How Do I Get a Plot Plan for My Property?
If you’re applying for a building permit, organizing an event in a rented space, or working through a boundary dispute, you may be asked to produce a plot plan. While this can cause some confusion, a plot plan is really just the same thing as a site plan—it’s a two-dimensional, overhead view of a property with details like property lines, structures, and landscapes.
If you don’t already have a plot plan in the closing documents for your property, the main two ways of securing one are having someone come out to draw one or getting one through an online resource like MySitePlan. Here’s what you need to know about both those options.
Working with a Surveyor
If you want to have someone come out to your property to draw up a plot plan, you should work with either an experienced architect or a licensed surveyor. You can find surveyors locally by searching for the phrase “land surveyors” online or by looking in the yellow pages.
When you contact a surveyor, be sure to ask what will be included in the plot plan and get a fee estimate. The fee will be based on the size and location of your property as well as the rate charged by the individual surveyor. Rates can be upwards of $1,000, so make sure you are comfortable paying for the plot plan before you commit to hiring.
Once you’ve hired a surveyor, they will often come with a field crew to inspect your property. They will also use resources such as county maps and property deeds to determine the boundaries of your property. Based on their observations and research, they’ll produce an up-to-date plot plan.
Working with an Online Plot Plan Provider
For many, ordering a plot plan online is the better option because it is typically less expensive and takes less time than hiring a surveyor to come out. You should, of course, compare the cost of online plot plans with the cost of hiring a surveyor. But for many projects, a simple plot plan can cost just $79 rate, and you can have it delivered in two days or less from MySitePlan.
All you need to do to order a plot plan online is to decide how much detail you need, place the plot plan with that level of detail in your cart, and purchase. If you order with MySitePlan, we’ll use a combination of satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other information that you provide to get you a PDF of an up-to-date, accurate plot plan in two days or less.
However, this method isn’t suitable if the permit for your project specifically asks for a land survey, so check the requirements. If you’re uncertain, feel free to reach out to us, and we can help guide you to a solution that will fulfill the requirements set out by your location.
- Ryan Crownholm