Subdivision Maps

A subdivision map is a division of a tract of land into smaller parcels or lots. The number of lots or parcels of land is determined by local ordinances and state laws. A subdivision is usually a two-step process which requires a tentative map and a final map. The tentative map is for the purposes of showing the proposed improvement and lot configuration. The final map is either a parcel map for four parcels or less, or a tract map which is for five lots or more, each conforming to city and county governmental conditions.

When dividing a parcel of land, typically the main reasons are to develop the smaller lots for real estate transactions, to legally separate out a section of land for commercial use, or to construct different building types on certain parcels. A lot line adjustment is the process that is used to change property lines of existing parcels. All of these items are highly regulated by State and Local Laws.

Two surveyors setting stakes.
Construction trucks on large subdivision.