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How to Subdivide Property In Florida

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Subdividing a property involves splitting it up into two or more units or lots. For many, the purpose is to sell or lease some or all of the units, or divide the property up among multiple owners or family members. Florida has its own unique regulations involving property subdivision. During the process of planning out your property subdivision, it’s a good idea to get advice from a South Florida residential real estate attorney who can inform you about specific issues that you need to be aware of and to avoid being fined.

Zoning must be determined for the property

The minimum lot size based on the property’s land use classification must be determined before you subdivide it, and your subdivisions must meet that minimum. You will need to submit an application to your county’s zoning authority, and it may take a few weeks to be processed.

If you plan on constructing new units, you need to determine whether or not your lot is buildable. If it is buildable, you will need to obtain a building permit before you start construction. Depending on the size and complexity of your subdivision project, you may need to obtain additional permits.

Subdivision projects can be complicated

Subdivisions can be complicated, especially larger projects involving the construction of many units at once with roadways, ponds, pools, and other features. Regardless of the size of your project, it’s helpful to get the assistance of a South Florida residential real estate attorney before you start. Your attorney can assist you with many aspects of your subdivision including contacting the appropriate authorities to obtain the necessary permits and filing applications accurately to ensure that your project will be approved.

Plan out your project thoroughly and get the permits you need

If you reside in Broward County, a permit is required for most types of construction projects and subdivisions. It’s essential that you get the appropriate permit for your subdivision project, and also hire contractors who are licensed by your county to perform the work that you need.

Neglecting to do so can have significant financial consequences; for example you may be required to pay fines. In some cases you may even have to pay for an engineer to dismantle your work, and this can be quite costly.

To learn more about property subdivisions in Florida and to get professional advice about your specific plans, contact Mark Schecter, a leading South Florida residential real estate lawyer today by calling (954) 779-7009.