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Minor Subdivisions

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The Chatham County Subdivision Regulations defines Minor Subdivisions as any subdivision containing five (5) lots or less with access to an existing public street, not involving any new street or road, the creation of any public improvements, or the request for a variance.  Minor subdivisions are reviewed and approved by the Subdivision Administrator upon submission of a complete application and application fee.  Section 5.3 of the Subdivision Regulations include the review procedure. 

The following requirements must be met for approval of a minor subdivision:

  • The plat must meet all requirements and standards for Final Plats as required in Section 6.4 of the Subdivision Regulations.
  • There can be no variances requested.
  • There cannot be, as a result of such subdivision, a creation of any lots which fail to meet all requirements of the Subdivision Regulations.
  • No more than five lots may be created using the minor subdivision procedure within a 12 month period in the same location (approximately 1,500 feet).
  • Additional street right-of-way dedication shall be shown on the plat in cases where the existing right-of-way does not meet the present minimum right-of-way width.      

Overview of Minor Subdivision Plat Review Process

  1. Informal consultation with Subdivision Administrator
  2. On-Site riparian buffer determination and stormwater review by the Watershed Protection Department  and Floodplain Determination by the Planning Department.
  3. Review by Chatham County Environmental Health Division 
  4. Engineering and surveying work as necessary
  5. If necessary, road name approval by Emergency Operations Center and Board of Commissioners (new private roads)
  6. Planning Staff review & approval
  7. Payment of Recreation Fee, if applicable. 
  8. GIS Mapping & Record Plat

Minor Subdivision Application Materials

Minor Subdivision Review Fees
Riparian Buffer Service Packet
Minor Subdivision Process Packet

 Family Subdivision Affidavit

Minor Subdivision Application (Residential)  Word 


Minor Subdivision Application (Non-Residential)         Word 


Certificate of Perpetual Easement  Word


Water Service Availability Form Word 



Subdivision Applications, Checklists and Guidelines are also available on the Subdivision Applications & Materials page.

For more information about Minor Subdivisions, please contact:
Paula Phillips, Land Use Administrator
(919) 542-8276

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