I am buying or selling a property


It is common to have a Registered Surveyor prepare an Identification Survey Report to be included in the property contract. Your Conveyancer or Solicitor will usually obtain an Identification Report as a matter of due course and most lending authorities require a recent Survey Report prior to finalisation of the mortgage. An Identification Survey Report identifies and locates structures and improvements (residence, sheds, walls, fencing etc) on a parcel of land and shows the distances from the structures to the boundaries of that land. An Identification Survey ensures that you are buying the property that you have been shown and are aware of any defects or discrepancies that may devalue it or create anxiety with neighbours or Council in future. An Identification Survey Report must be prepared by a Registered Surveyor in NSW. Contact us to obtain a quote.




I want to renovate my home or build a new home


A land surveyor will need to prepare a Detail Survey (also known as a Contour Survey or Topographic Survey) of your property showing the features and structures (buildings, driveways, walls, trees, creeks etc.) on the land (and possibly the neighbouring land as well). A Detail Survey shows the existing features and structures within and adjacent to a parcel of land and allows your home builder or Architect to assess the site and design your home. Council require a Detail Survey Plan as part of a DA or CDC. Following Council approval a Surveyor will need to set out the proposed building. Survey set-out of proposed buildings ensures the building is correctly positioned on the site and conforms to the approved design plans. At the completion of construction a Final Identification Survey Report is often a requirement of the Council prior to issue of the Occupation Certificate. This type of survey shows the location and levels of structures and improvements in relation to the boundaries of the land.




I want to build a dual occupancy or duplex on my block


Many Councils allow for the construction of a second dwelling on land in residential zones however you must satisfy certain planning criteria to do so. Depending on the Council, it may be an option to subdivide the land after construction is complete, resulting in separate titles for each dwelling. The process: Assess the feasibility of your site Before committing large amounts of money into a potential dual occupancy or duplex development. A Feasibility Assessment identifies opportunities and constraints of a potential site and can assist by providing information relating to Council requirements for building setbacks, site coverage, private open space, car parking requirements etc. Detail / Contour Survey Preparing house design plans or preparing for a Development Application (DA) with your local Council will require a Land Surveyor to prepare a Detail Survey (also known as a Contour or Topographic Survey) of your property. A Detail Survey shows the existing features and structures within and adjacent to a parcel of land and allows your home builder or architect to assess the site and design your dual occupancy or secondary dwelling. Development application Council require a Detail Survey Plan as part of a DA or CDC. If you propose to subdivide the land following completion of construction a surveying company will need to prepare a Proposed Subdivision Plan to show the proposed location of buildings, boundaries, access ways, easements etc. It is possible (and we recommend) to get Council approval for the construction and subdivision of your dual occupancy in the one development application – most home builders will not tell you this as they do not want to deal with the subdivision side of things which then results in a more costly and more timely development process. Approval Following Council approval a Surveyor will need to set out the proposed building. Survey set-out of proposed buildings ensures the building is correctly positioned on the site and conforms to the approved design plans. At the completion of construction a Final Identification Survey Report is often a requirement of the Council prior to issue of the Occupation Certificate. This type of survey shows the location and levels of structures and improvements in relation to the boundaries of the land. The provision of services (electricity, water, telephone, sewer, stormwater etc.) to the new dwelling will be a requirement and this may involve the construction of an internal driveway. Council contributions (known as Section 94 contributions) will apply for each additional dwelling (these may be up to $20,000 per additional dwelling). If the development involves the subdivision of the land a Registered Surveyor must prepare a Plan of Subdivision for lodgement and registration at the NSW Land Registry Services (LRS). Upon registration of this plan the new lots will be created and new Titles for each lot issued.




I want to subdivide my land


While subdivision can be profitable for many landowners, you need to meet Council requirements to be able to do so. Depending on the type of land subdivision proposed, there will be several different types of surveying and planning services involved. A Development Application (DA) needs to be lodged with the local Council for most types of subdivision. The process Feasibility assessment Before committing large amounts of money into a potential subdivision, assess the feasibility. A Feasibility Assessment identifies opportunities and constraints of a potential development site and can assist by providing information relating to lot size and zoning, sewer and stormwater drainage and existing easements, covenants or restrictions on the land. Prepare a DA for Council lodgement. A land Surveyor will need to prepare a Detail Survey (also known as a Contour Survey or Topographic Survey) of your property showing the features and structures (buildings, driveways, walls, trees, creeks etc.) on the land (and possibly the neighbouring land as well). This plan will be used to determine the best possible lot layout to maximise the development potential of the site. Proposed Subdivision Plan This shows the proposed location of boundaries, roads, access ways, easements, buildings etc. A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) A SEE must accompany the DA and is a report that outlines the planning objectives and legislative controls of the Council and identifies how the proposal complies with these controls. Depending on the site and adjoining areas, other supporting documents such as a Bushfire Report, Flora and Fauna Report or Arborist Report may be required. Approval Following Council approval the landowner or developer needs to carry out a number of consent conditions prior to Council endorsing the final subdivision. The provision of services (electricity, water, telephone, sewer, stormwater etc.) to each of the lots within the subdivision will be a requirement and this may involve the construction of an internal driveway or public road (for larger subdivisions). Council contributions (known as Section 94 contributions) will apply for each additional lot that is to be created as part of the subdivision (these may be up to $20,000 per additional lot created). A Registered Surveyor must prepare a Plan of Subdivision for lodgement and registration at the NSW Land Registry Services (LRS). Upon registration of this plan the new lots will be created and new Titles for each lot issued. Due to the variable nature of sites there may be other issues to be considered prior to subdivision of your land.




I want to determine the boundaries of my land


Do you need to pinpoint the location of the boundaries of your block? Do you and your neighbour disagree about the location of your common boundary? Are you carrying out construction work near your boundaries? Boundary Surveys & Boundary Marking A Boundary Survey determines the location of the boundaries of a parcel of land. The location of any easements, covenants, restrictions etc. can also be determined along with the extent of any encroachments. Marking of a property boundary involves determining and physically marking the boundaries of a lot. In some cases determining the location of property boundaries can be a complex and time consuming task for a Surveyor. This can be due to a number of factors including incorrect or incomplete historical Deposited Plans, survey reference marks in the locality being destroyed or damaged and property boundary corners being inaccessible or difficult to access. Generally older areas where it may be several decades (sometimes even centuries) since the registration of a survey plan are more of a challenge than areas where there has been recent subdivision activity. I am putting up a new boundary fence between my property and my neighbours property Are you building a new fence along your boundary? Since you will be spending a considerable amount of money on the fence it makes sense to ensure it will be built in the correct spot! It is a good idea to have your boundary marked prior to erecting a fence or carrying out any construction near a property boundary. A Boundary Survey determines the location of the boundaries of a parcel of land and physically marks the boundary with survey pegs or other suitable boundary marks. This ensures the contractor builds the fence or wall in the correct position and avoids potential disputes (and in extreme cases having to rebuild the fence or wall in the correct location).




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What Survey do I need?

Know you need a Registered Land Surveyor, but not 100% sure on what type of Survey you need or even what it all means? Thinking of getting a land survey but not sure how much it all costs? 
We understand the world of land surveying can be confusing and overwhelming; as thus, we are here to assist you in finding the right survey to suit your needs.

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