Are You Building A Home Or Extension? Get Answers To Questions You May Have About As-Built Land Surveys

If you are building a home on empty land, or adding an extension onto your home, you maybe required to get an as-built land survey in order to get a building permit. This is not a term most people are familiar with. If you have never heard this term before, you likely will wonder what an as-built land survey is and why it is needed. Here are a few frequently asked questions about as-built land surveys.

What is an As-Built Land Survey?

An as-built land survey is a blue plan of sorts. It gives clear measurements of what the land is and detailed measurements for what the home, home extension, or building will be. It may also list existing features on the land, much like a land survey, and what the plans are for removing or altering those features to accommodate the building. 

How Does an As-Built Land Survey Differ From Other Building Plans?

As was mentioned above, an as-built land survey is similar to both blue prints and traditional land surveys. However, these plans have one distinct difference. The biggest difference is that these plans detail what the site will look like at different intervals through the building process. It may have one plan for land clearing, one plan for foundation pouring, and one plan for when the structural walls are placed. This gives the construction company detailed instructions to follow each step of the way and allows a building permit entity to look over the detailed plans you have submitted for review and make a decision as to whether the plans are approved or denied. 

How Do You Know if You Need an As-Built Land Survey to Get a Building Permit?

The laws regarding as-built land surveys vary from county to county and state to state. The engineer or architect you are working with to build your structure should be able to advise you as to what permits you need and what is needed to obtain those permits. If you are not working with one of these professionals, contact the county or state office that issues building permits where you live and obtain information about what is needed in order to obtain the building permit. 

Until a building permit has been obtained, you cannot start construction. In some cases an as-built land survey is needed to get this permit. Understanding what this is can help you to better understand why it is needed and its importance in the construction process. For more information, contact a company like Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc.