Land surveyors are an essential component of your commercial construction project. Unfortunately, most developers underestimate the benefits of engaging a land surveyor as they develop their properties. Below is a piece detailing the reasons to hire a land surveyor for your commercial development project.
Once you purchase property, you rely on the seller's word and fences to establish the current boundaries. However, before you commence any construction work on the property, it is always a wise move to mark out the boundaries. After all, you do not want boundary disputes with your neighbours or the local council. The land surveyor assesses land maps and the local topography to establish the current boundaries. If the property has a waterfront, wind, storms, and waves could have altered the original shape of the property. If this is the case, there is a probability that the boundary could have shifted due to this erosion. The lands surveyor marks new property boundaries to ensure you do not encroach on the shoreline or riparian land.
Examining Land Planning Regulations
Are you aware of the current land planning regulations? Your land surveyor is your best bet at understanding the planning regulations. Remember, these laws significantly affect your development and construction plans.
Below are some land planning regulations you must understand;
- Zoning laws determine the type of development you can build in the parcel. For instance, they prohibit you from building a skyscraper or warehouse in a residential area.
- Upcoming land laws that could affect future land use. For example, if the local council intends to convert the area from residential to mixed-use, you could hold construction plans to take advantage of the changing regulations.
- The building code sets the construction standards. For instance, you must reinforce the structure if the area has clay or silt soils.
- The lands surveyor assesses outstanding land permits to determine whether the property purchased has outstanding easements.
You might want to subdivide the land into several parcels. It is especially so if you plan to sell the property to different buyers. Most people consider subdivision as a straightforward process. However, the process can be nerve-wracking since you must comply with various regulations. For example, the local council sets the minimum plot size depending on your locality. Moreover, the council determines the amenities the subdivision requires before providing new titles for the new plots. Your surveyor guides you through the ropes to ensure that the subdivision meets the required standard.