Building Format Subdivision (Building Format Plans – BFP)

A building format plan is a subdivision of multi-story unit complexes and other developments like townhouses. It is a subdivision of buildings with balance land to be held as common property. It is not considered to be a subdivision of land as such.

A surveyor is required to define the external site boundaries and the unit boundaries using the structural elements of a building, including floors, walls, ceilings, verandah or balcony.

A body corporate is created and must maintain the common property and common property insurances. Usually the body corporate is responsible for maintaining the outside of the building, roof, essential structure of the building such as foundations and load-bearing walls, driveways, gardens and services in common property and other elements that are often specifically defined in the registered Community Management Scheme (CMS), for example a pool or BBQ area.

Exclusive Use:

Land adjacent to the buildings such as yards can be set aside for the exclusive use of the unit owner. A plan is prepared by the surveyor and the details of how that land can be utilised by that unit holder is defined by the exclusive use by-laws contained in the CMS.

Development Approval:

All subdivision of this nature requires a Development Approval (DA) from Council.

A development application is an application for a development approval made under the Planning Act 2016 and is required for Development defined as:

  • reconfiguring a lot (i.e. a subdivision)
  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work
  • carrying out operational work
  • making a material change of use of premises (i.e. starting a new use or changing the intensity or scale of an existing use)

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