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Planning, Development & Building ConstructionSubdivision Review

What is a Subdivision?
A subdivision is the division of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots or building sites. A subdivision application involves both an application with the required submittal documents as well as a plat (survey) that graphically depicts the subdivision and that is in a recordable format to have recorded in Beaufort County prior to the sale of individual lots.

Who can apply?
Anyone proposing the changes can apply. Whoever is designated as the applicant for the project will be the point of contact for Town staff for all questions and correspondence. If the applicant is someone other than the owner of the property, notarized owner's consent to submit the subdivision is required.

Types of Subdivision Review

Subdivision applications are either major or minor.

  • Minor subdivisions are the division of land into 5 or fewer residential lots.
  • Major subdivisions are all other types of subdivisions (all commercial subdivisions and residential subdivision of 6 or more lots).

When to apply?
It is strongly advised that prior to any submittal, a Pre-application meeting for the proposed project be held with Town staff. There are no deadlines to submit a Subdivision application since it is reviewed only by Town staff. A Subdivision Review will not be approved until all other required approvals are received (such as other approvals from other Town boards, commissions, or outside agencies). The typical review time for staff once the minimum submittal requirements have been received is 10 business days and 5 for any re-submittals. Once the review is complete, a comment letter will be sent to the applicant that states any necessary corrections or incomplete items to the plans. Staff will contact the applicant once the application is approved.

Subdivision Timeline and Process

Subdivision Timeline and Process Graphic
Note: Time is measured in calendar days

'Approval' of the subdivision means that it is approved to construct the necessary infrastructure (roads, utilities and storm water plans), if required. Once the infrastructure has been constructed and inspected, Town staff can stamp the surveys for recording in Beaufort County and sale of lots.

How to apply for Subdivision Approval

Online: Go to our Building & Development Citizen Access Portal and follow the prompts; OR

Hard Copy: Complete and submit the Major Subdivision Applicationpdf icon or Minor Subdivision Applicationpdf icon with the required items and fees.

Your Staff Project Manager

As soon as discussions with Town staff commence, the applicant will be advised a staff project manager. The role of the project manager is to work with the applicant to assist in reaching the goals of the project and Town code. This person will be the point of contact for any questions and usher the applicant through the process from beginning to end.

What to Submit?

The application requirements may vary based on the size of the subdivision; however, most applications require the following:

  • Complete application form
  • Notarized Owner's Consent
  • Required fees
  • Subdivision plat including proposed use of the lots, minimum setbacks and buffers, location of all utilities, showing all existing improvements, acreage information and all proposed lot lines and open space.
  • Narrative describing the use, maintenance and ownership of open space (only required for major subdivisions)
  • Street or Easement Names and Subdivision name
  • Tree/wetland surveys
  • Landscape plan
  • Lighting plan
  • Exterior elevations of amenities
  • Storm water management plan
  • Outside agency approvals

For questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Community Development Information Center email icon at 843-341-4757.