Below is an extended explanation of each survey offered by Urban Surveying.

Detail Survey & Boundary Definition Survey

Detail Surveys are used to identify the features within and around a lot. It is also the most common survey used mainly for the purposes of a Development Application (DA) or CDC. In other words, whether it’s planning a renovation or new development, a Detail Survey is an essential step of the design process and can reduce the possibility of future expensive mistakes in the design process.

All DA and CDC application must include a detail survey containing all the information the local council requires. In some Council areas a Detail Survey must be signed off by a Registered Surveyor.

The amount of information shown on a Detail Survey varies as each job is different and has varying requirements. It can include the location of buildings, windows, driveways, walls, trees, embankments, and contours to name a few.

In the case that the Detail Survey needs to be signed off by a Registered Surveyor as per the requirements of some local Councils in Sydney, a Boundary Definition Survey must also be completed.

Identification Survey

Identification Survey or is a survey that is required for the purpose of identifying a piece of land and the related existing buildings and improvements.

An Identification survey shows the position of boundary fences and confirms they are correctly located on the land and the Title reference is correctly lined up with the street in relation to boundaries and shows any encroachments.

It will also reveal the existence of any easements, covenants and restrictions on land use, and whether or not the subject land complies with the terms and conditions.

The Identification Survey will also report on the distances of the walls or eaves and gutters from the side boundary of the land.

It is important for a prospective purchaser of a freestanding house, semi-detached or attached semi to get an Identification Survey to ensure they are buying the property they have been shown and to reveal if there are any problems, especially property defects such as encroachments or easements that may devalue the property for future resale.

Boundary Identification Survey

A Boundary Identification Survey (BIS) exactly identifies where the boundaries of the property are situated. A BIS provides clarity as to who is the legal owner of a particular piece of land and ensures no legal disputes over boundary locations.

BIS are carried out to essentially alleviate confusion when determining property’s exact boundary lines and corners. A major benefit of a BIS is to establish the exact and correct location of your boundary as in some cases fences are NOT on the true boundary.

House Setout Survey

In simple terms a house setout survey involves transferring a design from an Architectural plan to the land itself, within the boundaries of your property.

A House setout Survey is needed when building any structure whether it’s a small house, large commercial high-rise, road, tunnel, bridge or when adding an extension to an existing structure.

Building works are worth a lot of money and getting the setout in the correct location is pivotal. Structures are required to be located in a precise position.

At Urban Surveying we are experienced in this type of work, we work with your building plans to produce high quality setout Surveys.

Boundary Marking Survey

A Boundary Marking Survey determines the exact location of the property boundaries and places physical markers such as wooden stakes, pegs & nails at the exact location of the property corners.

Boundary Marking Surveys are required by homeowners who are wanting to locate the property boundary in order to assist with building a new fence, erecting retaining walls, maintenance of existing walls, building new houses and or extensions.

Occupation Certificate Survey (Final OC Survey)

An Occupation Certificate Survey or Final OC survey is used and generally required by the Local Council and Certifier to show the completed construction project. It may vary from a survey of a new house to a survey of an existing house with a new addition.

The OC Survey ensures all newly built structures have been contained within your legal property boundaries.

Generally, a building cannot be occupied without an Occupation Certificate issued to the owners upon the completion of the build.

Work as Executed (WAE Survey)

Prior to an Occupation Certificate, one of Council’s requirements will be to have a Registered Surveyor measure the ‘As-Built’ works constructed and sign off, so a Civil Engineer can issue the Certificate of Compliance stating the system complies. We will survey and measure all relevant pits, pipes, tanks, floor levels, etc and present it on a plan marked in RED.


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Northern Beaches
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