision and to lots within it; and
  • allows for orderly development over time considering convenient subdivision of adjoining properties and future effects on the surrounding neighborhood and greater community.

Having this initial discussion with the Development Officer so that you understand the subdivision process prior to having a land surveyor prepare your proposed subdivision plan, can save time and money.

Submitting a Subdivision Application

After meeting with a Development Officer, you should contact a licensed NB Land Surveyor and have a Tentative Subdivision Plan prepared. Only Tentative Subdivision Plans prepared by a licensed NB Land Surveyor will be accepted with an Application. The registered property owner or an authorized agent (lawyer, land surveyor, etc.) are the only parties who can file a Subdivision Application. All Subdivision Applications submitted to the RSC6 must include :

  1.  a signed Application (by the property owner or an agent authorized to do so);
  2.  a Tentative Plan prepared by a licensed New Brunswick Land Surveyor; and
  3.  payment of the Application fee.

The Subdivision Application Fees for unincorporated areas:

  • Type 1  Subdivision  = $200.00 plus $25.00 per lot; and
  • Type 2  Subdivision (road or private access) = $500.00 plus $25.00 per lot.

Subdivision approval process

Step 1

Consult with Development Officer. (optional but recommended)

Step 2

Submit Application & Tentative Subdivision Plan for review. (Plan to be prepared by a licensed New Brunswick Land Surveyor)

Step 3

Development Officer reviews Tentative Plan and submits a copy to all governmental departments involved to obtain comments and/or required approvals. (i.e. Departments of Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure, Health)

Step 4

If application does not meet current standards, approval required from the PRAC.

If the subdivision requires the construction of a public/future street and/or land for public purposes, approval required from the PRAC, and the Municipal Council and/or the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure.

Step 5

Development Officer indicates if any revisions are required.

Step 6

Final Subdivision Plan is prepared by a licensed New Brunswick Land Surveyor.

Step 7

Final Subdivision Plan is approved (stamped) by the Development Officer.

Step 8

Approved Subdivision Plan is registered at the Registry Office.


Development Officers:

Bouctouche Office: Elmo Bastarache – Developement Officer (506)743-1490 – email:
Richibucto Office: Alexandria Daigle – Development Officer (506)523-1820 – email:

Download a copy of the Subdivision brochure: Subdivision