Can I divide my property?
To divide a parcel(s) to create new residential lots the development plan must be reviewed through the residential subdivision review process.
In some instances, if a property is not zoned for residential uses it must first be rezoned before proceeding through the subdivision or site plan process.
Subdividing land requires approval from the Planning department.
Creating a new lot falls into one of these three processes. The Zoning Administrator will determine which process to follow based on:
• The number of lots proposed
• The need to extend public utilities (water and sewer) to the property
• The need to upgrade or construct roads to serve the development
• The need to construct public drainage improvements to serve the development
Please contact the Planning & Zoning Office to discuss the scope of the proposed division before submitting any applications.

Minor Subdivision
A minor subdivision is the division of a parent tract into less than five (5) lots and family subdivisions which results in one (1) division per family member. Also, the first two (2) divisions of land into parcels which are twenty (20) acres or more and all parcels in excess of forty (40) acres will not count toward a major subdivision, but will be counted for road construction requirements as spelled out in Article 5, Section 6 of the Subdivision Ordinance.
For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure

Family Divisions
A subdivision in which one (1) division of the parent tract is made available to any person who is a natural or legally defined offspring, spouse or parent of the owner. Family divisions have different review criteria and a separate review process from other residential subdivisions. The family exception may not be used to circumvent the Subdivision Ordinance.
For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure

Major Subdivision
The division of land into five (5) or more lots. Major subdivisions require both tentative plat and final plat approvals.
Please see the Major Subdivision Brochure for more information.
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2. Can I divide my property?
3. Do I need a permit?
4. Who can apply for a permit?
5. Does my building permit expire?
6. What edition of the building code is the County of Goochland enforcing?
7. What is the basic design criteria for the County of Goochland?
8. How much is my building permit fee?
9. How do I schedule an inspection?
10. How do I request a time for my inspection?
11. I want to install a sign. Do I need a permit?
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