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Forming a new property through partitioning

Partitioning refers to separating an area, or a parcel, from the property. In partitioning, we define the limits of the area and the rights required to use the property, such as road rights across another party’s land.

Partitioning is generally done after a sale, gift, or the distribution of an estate. In such a case, the partitioning also includes a survey and registration of the ownership of the parcel.

Partitioning can also be used to split a property into several different properties or to transfer areas between properties that you own. 

Stages and duration of parcelling

Parcelling lasts for about seven months.

Before partitioning

  • You will be sent a notification with the contact details of the cadastral surveyor who’s handling your partitioning. You may contact the surveyor if your need for partitioning is urgent.
  • Think about the name you want to give to the new property. Inform the surveyor of the property’s name at the partitioning meeting, at the latest.
  • We will register the ownership, i.e. the title registration, in the case of a sale or other property transfer.
  • You will be notified of when the partitioning will take place. The cadastral surveyor will notify you roughly one month before your application is processed. This notification will also be sent to your neighbours, if there is a need to discuss property lines or road rights.

Parcelling (roughly six months after application)

  • Parcelling is generally handled at an in-person meeting. Participation in this meeting is not necessary.
  • The cadastral surveyor will measure the boundaries of the area and set the necessary property markers.
  • The surveyor will establish the necessary road rights and other access rights.

After parcelling (roughly one month after processing)

  • You will be sent an invoice, if you are determined to be the payer in the parcelling process. The payment term is generally set at 30 days.
  • The new data will be available in the register.

Any stated processing times are averages. They are affected by the time of year, among others, as it is usually not possible to take measurements in winter. In a clearer situation, parcelling can be carried out without a meeting and the changes registered faster.


Parcelling costs are dependent on the area size and the number of new properties. For instance, parcelling a plot that’s under one hectare costs €1,320. Responsibility for the payment generally lies with the of the owner of the parcelled area.

The price includes all the costs of the parcelling, such as measurements, property markers, the establishment of rights, and changes to the registry. 

Applying for parcelling

If you have acquired the parcel through a sale, as a gift, or as another transfer, apply for a title registration. An application for title registration also initiates parcelling.

If you want to parcel areas of a property you already own, apply for parcelling according to the instructions below. Include a map with your application that has the areas to be parcelled marked in. You can use MapSite or a similar service to prepare your map.

Follow these steps

  1. Collect all necessary attachments and save them in .jpg or .pdf format.
  2. Apply for parcelling in the e-service:

    - private customers in Finnish or in Swedish
    - organisations in Finnish or in Swedish

    Persons that are registered as having the right to sign on behalf of an organisation in Trade Register can sign in to the service on behalf of an organisation.

  3. First, pick the property that you are applying to parcel. Select ‘Cadastral surveys’ and then ‘Apply for other survey’.
  4. Put in that you are applying for a parcelling of your own property and attach the map.

If you do not have access to the online service, you can also apply for a survey with a paper application form in Finnish or in Swedish.

If you want electronic copies of the survey documents, enable messages (in Finnish).



Product Maximum area (hectares) Price € (excl. VAT) Price € (incl. VAT)
0,1 1 120,00 No VAT
1 1 320,00 No VAT
5 1 630,00 No VAT
20 1 990,00 No VAT
60 2 540,00 No VAT
100 3 000,00 No VAT
200 4 160,00 No VAT
300 5 380,00 No VAT
400 6 780,00 No VAT
500 8 180,00 No VAT
Each consequent starting 100 ha740,00No VAT

In the local plan area, municipalities receive a 30% discount on their survey fee from the fee based on the table if the survey is performed on territory owned by the municipality and the municipality has satisfactorily completed all the topographic work required for the survey, using its own boundary markers.

The fees of parcelling are determined by the date on which the title application arrives. The parcels are the same price, whether they were made separately or in connection to other surveys.

The cadastral survey fee for parcelling is based on the area of the parcelled property or the areas transferred to the recipient property per parcelled or recipient property.

The fee for subdivision of a public area to a municipality is based on the number of working hours spent. Public areas include, for example, street areas that conform to the local detailed plan.

Example 1:

The parcelling consists of three designated areas on three properties: area A 0.5 ha, area B 0.3 ha and area C 1.2 ha. Designated areas A and B will be parcelled into one property, and designated area C will be transferred to a property already owned by the same owner. The topographic work will be carried out in connection to the meeting, a surveyor of the National Land Survey will act as an assistant, and the cadastral surveyor will bring the boundary markers. In order to perform the parcelling, it is necessary to execute demarcation against one neighbouring property and establish a right-of-way to two external properties.


  • Each parcelling fee comes directly from the above table and the area size. That means that designated areas A and B of a total of 0.8 ha are €1,320, and designated area C, 1.2 ha is €1,630.
  • The costs of demarcation, the establishment of a right of way, surveyor and boundary markers are included in the fee. The cadastral survey fee is paid by the parcelled property’s owner, unless otherwise agreed.

Example 2:

The parcelling comprises two designated areas of one property: area, A 0.5 ha, and area B, 1.2 ha. Designated areas A and B are parcelled into different properties. In addition, the 50 ha of private water area included in the main property will become a joint water area C shared by the parcelled properties and the base property.


  • The parcelling fees are determined based on the above table and the area size. That means that designated area A 0.5 ha is €1,320, and designated area B 1.2 ha is €1,630.
  • The fee for the establishment of the joint area C is €2,540, based on an area of 50 ha as stated in the table above.

Example 3:

The parcelling consists of a designated area of 0.4 ha in a single property. A land exchange will also be carried out, where 0.5 ha of the base property is transferred, and 0.6 ha of the neighbouring property. 


  • Based on the above table and the area of 0.4 ha of the designated area, the parcelling fee is €1,320.
  • The fee for the exchange is €1,630 based on the total area of 1.1 ha of the exchanged areas, as shown in the table above.

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