Now that we have finalised our design, we have ordered the survey for our lot.
The survey shows the actual block of land, boundary pegs, the dimensions, the levels of the land, fences, any trees that are on the block, approximate dimensions of the trees.
The survey also shows very important info that the builder and contractors will need, eg, footpath, water, gas, Telstra, drainage, if a re peg is required, the road, kerb, electricity, soil, vegetation and sewer.
The survey should also show the road that the block is on, drains on the road, a locality diagram, the sewer diagram, The local authority (shire) plan/diagram #, C/T Volume #, Map reference page#, Date the survey was completed, the scale of the plan.
There are good surveyors and there are great ones, we have used several different site plans from different surveyors, and we have found that Drake Surveys are one of the best.
The details that are shown on the surveys from Drake are very clear and precise with not too much arty farty stuff on it.
As soon as we receive our survey, we will submit the design to the shire planning department and cross our fingers that the approval process will not take too long.
With the new building regulations, the shire is not allowed to take more than 25 days to provide a building permit, so hopefully we might be able to get to site just after Christmas, remembering that the building industry closes down for at least 2 weeks sometimes more over the Christmas break.
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