Site Plan Survey

Georgia Land Surveying is no longer offering site plans as a service. We have left this page as a reference to help people with the process. We do offer boundary surveys, topographic surveys, and tree surveys which are a component of the site plan survey. For the planning part of the site plan, an engineering firm should be hired. We currently work with Crescent View Engineering to complete the planning part of the site plan survey.

When you are requesting a permit to build on your property—whether it’s an entire house from the ground up, or a room addition—the local governing jurisdiction will typically ask you to submit a site plan survey providing detailed information about the site where you plan to build, as well as the proposed improvements.

WHEN DO YOU NEED A SITE PLAN SURVEY?

As mentioned above, site plan surveys are most often requested to obtain building permits for property improvements. However, there are other reasons to obtain this survey besides just getting a permit. For example, if the site is in a flood plain, an engineer may need to look at a site plan in order to come up with a strategy for grading the land. A site plan survey can also serve as a measure for accuracy to make sure the building or addition is being built correctly. In short, anytime you are planning for some sort of improvement that interacts with the land, from add-ons to driveways to below-ground pools, a site plan survey may be a good idea, even if your local authorities do not require it.

WHAT A SITE PLAN SURVEY ENTAILS

The level of detail in a site plan is usually determined by the governing jurisdiction for the site.  Standard site plans will show the existing and proposed improvements, topography, tree location, tree recompense, proposed grading, silt and tree fencing, and lot coverage calculations. Most of the governing jurisdictions now have checklists online to give you an idea of the requirements. A good search might be “residential site plan checklist”.