Site Plan: Everything you Need to Know in 2022

Site Plan: Everything you Need to Know in 2022

Many people look for a home to buy, while others look for a property they can adapt, build upon, and renovate to create the home of their dreams.

And renovating a home or property is never a whimsical or easy task undertaken without any forethought or preplanning.

 When you renovate a home or property without proper planning considerations, there could be many financial and legal consequences to pay later on.

Over 71% of homeowners undertake a home renovation or improvement project of some kind after buying a home. 

Some homeowners spend as much as $50,000 just renovating the kitchen. Overall, the average American spends over $66,490 on a complete home renovation project.

Also, don’t get the mistaken idea that most homeowners undertake home renovation projects for pride or bragging rights. Over 80% of the residential homes in the United States are 20 years old or older.

You may need to undertake a home renovation project whether you want to or not. And this could be an interior or exterior project.

Additionally, it would help if you considered that these projects do not occur in a vacuum. Your exterior home renovation projects could cause you to cross neighbor land boundaries unwittingly.

Your planned home renovation project may be against the rules of a homeowner’s association guidelines if you are associated with one.

Besides making sure you perform renovations that you really need, you also need to make sure that your home construction project is up to code, especially exterior projects.

And that is why you need a site plan before you start a building project.

If you need help with a home renovation project, interior or exterior, and need a site plan, contact My Site Plan today.

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What is a Site Plan?

A site plan, also known as a plot plan, is a diagram which is meant to show proposed improvements to your property. A site plan is important because it also includes information in regards to the landscape features of a given parcel.

A site plan typically shows what already exists on a specific property, in addition to presenting what you are proposing to build on that specific land. This could, for example, include a building addition on a specific property, such as a garage.

One of the most important features of a site plan is to show the relationship between what already exists, and what is it that you are planning to have built. Site plans are all created differently; they will not all be designed equally. This is because different building authorities will require different things. With some permits you are required to hire a land surveyor whereas others you are allowed to draw the plan yourself on graph paper. You will need to check with your permitting department for clarification on this point before proceeding.

Governments require site plans in order to ensure that both local and state building codes are adhered to when it comes to making changes and additions to a specific property. Another reason why site plans are important and necessary is that governments typically retain site plans for historical records, especially in the circumstances in which homeowners construct rather significant changes to their properties.

In general, a site plan is a detailed plan, that presents the diagram of proposed improvements or additions to a particular tract of land.

What's the difference between a certified and non-certified site plan?

What Is a Non-Certified Site Plan?

A non-certified site plan is one that can be created by a homeowner, contractor, landscaper, or a company like My Site Plan. It is a non-authoritative drawing where the dimensions are verified by the homeowner or person who is onsite. 

There are many ways to create a non-certified site plan including tax maps, GIS, Satellite, old surveys, on the ground measurements, metes and bounds and more.

We use GIS (Geographical Information System) lot lines, satellite imagery, and client provided information to create the first draft which is sent to the client to verify dimensions. We make no representation regarding the accuracy of our sources since they are from 3rd party public sources and we do not visit the site. After we send the first draft to the customer, all dimensions should be verified. If changes are needed, simply mark them onto the plan and we will update them free of charge. Any just like that! You have a scaled professionally drafted site plan.

Most building departments accept non-certified site plans for simple projects such as small structure demolition, tree removal, shed install, conditional use permit, short term rental application and more. Whereas larger projects such as new construction, addition, lot splits and more will require an official survey.

What Is a Certified Site Plan?

A certified site plan is a site plan that is prepared by and stamped by an architect, engineer, or surveyor and requires a high level of accuracy. This will require a visit to your site. It is not possible to do a certified site plan remotely.

When a city requires a certified site plan it's always best to call a local surveyor who understands the requirements for the different cities. This will ensure a more smooth and expedient permit process.

Often, permit authorities will require a certified site plan for building additions or lot subdivisions where having dead-on measurements is a must. Every city is different, so it is always best to call to verify requirements before ordering a plan. 


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The Purpose of a Site Plan

 Man studying plans and schematics on a wall.

The main purpose of a site plan is to show the exact way that the intended land use relates to the features of a parcel and its surrounding area. Beyond simply showing how your proposed structure or structures relate to what already exists on your property, however, a site plan will give your building officials the ability to check local building and zoning codes.

The site plan will help to ensure that what you will potentially add to your property will fall within existing authoritative codes. Another important feature of a site plan and a building plan, in general, is that it ensures that local services such as schools, sewers, roads, water, and emergency services are adequate for what you are planning to build.

Compliance with zoning will also help to ensure that you are less likely to encounter lawsuits due to improper land use. Additionally, compliance with zoning will help to ensure that your project will be covered for potential future law sets, such as in the case of insurance coverage.

