A subdivision is the division of a single parcel of land into two or more parcels, each to be given a separate title. The process can range in complexity from the simple adjustment of existing lot lines to the creation of entirely new residential, commercial or industrial neighbourhoods.

The Town of High River’s subdivision approval authority is executed by the appointed Subdivision Officer.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Planning & Development Services to arrange a pre-application meeting to review and discuss proposals prior to submitting an application.

Subdivisions Handout

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A pre-application meeting gives a chance for the applicant and Town staff to sit down and discuss the details of the proposed subdivision. It is an opportunity to identify concerns and answer questions early in the process and can save time and cost. The applicant is asked to bring all of the available information that they have to the meeting to give planning staff a clear picture of their proposed subdivision. Planning staff will clearly outline the processes, identify any issues or concerns and provide you with the application forms and fees associated with your proposed subdivision.

To book your pre-application meeting, please contact planning staff at 403-652-2110 or

Once applicants have compiled the materials identified as required during the pre-application meeting, they must arrange an Application Completeness Meeting with Planning staff in order to ensure their application package is ready for submission.

As required by Province of Alberta subdivision regulations, the typical timeline within which a subdivision authority must make a decision on an application for subdivision is 60 days from the date of receipt of a completed application, with some specific exceptions. However the subdivision authority may enter into an agreement with the applicant to extend that period if necessary.

Upon issuance of a subdivision approval, the Municipal Government Act stipulates that an applicant must submit to the subdivision authority for endorsement the plans of subdivision or other instrument that effects the subdivision within one (1) year from the date of approval, and the endorsed plan of subdivision or other instrument must be reisgered in a land titles office within one (1) year after the date of endorsement. However the applicant may apply to Council for an extension to either of these one-year periods.

An Application Completeness meeting is intended to give the applicant and Town staff the opportunity to review all materials compiled into the Application package for submission, and ensure that all required forms, fees and back-up materials which have been identified during the Pre-Application Meeting are included. Therefore, it is essential that applicants arrange and attend a Pre-Application Meeting prior to requesting an Application Completeness meeting.

Please note that an incomplete application will not be accepted.

To book your Application Completeness meeting, please contact our Planning Staff at:

Phone: (403) 652-2110