Steffan Harries

What is a ‘splitter’ block?

A “splitter block” refers to an ideal parcel of land suitable for subdivision or lot reconfiguration, typically resulting in the creation of two separate lots from a single property. A splitter block already consists of two allotments held under a single title, allowing the possibility to divide them into two individual titles for the purpose of selling separate parcels of land. However, the process may not be as straightforward as it seems.

How to identify a splitter block

To identify a splitter block, it is advisable to utilise the Council’s an interactive mapping system or property search tools to investigate if multiple allotments are associated with the property in question. For instance, examining the image below reveals that both #48 and #50 McIlwraith Avenue are part of the same property holding, indicating a splitter block.

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This method can be applied to various local councils throughout Queensland, and splitter blocks may not always be limited to two lots. Some properties of a similar nature might encompass 5-10 lots within the property holding, making it worthwhile to explore the mapping.

What do you have to do with a splitter lot?

To separate the titles of a splitter lot, you will need to engage a conveyance solicitor who will handle the necessary paperwork for submission to the Titles office. Typically, no Council approval is required, and the installation of new services such as sewer, water, or power is not necessary. Although the process is presumed to be straightforward, complications may arise.

Some key issues to look out for with splitter blocks

Certain key issues should be taken into consideration when dealing with splitter blocks. Often, splitter blocks may feature a traditional character building or a heritage-protected house situated in the middle of the property, posing challenges for removal. In such cases, the titles cannot be split if a house obstructs the new boundary, as the Titles office will not allow it. Consequently, you would end up owning a single residential dwelling on two lots rather than achieving separate titles for each.

Another significant issue involves the availability of services for the new allotment. For example, there may only be one connection to a sewer line, and the main line may pass through the neighbor’s property. While it is not your responsibility to establish the new connection, selling a property without service connections can be challenging. Therefore, it is advisable to address these concerns before proceeding with the title split. Problems may arise if neighbors deny access to integral services required for building a dwelling, ultimately preventing the splitting of titles and resulting in a large vacant block of land unsuitable for construction.

Additionally, there are other subtle issues that can significantly impact the feasibility of a splitter block, such as protected vegetation, steep slopes, or limited vehicular access to the vacant lot. In cases where a splitter block is being considered, it is recommended to seek the advice of a town planner to assess the situation accurately.

If you have any inquiries regarding a splitter block, please feel free to contact one of our friendly town planners for a free initial consultation. Simply provide the address and full details of your query below. Our team will be happy to assist you. Please allow a couple of days for us to investigate and respond to your request.

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