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Architectural Site Plans vs. Static Plot Plans

By | October 12th, 2018|Plot Plans|

There are many types of site plans, also called plot plans, with varying levels of detail. They can depict a single-family residence (SFR), a neighborhood or a multi-family dwelling such as condos or an apartment complex. This guide explains the difference between two common types of site plans: Static: A plot plan representing property as it is, without regard to future changes. This type of plan is like a map. Changing: A site plan showing both the current state of the property and proposed amendments to it. This type is often called an architectural site plan. […]

Water Well Drilling: Site Plans and Permits – What to Expect?

By | July 31st, 2018|Plot Plans, Water Well Drilling Permits|

This guide will walk you through getting the necessary approvals and drafting a site plan for obtaining a permit to drill a well. Residential Well Drilling Site Plan Example Water well costs are included for site evaluations, permits, drilling and connecting the well to a home or building. There’s a table of costs at the end of the guide. Application for a Well: County or State? An application must first be filed. If it is approved, you’ll be allowed a permit. In parts of the country, often where ground water is plentiful, your county government is the place to apply for a well drilling permit. Where water is scarce, application to the state might be required. For example, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, “regulates all groundwater wells in Arizona. Prior to drilling a new well, or deepening or modifying an existing well, a person must file a Notice of Intent to Drill with the Department.” As you’d expect, there’s an application fee of $100 or $150 based on the proposed well’s location. In Arizona, your local office might require an additional fee. Check your county’s Building Department or Health Department website or office to discover whether the well permit process begins at the county or state level. Even if you must apply to the state, the county office should handle the paperwork required. Gathering Information for the Application This Application for a Well Permit from Trinity County, CA shows the type of information you might be expected to provide. Others, like this one from Solano County, CA include contractor information about workers’ compensation and certification of code compliance. In such cases, it is best to have the well drilling contractor apply for the well permit. […]

Rendered Site Plan Cost: Licensed Survey vs. Online Plot Plans

By | July 17th, 2018|Plot Plans|

A site plan is also called a plot plan or conceptual plan. It provides a view from above to show proposed initial or additional development to a property. They’re prepared digitally and can be shared in that form or printed for display. This guide to site plans answers questions about the purpose of a site plan, where to get a site plan and their costs based on who prepares the drawing. […]

Top 12 Things to Include in your Plot Plan

By | July 15th, 2018|Plot Plans|

Plot plans are used for zoning, permitting, marketing, real estate transactions, and informational purposes, and details included in a plot plan will differ based on the intended use. That said, all plot plans aka site plans should include these 12 essential features: Property Boundaries Property lines with dimensions give the viewer an understanding of the scope of the plot including its shape and size. Without them, plots of 1 acre and 10 acres might be indistinguishable when both are shown in 11”x17” plot plan drawings. Of course, these lines and dimensions are required when your plot plan is used to obtain approval and permits or for legal purposes.   […]

What is a Site Plan? 12 Elements of a Smart Plot Plan, Plus a Floor Plan vs. a Site Plan — What’s the Difference?

By | April 30th, 2018|Plot Plans|

Home and property improvements can result in significant changes to your residence and outdoor space including landscaping and backyard. Whether you do the work yourself or hire an architect, builder, or a contractor, the desired change to your property normally starts with a plan. And part of that plan is knowing the existing territory and layout of your property and understanding how it will be improved or altered. — This is where a site plan also known as a plot plan comes into the picture. In a Nutshell A site plan is a readable map or a residential diagram depicting the plot of land on which the house sits, along with landscape topography and any exterior features or structures such as a detached garage, in-ground swimming pool, large trees, fencing, utility poles and power lines, driveways, easements, etc. […]

Where Can I Get a Site Plan of My Property?

By | March 13th, 2018|Plot Plans|

It’s very likely a site plan has been produced for your property. You’ll need it to apply for a building permit for things like an addition, deck or shed. If you’re selling your property, your realtor might want to have a plot plan to help market your home. A site plan, also called a plot plan, is a drawing of your property that shows its dimensions, structures and physical features. Where to Find a Site Plan Here’s where you might locate your plot plan. If it doesn’t turn up, or if you need a new one to reflect changes made to your property, the good news is that one can be produced very affordably. We’ll show you where to get one made. […]

Site Plans in Maricopa County, AZ – How to Get your Plot Plan Approved

By | August 22nd, 2017|Plot Plans|

According to the Maricopa County Planning and Developing Department, a site plan must be obtained almost any time a building permit is required. We reached out to various building departments, and their representatives said that a site plan is required for any alteration larger than upgrading an electric panel. This general principle holds for local cities too. You can always contact your local building department to determine if your proposed project requires a permit and/or a site plan. This guide will help you get a site plan that Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Temple and other metropolitan cities in Arizona require for developing or altering property. If your city doesn’t have a planning department, then a Maricopa County site plan is needed. The terms “site plan”, “plot plan” and “concept plan” are used interchangeably. — You will like encounter the terms when reviewing the documents or hear it when discussing your plans with an architect or public official in Arizona. The topics covered in this guide: What a site plan is When to get a site plan Where to submit the site plan What a Maricopa County site plan or local city site plan must include How to get a site plan or plot plan Getting your site plan approved […]

Top 9 Exterior Remodels that may Require a Site Plan to Get a Building Permit

By | March 25th, 2017|Building Permits, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Plot Plans, Remodeling Ideas|

Major exterior remodeling upgrades such as building a new deck, adding a sun room or reshaping the landscape architecture on your property are exciting and fun, but these projects can go a lot smoother if you have a solid plan in place before any work is done. In many municipal districts i.e. local cities and towns, the local government will normally require a building permit to be “pulled” aka obtained prior to any major remodeling work commencing. Wait, What’s a Building Permit Anyways? A building permit provides a legal verification that the proposed project and its explicit plans meet the local building code requirements and state ordinances. Often times, many homeowners aren’t sure which projects require a permit and which don’t. Not surprisingly, most major projects do. It’s always prudent to contact your local zoning office to double check if your upcoming project(s) will require a permit. Doing this in advance can streamline the process, as approval can sometimes take weeks. When is the Building Permit Required? As a very general rule of thumb, most municipalities go with a figure of $5,000. If your project is priced at over $5,000, then plan on having to get a building permit. But, even if it costs less than that, you may still need one. Remodeling projects where building permits are almost always required include: yard fences over 3 feet tall, room additions, decks, garages, sheds, new windows and siding (to name a few). Upgrades that normally don’t require a permit are: installing hardwood floors or carpeting, minor electrical repairs, interior painting and/or wallpapering. What Happens If I Don’t Pull a Building Permit? Not having a building permit pulled for a project that actually needed one can have major repercussions for you later on. For instance, if you decide to sell your home at some point in the future, then any major upgrades for which the permit was not pulled, could open you up to a law suit, unless you disclose all the “unapproved” upgrades prior to the sale. If a home inspection or appraisal discovers an “unapproved” upgrade (especially, if on top of not having the permit pulled for, the upgrade in question is not in compliance with the local building code), then the buyer’s loan could be denied until or unless the project is remedied in such a way that a proper building permit is obtained. In other words, a time consuming process that could cost the seller a lot of money. There are also potential issues with your home insurance company denying a serious claim and nullifying your policy for non-compliance with the local building code requirements i.e. not pulling the permit and knowingly engaging in unauthorized improvements to your property. A Site Plan Can Help You “Hack” and Speed Up the Whole Building Permit Obtaining Process Part of what obtaining a building permit for some of the larger, outdoor home improvement projects may be significantly less painful — less costly — less time consuming, if you provide a site plan to accompany the proposed renovation. […]