The Horsham Planning Scheme determines whether a planning permit is required for the subdivision of land and whether it is subdivision of vacant land, existing dwellings, commercial buildings, and farmland or house excision.

A planning permit may be required for the creation of additional lots, re-alignment of boundaries, removal/creation of easements and removal of covenants/restrictions.

The subdivision process involves three steps:

Step 1: Planning Permit

A Planning Permit must be applied for through Council and will undergo an assessment process that may involve referrals to servicing authorities and notification to affected properties. Once this process is complete a Planning Permit may be granted. The Planning Permit will set out specific conditions that must be met.

Step 2: Certification

The certification of a plan of subdivision is an administrative step to ensure the plan of subdivision is satisfactory. The Plan of Subdivision is referred to the relevant Authorities who will check if any easements are required for their services. Once the relevant Authorities have consented to the Plan of Subdivision the plan may be certified.

Step 3: Statement of Compliance

A Statement of Compliance is the document required to conclude the subdivision process, allowing registration of the subdivision at the Titles Office and the release of the new Titles by the Titles Office. A Statement of Compliance cannot be issued until all conditions of the Planning Permit have been met. Usually these conditions require services and infrastructure to be put in place.


Horsham Rural City Council is an active partner of the SPEAR (Streamlined Planning through Electronic Applications and Referrals) Subdivision program, an initiative launched by the formerly known Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) currently known as the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI).

Spear Subdivisions manage applications online, including lodgement, requests for further information, referrals, advertising, approvals and tracking of applications.