One of the reasons a topographic or site plan survey is completed is for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, whether that’s a homeowner building a small addition, or building an entire house. Additional purposes of needing a topographic survey are for design elements, such as landscaping and drainage. The governing jurisdiction for the site will determine the level of detail required in the site plan. Standard site plans will show the existing and proposed improvements, topography, visible utilities, tree location, proposed grading, and lot coverage calculations. We work closely with builders, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and government officials to create a plan that will please the homeowner and at the same time conform to the requirements of the governing jurisdiction.
When is a Topographic Survey Needed?
Site plans and topographic surveys are usually requested to obtain building permits for permanent property improvements, such as adding on an extension or dormer to a home. Additionally, site plans and topographical surveys are used by engineers, architects, and builders to determine a strategy for the project on the given property. A topographical survey shows all surface features of a property and identifies all the natural features and land elevations. This type of survey is usually needed for design purposes for new construction, new home/building development, home expansion, and drainage.
What is the Difference Between a Boundary Survey and a Topographic Survey?
A boundary survey is the most basic type of land survey. It assesses the boundaries of a property, maps property lines, and defines total acreage. In addition, a boundary survey identifies possible encroachments and property issues. After performing a boundary survey, a professional can provide in-line staking, so you know exactly where your plot lines are.
A topographic survey is a bit more detailed and includes spot elevations and contour lines. Topographic surveys also examine buildings on the land or features such as streets, trees, utilities, and drainage.
Why Choose Scalice Land Surveying P.C. For a Site Plan Survey/Topographic Survey?
Scalice Land Surveying P.C. serves multiple states including New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, and Connecticut. We specialize in a full range of surveying services. We utilize the latest in equipment/technology and are very diligent in our research practices. Additionally, we offer customized packages that include discounts. Our crews are experienced, professional, and efficient to ensure an accurate survey is conducted each time.