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Subdivision Definition

What is a subdivision?

For the purposes of these regulations, subdivision shall mean:

A. Division of any parcel of land shown as a unit or as contiguous units on the last preceding tax role into two or more parcels for the purpose, whet
her immediate or future, of transfer of ownership, when:
I. Any one of such parcels after division is less than five acres; or
II. The parcels created by the division are five acres or more and involve or create new streets or easements of access to an existing public dedicated street.
III. The parcel or parcels so created involve a sale or exchange between adjoining owners a result in the creation of an additional building site.

B. The improvement of any one or more parcels of land for residential and commercial or industrial structures or groups of structures involving the division or allocation of land for the opening, widening, or extension of any street or streets, except private streets, serving industrial structures.

C. A division or allocation of land as open spaces for common use to owners, occupants, or leaseholders, or as easements for the extension and maintenance of public sewer, water, storm drainage, or other public facilities. There are two types of subdivisions; minor and major.


Minor Subdivision
Any parcel along an existing street not involving the opening, widening, or extension of any street or road, and involving no more than 5 lots after the original tract has been completely subdivided and provided that the same is not contrary to applicable platting, subdividing or zoning regulations is known as a minor subdivision.

  1. An “original tract’ within meaning of this section is a contiguous quantity of land held in common ownership which has not platted by the existing owner or owners.
  2. “Completely subdivided” as used in this section means a tract which is divided into many lots as the subdivider intends for that tract.
  3. The further division of an original tract which has been previously divided into 5 lots requires the replatting of the original plat.

Major Subdivision
Any subdivision that does not meet the definition of a minor subdivision.

Wish to create a subdivision?
The Richland County Regional Planning Commission administers the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, Ohio to assist those who wish to create a subdivision. These Regulations shall be applicable to all subdivision of land within the unincorporated area of Richland County except land within three (3) miles of the Corporation limits of those cities having jurisdiction over platting. If land under consideration is near the boundary line, check the large scale map at the Richland County Regional Planning Commission Office. (See Appendix Form 1)

For further directions, please click the link that pertains to the type of subdivision you wish to create. The complete Subdivision Regulations file can be found under the Forms folder. Listed below is a simple flow chart to help you start the process.

The Richland County Regional Planning Commission has provided the public with the necessary forms that must be completed if you wish to create a subdivision.  The forms are posted individually or as a packet. Please compete these forms and return them to the Richland County Regional Planning Commission to be reviewed and approved.