Detail Surveys for Development Applications

/Detail Surveys for Development Applications

Detail Surveys

A Topographical survey also known as a Detail Survey or Contour & Feature survey, is an accurate depiction of natural and manmade features on and around the earth’s surface.

Whether you are planning a new development or renovating an existing site, a Detail Survey is an essential first stage and can reduce the possibility of future costly mistakes or unforeseen issues in the design process.

A Development Application (DA) must include a Detail Survey containing all the information the local council require. This also applies to the construction of Granny Flats and small extensions. Details surveys must be signed and supervised by a Registered Surveyor in NSW.

SCS Engineering Surveyors offer a bespoke survey specific to your requirements using the latest Leica technology to accurately and efficiently record the necessary information.

We use our experience and expert knowledge to evaluate the amount of data required to produce the required survey. Too much or too little data can result in unnecessary costs.

The survey detail can vary from site to site depending on the individual requirement.

Bench marks levelled to the Australian Height Datum (AHD) will be placed in a location that will assist the builder to maintain accurate levels across the project.

Our surveys can be delivered in various formats and scales to meet everyone’s individual requirements. These are normally delivered as 2D or 3D Autocad files and PDF plans.

Development Applications (DA) vs Complying Development Certificates (CDC)

One of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process is “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?

It is important to note that before any work can commence on your new home, either a DA or CDC will need to be lodged and approved by your local council or a qualified certifier to ensure you meet all regulatory compliance.

What are DAs and CDCs? And what is the difference between them?

A Development Application (otherwise known as a DA) is the application made to your local council seeking consent to carry out a development.

A Complying Development Certificate (otherwise known as a CDC) is an alternative to a DA and can be known to some as a fast track approval process when dealing with a more straight-forward development.

The major difference between the two is that a CDC’s requirements for development approval are a more universal set of requirements and cannot be amended to suit the needs of your development. The requirements for a CDC are considered to be “black and white” and these requirements apply across the state of NSW. The requirements for a DA will vary between the local councils of NSW. Each local council have their own set of requirements specific to their regions, and whilst your local council may have similar requirements to that of a CDC, your local council are in a better position to assist you with a development approval for your project if your development needs are more complex.

A typical Detail Survey may include

  • Fences with type, height, etc. identified
  • Permanent buildings with ridge, eaves and floor levels along with apparent use and type of construction shown
  • Neighbouring buildings with ridges, eaves and windows
  • Road kerb-lines and street furniture
  • Paths, hard-standings and changes of surface
  • Individual significant trees (plotted to scale and identified)
  • Extent of canopy of groups of trees, shrubs and hedges
  • Overhead wires and surface indications of underground services
  • Drainage manholes and inspection covers, gullies, etc.
  • Banks and retaining walls

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