Land development engineering refers to a specific branch of engineering that deals with planning residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use developments. Land development engineers will determine the feasibility of a development project and access to the land to ensure it can support the planned development, and any associated supporting infrastructure required.

The main idea behind land development engineering is to make improvements to a piece of land. The practice of land development is seen as essential for communities as the land development projects can generate more jobs, unite community members through the use of public spaces such as parks, and maintain or increase home values. Land development engineering is a highly specialised discipline as the engineers have to follow a myriad of stringent regulations and rules before any work can begin.