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What You Need To Know About Land Subdivision

Posted by on March 18, 2022

Just the thought of becoming a real estate investor in Kenya has gotten you a step closer to begin your dynasty story of wealth. As Kenya’s Number One strategic partner in the real estate industry for the past 7 years, we can assure you that dynasties are all conceived by owning land. (it’s not a proven theory yet) haha anyway now that I got your attention,  imagine you’ve just got a “Congratulations for being the newest land investor in Kenya”. Feels good right? 

However, investing in land has its facts and processes behind the easy concept of just purchase and getting your title deed.  For instance, you need to understand more about land processes than just its returns. On this Blog-episode we discuss Land subdivision.


This is the process of subdividing land on ground and acquiring individual titles for each individual plot. Easy right? Let’s break it down to easy steps that you as the investor should know.

  1. The Subdivision plan is drawn internally and approved by a private & the county physical planner. 
  2. Checks are done for county land zoning laws and regulations. Certificate of Compliance Issued.
  3. A licensed surveyor issues a mutation form which the approved subdivision plan is drawn on. The licensed surveyor stamps and signs for approval.
  4. Application for land control board form is filled and approved by either the normal monthly Land Control Board or through the Special Board through the Deputy County Commissioner
  5. Latest certificate of official search, copy of land title, owner documents, stamp duty payment proof, tax pin certificate and all documents above presented to the Deputy County Commissioner.
  6. Letter of consent issued. NOTE: For leasehold, Commissioner Of Lands issues the letter of consent.
  7. Field works may commence.
  8. Mutation forms are presented to the District Surveyor who issues new numbers. Map is amended.
  9. Land registrar issues green cards for freehold land. White card issued for leasehold land.
  10. Land transfer to clients can happen at this stage.

Requirements for Land Subdivision

  1. Official proof of the title deed search.
  2. Approved consent from the area’s Land Control Board to subdivide your parcel of land.
  3. Three copies of filled PPA 1 form (Power Purchase Agreements) sourced from the County offices.
  4. Well-drawn scheme showing the proposed subdivision. It should include how the land will be accessed and how waste and surface water will be disposed of. 
  5. Signed planning brief from the physical planner.
  6. Title deed of the land.
  7. A well-drawn location map of the property.
  8. Payment receipts – for application of subdivision and land rates if any.

Reasons For Land Subdivision

  1. To divide amongst family members.
  2. As a gift or a donation towards friends, religious centers, organizations etc.
  3. To resell and gain profits.
  4. To increase and appreciate the value of the land through selling to those interested in property to purchase.
  5. To use a certain portion of land to generate income and capital to invest or use on the rest.

For those still deliberating whether to buy land or not, take a pause and go check out steps to successful Real Estate investing, and thank me later. 

For those still deliberating whether to buy land or not, take a pause and go check out steps to successful Real Estate investing, and thank me later. 

Real estate is an exciting venture to dive in for any investor and even better for those who work hand in hand with legitimate real estate companies in Kenya such as The Wealthsmith Limited. Cheers to all investors who choose to invest in real estate, and even better for choosing The Wealthsmith Limited as your trusted partner.

Call us on 0796528157 for more information on Investing in land and everything real estate.

One thought on “What You Need To Know About Land Subdivision

  • on May 13, 2022

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for providing these details.

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