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SITE PLANS - Also called 'Detail & Contour Survey'


A 'Site Plan' is a comprehensive survey of the physical features of your property including structures, significant vegetation, some services, site levels, landscaping, fencing, pathways, stairways, swimming pools etc to name just a few. It can be very detailed and varied dependent on the type of project. 


The Site Plan shows how everything is connected, and where problems could exist when making changes.

"It's like having an encyclopedia of your property on one page"


Our Site Plans show structures, both inside & outside the property, relative to the property boundaries, allowing for accurate design.

Bearing in mind that all projects are different please refer to the following as a guide. Ask us if you are unsure.


  • Full Site Plan for Building Approval

    • For major works requiring careful planning

    • Council require a Town Planning Approval [DA]

    • For extensive renovations and extensions

    • Multiple extensions. eg carport and rear deck

    • When privacy from neighbours is important

    • Where there are flooding issues 

    • Designing a new home

    • When changing the use of a property (property development)

    • renovations with major landscaping

Note: A full Site Plan may not always be required, so savings may be available to you. A 'Partial Site Plan' or 'House Location Plan' may be adequate for certain project types such as those shown below.

  • House Location Plan

  • Is simpler & less detailed

  • Shows relationship of proposed works to the boundary

  • For lifting or moving an existing house and minor works on a small slope.

**Note also: In certain circumstances these types of Survey do not accurately locate the boundaries to the extent required.

If you are planning to build something very close to a boundary for e.g. a carport, a swimming pool, to replace fencing or a retaining wall you will likely require a Boundary Identification Survey [ident].

Any approval for construction on or close to a boundary will also require a Boundary Identification Survey for Form 12 Certification.

Purpose & Use:

In a nutshell, the primary purpose of a Site Plan is to accurately depict what exists, the starting point, for changes envisioned prior to commencing design that reflects those desired changes. It enables the designer to work within both vertical & horizontal planes and to set boundaries that reflect both planning & building codes such as building heights & set backs. It makes sense therefore to get the Site Plan prior to commencement of design, thus avoiding potential deal breaking surprises later. After all, your project will have to, MUST, fit into the space lawfully available to it.

This Sample Site Plan is for a renovation & extension
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