When Does an Archadeck Outdoor Living Project Require a Surveyed Plot Plan?

At Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham, one of the benefits we offer our clients is that we obtain any permits, inspections, and plans that are needed to ensure the compliance and safety of a new outdoor living structure. While most of our clients are familiar with permits and inspections, not everyone is well-versed in what a surveyed Plot Plan is, or why some projects require one.

What is a Surveyed Plot Plan?

A surveyed Plot Plan is a drawing prepared by a professional, registered land surveyor. It shows the dimensions of your property as it currently exists, including the measurements of existing buildings, setbacks, easements, and other property elements. When you are building a new outdoor structure or renovating an existing one, the building department may require a plot plan (drawn to scale) be submitted with the proposed changes.

Why is a Surveyed Plot Plan Needed?

A surveyed Plot Plan is required when seeking a permit for any deck, porch, or other property development that alters the existing footprint of structures on your property. The Plot Plan is meant to ensure that additions or changes are not built within the existing setbacks or easements, nor do they exceed impervious surface area limits. If you are renovating an existing outdoor structure without changing the overall footprint, a surveyed Plot Plan may not be required to obtain permits in some jurisdictions.

Surveyed Plot Plans are submitted to your local building municipality. You can read the City of Raleigh’s Survey Plot Plan page for more details; be sure to check with your local municipality for their specific requirements if you live elsewhere. If you don’t have a surveyed Plot Plan, we can arrange for you to obtain one. These can also be used for additional home improvements you may do in the future.

At Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham and the Greater Triangle, we will identify whether your new outdoor living project requires a surveyed Plot Plan and handle every part of the permitting process for you. We are pleased to manage all of the details of the building process so you don’t have to worry about them. If you’re ready to get started on a new outdoor living project, call today for a design consultation: 919-973-1523. We look forward to working with you!

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