Subdivision of land and/or buildings in Lebanon and Beirut requires the following documentation:
- Photo of the plot and its borders, one in which the project site is indicated.
- A survey or plan of the plot area. A qualified surveyor is required if no such document exists.
- A real estate certificate obtained from the mukhtar for unregistered areas, with an expiration date of three months.
- A planning certificate from the Urbanization Office indicating the zone in the area. This certificate also expires after three months.
- A statement by the applicant that no requests for a construction permit has been filed. In the case that the applicant requested and was issued a permit to build, a copy of the permit must be included in the application.
- A statement by the applicant that the land is not subject to public projects or is not cited in any lawsuits and is not subject to expropriation.
- A general plan showing the plot and its surrounding area produced on three different scales.
- A plan of ratio and altitude lines.
- A plan of the subdivision project signed by the owner or a certified agent and by the engineer or the surveyor who drew the plan. Private streets must be color coded in yellow, public streets in red, gardens and services in green. Six copies of the plan must be provided.
- A plan of the section of the length and width of the road network, the surface, the nature of the land and the line of the final project. The plan should also indicate where walls, supports and bridges would be placed. Three copies of this document must be provided.
- Public utilities’ (electricity, water, sewage, lighting) studies and plans must be included in the request to subdivide plots of 25,000m2 and greater.
- A study providing that the passage rights of the plot is not linked to an existing public road network.
- The construction system governs that individual owners of subdivided parcels should follow:
1. An urbanization study by an urbanization engineer for plots greater than 50,000m2.
2. Cost estimates for any required public utility networks.
3. Estimated time for completion of the project
In order to complete the subdivision of a built property, developers must obtain the following documentation:
- A residential building permit.
- A statement of the plot’s rental value from the Department of Constructed Properties at the Ministry of Finance.
- Land ownership deed.
- A notarized building planning form is needed for buildings of more than two parts.
- The surveyed plan for the building.