All Strata Subdivision Certificate (SC) applications on the Northern Beaches are now required to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.

This follows a mandate by the NSW Government for 42 Councils in metropolitan Sydney to use the e-planning Portal.  It is recommended that applicants take note of the steps below to prevent any delays in the processing of Strata Subdivision Certificate Applications.

Strata Title Subdivision (SC)

A strata subdivision is most commonly used within apartment buildings. This title gives individual ownership to small portions of a larger property and an undivided share to common property (e.g. gardens or driveways). Owners will become members of the body corporate, which controls maintenance. Before you can register the strata title subdivision with the NSW Land Registry, you must lodge a subdivision certificate with a D1 Registered Certifier. A list of currently accredited certifiers is available on the Fair Trading website

Termination of Strata

Strata schemes can also be terminated. Once Council has signed the Termination of Strata application, the owner will have to submit the documentation to the NSW Land Registry to make the termination effective. For information in relation to the termination of strata schemes please phone us on 1300 434 434 and ask to speak to a Building Surveyor

Steps to lodging your Subdivision Certificate (SC) Application

Prior to lodging your SC application, please refer to the steps below to ensure you lodge an assessment ready application:

How to lodge your Subdivision Certificate (SC) on the NSW Planning Portal

We've outlined some steps to assist you in lodging your application through the NSW Planning Portal

Step 1 - Register or Login

Access the NSW Planning Portal and either login to your account or refer to Register for a Planning Portal account guide to create an account.

Step 2 - Enter your specific Subdivision Certificate (SC) application details

Enter the specific application details in the portal using the Submit a Subdivision Certificate guide.

Payment - Complete and upload a Credit Card Payment Form at the time of lodgement. 

Step 3 - Completeness check

Once you have submitted the application through the Portal, Council will review the documentation for completeness. Based on the information submitted, Council will make a decision to accept the application, request additional information or reject the application.  If Council need additional information, you will receive an email from the Planning Portal outlining exactly what information is required to be submitted for Council to proceed to formally accepting your application.

Note, it is preferable for applicants to upload all required additional information at the same time, to help ensure an efficient and smooth process.

Contact our Business Support & Administration Team on 1300 434 434 if you have queries about the additional information request.

Support available for our applicants

Should you encounter difficulties with logging in to the planning portal or registering your planning portal account, refer to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment's FAQ web page, call Service NSW on 1300 305 695 or email

Phone us on 1300 434 434 and speak to the Business Support & Administration Team - If you have lodged your application and wish to enquire as to a status update or which Building Surveyor the application has been allocated to.