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Site Plans and Plot Plans: Who Needs Them and Why?

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Whether applying for a permit for a simple tree removal, excavation, grading, or demolition, the counter staff will always ask for a site plan detailing the dimensions of the surrounding structures, lot lines, trees, and other items. This site plan is useful for the public works, engineering, and building departments when determining whether to approve, disapprove, or require special conditions for your project.  

Our experience has been that, when the plans are nicely laid out and easily readable, the building department often has less questions and therefore issues the permit much faster.  When plans are hand-drawn, they are often illegible and can annoy plan reviewers, delaying the process.

Although it can be an inconvenience to draw these plans, they are very helpful to municipalities when determining setbacks, conditions, and future building restrictions that relate to your project, so having accurate site plans is a crucial part of the process. 

If you have any questions about what type of site plan you need, we encourage you to reach out to us, and we can help guide you based on our 15 years of experience with site plans and building permits.

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