Land Management

Subdivision Requirements

Subdivision Requirements

Requirements for carrying out a Subdivision

This Guideline is a short-term directive, implemented as an interim measure to a long-term subdivision policy, based on current legislation to guide developers in planning out a subdivision.


The requirements needed, in order to apply for a subdivision, are:

1. A proposed subdivision plan that includes:

  • Size of lots.
  • Land capability.
  • Servicing.
  • Lot boundaries.
  • Heritage.
  • Land use.
  • Open spaces.

2. A detail of a development plan and planning approval from local authorities.

3. A Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) certificate.

4. Details of the location plan.

5. Details of the survey plan including total area including accessways, easements etc...

6. Details of the valuation report.


Considerations to Take into Account for Subdivision Plans

When planning out a subdivision, developers should plan for:

Protecting cultural and sacred Sites - The developer is to inform the Minister of Internal Affairs about any sacred sites by submitting an application for the minister's consideration and approval.

Improving resource and investment security - The Land Leases Act allows developers to register their leases and use them as collateral for security purposes.

Providing access to water supply, electricity, Roads and telecommunications - Easements have to be created for the provision of these basic services.

Providing access to sea frontage, rivers and beaches for public use - Reserves, in the form of buffers, should be created around these features.

Providing benefits and support for existing communities.

The introduction of a User Pays System for Maintenance Purposes - The Developer should introduce such a system as to ensure that all Services provided within the subdivision are maintained well into the future.

Providing Adequate Evidence concerning Custom Ownership of Land - Land that is to be subdivided should not be under dispute.