A subdivision is the splitting of a parcel of land described on a certificate of title. A subdivision occurs when a single land title is split into two or more parts, property boundaries are rearranged, or a lease, mortgage or other instrument is registered that has the effect of subdividing the parcel. With a few exceptions, a subdivision must be approved under The Planning Act before it can be accepted for registration at The Property Registry.


The following is a general outline of the standard subdivision approval process:

  1. Acceptance of Application: The applicant submits their subdivision application and supporting information to the South Interlake Planning District (SIPD);
  2. Circulation of Application: The SIPD and Community & Regional Planning Branch (CRP) review the subdivision application, after which the SIPD circulates the application to government departments and agencies for their review and comments (within 20 days).
  3. Preparation of the Planning Report: The Community & Regional Planning Branch (CRP) prepares a Planning Report in consideration of applicable planning policies and regulations, and the comments provided by the various government departments and agencies.
  4. Report to the SIPD Board: The Planning Report is presented to the SIPD Board, who then refers the application to Council.
  5. Council Decision: The Planning Report is presented to Council and Council approves the application (with or without conditions) or rejects the application. If the proposed subdivision will result in the creation of a new public road, Council must hold a public hearing to receive representations on the proposed subdivision prior to their decision.
  6. SIPD Board Review and Decision: The Board shall consider the application together with the resolution of the municipal Council and the concerns, if any, of government departments and agencies, and shall pass a resolution authorizing the preparation of a Conditional Approval letter, or a letter advising the applicant that the application has been rejected. In either case, the letter will outline all appeal rights.
  7. Issuance of a Certificate of Approval: When the applicant has submitted evidence of compliance with all the requirements and conditions outlined in the Conditional Approval letter, the SIPD will prepare and issue the appropriate Certificate of Approval. The Certificate of Approval is required to register the subdivision at the Land Titles Office.

The subdivision process takes approximately 3-4 months from the date of submission of a complete subdivision application to the date of Conditional Approval (if approved by Council and the SIPD Board). Upon issuance of the Conditional Approval letter, applicants have 24 months to fulfill all conditions.

For more information on the subdivision process, please review the Province’s Planning Resource Guide for Subdivisions in Manitoba (Click Here for PDF).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Conditionally approved subdivisions may be subject to municipal capital lot levies. To confirm applicable capital lot levy amounts for your proposed subdivision, please contact the municipality in which the subdivision is proposed.


Prior to submitting a subdivision application to the SIPD, it is strongly recommended you contact the SIPD first to discuss your proposal and its compliance with applicable planning policies and regulations.

To initiate a subdivision application, the following application requirements must be submitted to the SIPD:
  • Completed application form (Click Here for PDF);
  • Subdivision Application Map prepared by a Manitoba land surveyor (Click Here for PDF);
  • Status of Title(s) for all land to be included in the subdivision. The Status of Title(s) cannot be more than 30 days old (Click Here for PDF); 
  • Fees in accordance with the SIPD’s Fee Structure By-Law (Click Here for PDF).
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.