Possible Costs

Design & Engineering
This is usually necessary only for multi-lot subdivisions.

Water Tests
Provincial legislation requires water tests if more than six lots on a quarter section will use groundwater. These tests must be conducted by a professional engineer and may cost several thousand dollars.

Subdivision Application
Local municipalities have jointly established the West Central Planning Agency to process subdivisions. West Central Planning Agency charges $450 per application plus $100 for each new lot to be created (subdividing 1 lot into 2 would cost $550). This pays for the cost of processing the application, including at least 1 site visit. (See also Developer’s Agreement and Endorsement Fees) Subdivision applications are submitted to West Central Planning Agency.

Road Building
This is usually required only for multi-lot subdivisions, but occasionally a single lot will require road construction. $16/linear foot is a fair estimate, but can run higher in difficult conditions or small jobs. All roads must be built to County standards.

Approaches
Every lot must have an approach off the County road. Because the approach is actually on the road allowance, it must be built to County standards. Usually this involves excavating black dirt, installing a culvert, backfilling with suitable material, compacting and gravelling. An approach and culvert may cost $2,000± if the work is contracted out.

Survey
After approval is received, you will have to hire an Alberta Land Surveyor to prepare a plan to be registered at Land Titles Office. There are 2 sorts of plans:
  • A simple rectangular subdivision can often be done by Descriptive Plan. The surveyor prepares a drawing with dimensions and areas, but does not leave any monuments on site. This saves time and effort so descriptive plans can often be prepared and registered at Land Titles for under $1,000.
  • A multi-lot subdivision, an awkward shaped lot, or a second subdivision out of a quarter section will usually require a full Plan of Survey. A survey crew posts all lot corners, and ties them to pre-existing monuments in the neighbourhood. This removes all doubt about boundaries, but is more expensive. A plan of subdivision is likely to cost more than $1,500 and may be much higher if the surveyor has to search for or re-establish monuments.
Any subdivision may be done by plan of survey, but only Land Titles Office can allow a descriptive plan. If you wish to use a descriptive plan, West Central Planning Agency or your surveyor will get a ruling from Land Titles.

Registration
Land Titles Office charges the surveyor to register the plan, and this amount will be added onto his bill to you.

Developer’s Agreement (For Multi-Lot Subdivisions)
The County requires the developer to enter into an agreement to undertake certain works as a condition of subdivision approval. The County also charges $100 per lot created to help recover administration and inspection costs.

Municipal Reserves
The municipality may take up to 10% of the area of the subdivision for parks, schools or buffer strips. If they do not want the land, they can take money to the same value. This is calculated as 10% of the raw land value of the resulting lots.

No reserves are payable on the 1st subdivision out of a quarter, or on lots of 40 or more acres which can be used for farming.

Endorsement Fees
Once the surveyor has completed the plan, the plan it is then sent to West Central Planning Agency by the surveyor for final approval. West Central Planning Agency checks that all conditions of approval have been met and that the lot is what was approved. West Central Planning Agency charges $100 per lot for this final check.

No endorsement fees are charged for lot line adjustments.