SUBDIVISIONS The State of Wyoming describes a subdivision as: “the creation or division of a lot, tract, parcel or other unit of land for the immediate or future purpose of sale, building development or redevelopment for residential, recreational, industrial, commercial or public uses.”
Subdivision Regulations govern the division of land within the unincorporated parts of Fremont County. These regulations were developed pursuant to Wyoming State Statutes (W.S. 18-5-301 through 18-5-315).
Fremont County regulations cover two types of Subdivisions:
A division that creates up to five (5) lots is a Simple Subdivision. This kind of development must follow the Simple Subdivision Regulations found on this page.
A division that creates six (6) lots or more is a Regular Subdivision. This kind of development has more stringent regulations that follow State Statue and must follow the Regular Subdivision Regulations found on this page.
Exemptions from Regulation
There are a number of exempt divisions of land as stipulated by State Statute. Fremont County Planning recommends contacting the Director of Planning to ensure you understand the types of exempt divisions so that you don’t inadvertently create an illegal subdivision. The most common exemptions are:
• 35 Acre Parcel Exemption – In this case, any parcel may be divided as long as there are no resulting parcels that are less than 35 acres. In all these cases, parcels must have a recorded ingress, egress and utility easement of not less than 40 feet.
• Boundary Line Adjustment Exemption – Boundary line adjustments outside Platted Subdivisions are exempt from subdivision rule with the provision that a survey must be done and a new deed written to merge the adjusted land into the existing parcel. Boundary Line Adjustments cannot create a new parcel of land.
• Family Exemption – A single gift or sale to a member of the landowner’s immediate family is exempt as long as the land has been titled in the name of the grantor, or in the name of a trust controlled by the grantor, for a combined period of not less than ten (10) years and the purpose of the division is to provide for housing, business or agricultural needs. Parcels created under this exemption must be retained for a minimum of five (5) years and no parcel smaller than 5 acres may be further divided without a Subdivision Permit.