Before you can even begin any kind of construction whether it is residential or commercial you must obtain permits from local government agencies. And most agencies request that you provide a site plan of the proposed work for them to review prior to approving. Owens Surveying can provide you with a site plan survey so you and your designer or contractor can create the necessary site plan documentation needed for submission.
Why do I need a site plan survey?
As stated, before a site plan needs to be created for submission for a permit to be pulled before any major project. Your local government wants to know what you plan to do and if you have planned accordingly to meet their ordinances and regulations.
Every state has different regulations and ordinances can vary from county to county within a state. Nowhere else is this truer than within the state of North Carolina. We have coastal plains near the easternmost of the state and steep mountain inclines near the western counties.
Owens Surveying works with clients in all the counties of Western North Carolina and we have in-depth knowledge of what their local governments require.
We will work closely with your architect while also working closely with you to make sure everyone’s needs are met, and the proper plans are created. By allowing us to survey your land you can rest assured that the data we provide will be accurate negating the need for multiple resubmissions.
In addition to the proper permits needing to be pulled a site plan survey can be used by other professionals.
You will have more than one contractor working on your projects most of the time and having a detailed site plan will help everyone to work within the same guidelines.
When might I need a site plan survey?
We suggest creating a site plan survey for any improvements you may make on your property that are going to interact with the land and will be permanent.
Examples of permanent improvements:
- Building Additional Homes
- Sheds and Garages
- Barns and Other Large Buildings
- Additional Roads or Drives
- In-Ground Pools
- And More as Determined by Local Governments
What is generally noted on a site plan?
Every local jurisdiction requires differing details but in general, they will include the following:
- Boundaries of the Land
- Natural Elements
- Silt Fencing
- Existing Structures
- Proposed Structures
- Calculations of the Lot
- Utility Locations
Noting Utility Location
One of the most important factors in a site plan is noting where underground utilities are located. If these are not noted digging into the earth can cause a mountain of problems before you even begin major construction.
Utilities that Should be Noted:
- Electricity Distribution
- Oil and Natural Gas
- Water and Sewer
- Telecommunication Lines
- Fiber Optics
- Storm Drains
- And Possibly More
Don’t dig until you find out where these lines run on your property because they will not only affect you but those around you as well.
Owens Surveying has special equipment and knowledge to find these lines and mark them for you and your hired contractors.
The more details you can obtain and document before you begin construction the better prepared and more smoothly your project will progress. We are here to help you in pre-planning your projects all the way through each phase until post-construction. Accuracy is important throughout from the beginning until the end and beyond.
Contact Owens Surveying when you are thinking about adding improvements on your property and we will assist you and your team in creating a site plan survey. We serve the greater Western North Carolina area and work closely with residential and commercial clients alike.