Surveyor for a Granny Flat – Plus The Recommended Ones to Use
If you are planning to build a granny flat, you may be wondering what professionals you need, starting with: do you need a surveyor for a granny flat?
Yes, before you submit a DA or a CDC, you will need a surveyor to map out your land and provide a survey (also known as plans or drawings), that will be submitted along with your application to be accepted by Council.
Today I will talk about surveyors – what they do, and whether your surveyor needs to come on site.
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Lastly, I will provide you with a list of recommended surveyors in each state.
What is a Surveyor? Are They All the Same?
You may have heard the terms land surveyor, building surveyor or quantity surveyor, but do you actually know:
The difference between these occupations.
Their qualifications, or
Which one you will require?
Not all surveyors are the same. See my list of recommended companies below
I will explain the difference between these qualifications for you now.
Land Surveyors play an important role in the construction industry. Without them, nothing would be built accurately – roads, bridges, buildings, even granny flats.
A few key things to look for, and some important questions to ask, are:
A good reputation – A trusted professional will have an established reputation, which speaks for itself. Tell friends, family, or colleagues in the area that you are seeking a surveyor and ask who they have used before. A great reference can give you so much information – if they are honest, skilled, if they will give you accurate results.
A license to work in your state – You can check the Surveyors Registration Board for your state. You can usually search this by surname or Registration number. It will tell you if they are practising, non-practising, suspended or expired.
Do they protect their workers? – It is crucial for you to know that your surveyor has workers compensation. This demonstrates that they are responsible and safe – all qualities a surveyor should have. Should a member of their team be hurt whilst on your site, you also want to be protected.
Experience in the service you require – Surveyors handle multiple projects, from mapping large areas to engineering surveys. To see if they have experience in the work you’re seeking, ask for references. Then ask for more. Follow up those references by calling them and asking what they were like to work with.
Ask them about ongoing training and the latest technologies – As you narrow down your selection of surveyors, start considering their skill set. You want to ascertain their companies’ approach to further education. It is important to ask: “Are they using the latest technology and equipment?” A friendly, knowledgeable surveying team should be happy to answer this question for you.
Do they check their work – A surveyor should always check their work for accuracy. This attention to detail is highly important. Ask the company how they ensure their work is accurate?Their answers should include reviewing existing or current maps and surveys, and thoroughly checking their data.
Is a Surveyor at Fault if Your Granny Flat is Not Approved
No, there is more to getting your granny flat approved than the surveyors’ role. This is why it’s important to do your research first and find out exactly what your Council requires for approval.
It is important to note that it could be something as simple as:
They don’t like the look of a cheaper design, if it does not fit in with the look of your surrounding neighbourhood.
However, it is still important to use a licensed surveyor. As mentioned, each state has its own governing body, so I recommend that you check your surveyors license with them.
This is as a licensed surveyor is the:
Only person who is legally permitted to perform a survey and mark the boundaries of your property.
Meaning, a survey that is prepared by a non-licensed surveyor has no legal standing. It is important to understand that, if a boundary dispute was to occur, these surveys will not be acknowledged as evidence.
Land surveying is a complicated, challenging role.
It is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment, using science, mathematics, specialised technology, and equipment. A surveyor will need to have a strong understanding of spatial awareness in both 2D and 3D.
The surveyor is usually the first one on your site, and this is a crucial step in beginning your development. Your project relies heavily on the decisions the surveyor makes while working there, such as:
Accurately measuring and marking out your property’s boundaries, and
Using preliminary markers to ‘set out’ where your new granny flat will be located.
They will use current technology to map out the site, make calculations and take photos to use as proof. A surveyor then gives advice and provides information to guide the work of engineers, architects, etc.
Accurately understanding the dimensions and topography (contours) of your site is important, as it ensures:
What you plan to achieve will comply with building guidelines and your Councils’ regulations plans, and
The end goal of your project will remain unchanged.
For example, as you are adding a secondary dwelling, you need to understand if everything will fit on your site, and:
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