A Land Division Review is required to divide an existing property to create additional lots, parcels or tracts. A land division may also be required to legalize a lot that was created outside of the legal process (such as through deed).
All land divisions require two steps:
1. Review and approval of the preliminary plan and
2. Review and approval of the final plat.
- To begin the land division process you may submit for an Early Assistance Appointment. These optional appointments are available for feedback on your land division prior to submittal of the land use review application.
- In addition, Pre-application conferences are required for Type III Land Divisions prior to submittal of the land use review application.
- Following approval of the preliminary plan, the applicant must submit a final plat for review and approval. The final plat shows the final surveyed layout of the land division, including all lots, tracts, easements and rights-of-way.
- Once the final plat is recorded, building permits can be submitted for the newly created lots.
- A Property Line Adjustment allows for minor changes to the location of existing property lines between existing legal lots.
- A land division may be combined with a Planned Development Review.
For final plat questions regarding process, submittal requirements or application status, please call us at (503) 823-7617.
- Land Divisions are processed as a Type Ix, IIx or Type III procedure. See Overview of the Land Division Process for review thresholds and Process and Timelines for summaries of the procedures.
- The final plat is the final technical review to determine if all the conditions of approval imposed during the preliminary land use review have been met. It is also a review of the plat survey to determine if it matches the preliminary approved site plan. The final plat review is an administrative review.
- Application for Final Plats - Complete this application to apply for a final plat.
- Application for Land Use Reviews - Complete this application to apply.
- Early Assistance Application - A Pre-application conference is required for all Type III land use reviews. Optional pre-application conferences are also available to discuss other projects. You may also request an optional appointment to discuss your land division.
- Land Division Application Requirements
- Land Division Approval Criteria - Multi-Dwelling Zones (R2, R2, R1, RH and IR Zone)
- Land Division Approval Criteria - Open Space, Commercial, Employment and Industrial Zones (OS, C, E and I Zones)
- Land Division Approval Criteria - Rights-of-Way, Chapter 33.654
- Land Division Approval Criteria - Single-Dwelling Zones (RF, R20, R10, R7, R5, and R2.5 Zone)
- Preparing Your Land Division Application Narrative
- Waiver within 120 days - Sign this form within 21 days of application date to allow submittal of new information if a Type III decision is appealed.
Neighborhood Contact - Contacting the neighborhood association representative is required prior to application for all Type IIx and Type III Land Divisions and Planned Developments.
Overview of Land Division Process - Summary of process and review requirements for dividing land.
Summary of Procedure Types - Summarizes all procedure types.
Type Ix Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type I Procedures.
Type IIx Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type IIx Procedures.
Type III Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type III Procedures.
Amending Land Division Decision - Process is described for changing an approved land division.
Density and Lot Dimension Requirement Handouts
- Density and Lot Dimension Requirements in Multi-Dwelling Zones - An explanation of how density (allowed number of residential units) is calculated on a site and how lots are measured.
- Density and Lot Dimension Requirements in Single-Dwelling Zones - An explanation of how density (allowed number of residential units) is calculated on a site and how lots are measured.
- Flag Lot Regulations - Learn under which circumstances a flag lot may be created.
- Housing on Narrow Lots - This information describes additional development standards that apply to proposed new residential lots that do not meet minimum lot width dimensions.
- Lot Dimensions in Commercial, Employment and Industrial Zones - An explanation of lot size standards and how lots are measured.
- Options for Land Division in the "a" Overlay Zone - Options are available to create smaller lots and/or use different housing types in the "a" overlay zone.
Special Situation Handouts
- Flood Hazard Areas - Information about land division requirements for sites that have the potential of flooding.
- Phased Land Divisions & Staged Final Plats - Options to phase division of large sites.
- Sites in Potential Landslide Hazard Areas - An explanation of requirements if site is within designated potential landslide hazard area.
- Landslide Hazard Study - Requirements for preparing a Landslide Hazard Study
- Solar Access Regulations - Information about requirements for creating lots that provide solar access required for detached single-dwelling homes.
- Streams, Springs, and Seeps Protection - An explanation of requirements for identifying and protecting streams, springs and seeps on sites that are located outside of an environmental overlay zone.
Tree Preservation and Identification Handouts
Sample Tree Preservation Plan - An example of a report and tree preservation plans prepared by a certified arborist.
Significant Trees Plant Identification Handbook - This handbook is designed to help you identify significant trees on your site as required for a land division.
Tree Preservation on Your Land Division Site - Information about tree preservation requirements for land division applications.
Tree Review - A special review is required to amend an approved tree preservation plan.
Streets, Stormwater and Tracts & Easements Handouts
- Private Right-of-Way Administrative Rules - If access or connections are allowed to be in private rights-of-way, specific design standards must be met. Link to these document for a description of the requirements.
- Private Right-of-Way Administrative Rules, Appendix A - Referenced Standard Plans
- Private Street Garbage Collection Requirements - Helpful information when considering garbage collection options for properties with private right-of-way access.
- Right of Way Regulations - This handout explains requirements for new streets as part of a land division review.
- Stormwater Management Requirements - Overview of requirements and sample utility plan.
- Tracts and Easements - A description of the purpose/function of tracts and easements and requirements for creating and maintaining them.
Final Plat Handouts
Application for Final Plats - Complete this form to apply.
Final Plats - This information identifies the submittal requirements and process for finalizing a land division that has received tentative approval.
- 33.663 Final Plats
View Land Division 600s chapters of the zoning code.
- Fee Schedule for Land Use Reviews - A list of all land use fees.
- Fee Schedule for Land Use Reviews in Unincorporated Multnomah County