Subdivision Overview

Applicants should check with Council’s Planning Unit to determine whether a planning permit is required for the subdivision of land and the minimum lot sizes permitted in accordance with the relevant zone in the Murrindindi Planning Scheme.

Subdivision applications generally require two processes which can run separately or concurrently

  1. Application for planning permit (to allow the subdivision to occur specific to certain conditions).
  2. Application for certification (to sign off on the plan of subdivision and approve the creation of new parcels and titles).

Contact Council's Planning Unit on (03) 5772 0333 or via email at to discuss your requirements.

Subdividing in Farming Zones

The primary purpose of the farming zone is to provide for the sustainable use of land for grazing and crop raising.

Most proposals for subdivision of rural land will require a permit from council and the minimum subdivision size permitted varies. Contact Council’s Planning Unit on (03) 5772 0333 or via email at to discuss your requirements.

There are opportunities for boundary realignment and house lot excisions that create smaller lots, where it can be demonstrated that it is required to facilitate, and will not compromise, agricultural activity.

Sustainable Subdivisions Framework

Murrindindi Shire Council has joined forces with seven other councils, as part of the Goulburn Murray Climate Alliance, to push for more sustainable development outcomes in greenfield subdivisions, by employing a Sustainable Subdivisions Advisor to work across the councils.

Participating Councils include Alpine, Indigo, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, and Towong Shire Council, Rural City of Wangaratta and Greater Shepparton City Council.

The dedicated, shared Sustainable Subdivisions Advisor resource will support planning staff for a 12-month period, assessing subdivision applications and using the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework (SSF) resources to assist developers to increase sustainable development outcomes.

If you are in the preliminary stages of preparing a subdivision plan or ready to lodge an application, please contact Council’s Planning Unit on (03) 5772 0333 or via email at to arrange a free consultation with the Sustainable Subdivisions Advisor.

Information for subdivision applicants

Are you submitting a subdivision planning permit application? Download the relevant applicant kit and template below, which includes instructions on how you can participate in the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework (SSF) Trial.

For additional information on the SSF Trial and application process, visit the CASBE website or contact Simon Blackwell - Sustainable Subdivisions Advisor at  for further information.

Small Subdivisions 3 – 15 lots

  • Applicant Kit for Small Subdivisions
  • SSF Subdivision Sustainability Management Plan for Small Subdivisions – Template
  • Medium Subdivisions 16 – 59 lots

  • Applicant Kit for Medium Subdivisions
  • SSF Subdivision Sustainability Management Plan for Medium Subdivisions – Template

    Large Subdivisions 60 – 249 lots

  • Applicant Kit for Large Subdivisions
  • SSF Subdivision Sustainability Management Plan for Large Subdivisions – Template
  • Very Large Subdivisions 250+ lots

  • Applicant Kit for Very Large Subdivisions
  • SSF Subdivision Sustainability Management Plan for Very Large Subdivisions – Template


    About the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework

    How does the SSF Trial work?

    Council’s Planning team, along with the Sustainable Subdivision Advisor, will work with applicants to assess their residential subdivision applications against the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework (SSF). There is no additional application fee for developers to use the Advisor resource.

    We invite you to talk to us about opportunities to apply the SSF to your subdivision application. We acknowledge implementing any recommendations within the SSF is voluntary; we do however strongly encourage developers to use the SSF to frame your thinking when preparing the initial concept subdivision design and then implement any opportunities identified during the detailed design process.

    We welcome all feedback on the SSF and welcome collaboration with the development community to improve the SSF and deliver beneficial outcomes for our community.

    Why is the SSF important?

    The creation of a subdivision is the creation of a community. A subdivision is an opportunity to set up community life that will extend over many decades. The initial subdivision design represents an enormous opportunity to create fundamental conditions for a sustainable and resilient community.

    Despite clear objectives in existing planning policy seeking to influence sustainable design outcomes in the built environment, there is limited information regarding requirements and standards to support robust evaluation of subdivisions from a sustainability perspective.

    The long-term nature of subdivision planning is now set against a backdrop where our climate is fundamentally changing. Many councils are planning population growth for the next 20-30 years and are currently considering how these communities might contribute to achieving the 2050 net zero emissions target identified in the Victorian Climate Change Act.

    What will the SSF achieve?

    The SSF seeks to mitigate the impact of future climate projection scenarios, by creating sustainable and liveable subdivisions that can adapt to the changing climate. The SSF identifies seven categories that can assist in creating environmentally sustainable subdivisions. These are:

    • Site Layout and Liveability
    • Streets and Public Realm
    • Energy
    • Ecology
    • Integrated Water Management (IWM)
    • Urban Heat
    • Circular Economy (Materials and Waste)

The seven SSF categories each include objectives and measurable standards to facilitate stronger sustainability outcomes and apply innovation and implementation considerations to all categories.

For further detailed information about the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework, please visit the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) website. From the website you can access an extensive array of resources to support the SSF, including case studies, Frequently Asked Questions, a copy of the SSF itself and sample submission requirements.