If you add something without a permit, or in a manner that does not comply with the appropriate zoning and building codes, you may not be covered by your insurance policy, in the case where you do have a loss.

Site Plan vs Floor Plan: What is the Difference?

What is the difference between a site plan and a floor plan? A floor plan is a scaled diagram concerning the arrangement of rooms in one particular story of a building. If you are interested in creating a floor plan, here at MySitePlan, we are able to take a rough sketch that is provided by you and can recreate your floor plan in AutoCAD, as part of our additional services. If you would for us to conceptualize a space, we are able to take the exterior wall dimensions and create living spaces to your specifications.

Do you have a 1000 square foot residence, and want a two-bedroom, one bath with kitchen living area? At MySitePlan we can create a series of options for you to understand the use of that particular space. This is also a popular service for commercial applications for tenant improvement possibilities. We have created a great number of large scale conceptual layouts for proposed Hotels, Apartment buildings, Elderly care facilities, and much more.

On the other hand, a site plan focuses on depicting everything within the property lines. This includes topography in regards to building structures, pathways, etc.

In most common cases, floor plans will not be included with site plans, unless the property is expected to undergo proposed changes with significant alterations to the residence’s footprint. Floor plans are fairly technical, but will typically be more understandable and more relatable an individual who is not specialized in the field of site planning.

Are you wondering whether or not you need a site plan? At MySitePlan, we offer three types of site plans: the Basic Site Plan, the Medium Detail Site Plan, and the Detailed Site Plan.

Do I Need a Site Plan?

You may need a site plan if:

  • You want a road map for having yard work done. Mark up your instructions to avoid any confusion.
  • You are looking to Sketch out a new roofline.
  • Having encroachment issues with a neighbor? Submit a drawing of the overhanging encroachment to the city as an exhibit.
  • Thinking of re-doing your landscape? Start with a site plan to begin your process of what to keep and what to eliminate.
  • You are applying for a building permit for a new outdoor structure.
  • You are applying for a demolition permit for the demolition of your house or another structure.
  • You are applying for building permits in cities with tree protection requirements. Planning departments find it useful to determine if any extra protection is required for trees on the property.
  • You are looking to remove or remodel your swimming pool.
  • Conditional Use Permit for Commercial Properties.
  • When in doubt it's always best to call your local permitting authority.

Take a look at our three standard site plans, to learn more about each of our site plans, and to be able to choose the site plan that is best for you. We also provide custom hourly work, to better suit your specific preferences.

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Site Planning and Design

What Does a Site Plan Include?

A woman studying floor plans on a computer screen.on Your House

There are certain guides that site plans must follow in terms of site planning and design. Below we provide a list of features that site plans should typically include.

  1. Your Name and Address: These are the most basic and fundamental things that you must include on your site plan.
  2. Legal Description: This will include things such as your range, your township, your tax las, and your section.
  3. Scale: The site plan diagram must be drawn to scale.
  4. Cardinal Direction: The site plan must include the North cardinal direction, to show how your property is oriented.
  5. Property Lines: Your property lines must be included on the site plan.
  6. Location Details: The site plan should include the location of your driveway, for example, and adjacent streets
  7. Existing structures and Proposed Structures: The site plan should include both your existing structures and your proposed structures.

Depending on where the property is located, certain building authorities may require more or even less information than what is provided in the above list. Additional information that may be required by authorities can include lighting, trails, landscaping, draining facilities, sanitary sewer lines, garden elements, utility services that include electrical service lines and water service lines, sidewalks and other walkways. Although our drafters at would not be able to pick up on things such as utilities, those items can be added at the client's direction under our Detailed Site Plan

Site Plan Software and Site Plan Rendering

AutoCAD Site Plan Rendering

Here at MySitePlan, we make sure to use the best and most efficient software to create your site plan. Your site plan will be designed using AutoCAD: a professional, computer-aided drafting software, that is known to provide “CAD expertise to Global Customers since 2000.” The great thing about AutoCAD is that it can easily render 3D models, in order to help in the visualization of the end product. This creates a level of engineered accuracy that you will not be able to find through a regular 2D site plan diagram. Please inquire about having your custom 2D or 3D rendering quoted.

How To Create a Site Plan

hand writing create on a piece of paper

The purpose of your site plan is to show an aerial view of your property, with existing structures and property features drawn to scale. Your proposed structures must be included in the diagram and drawn in a way that clearly demonstrates how your proposed specific structures will relate to what already exists on the lot.

Site Plan Guidelines

There are certain guidelines that site plans must typically adhere to, depending on the building authorities. The first and most important thing is that a site plan should be a diagram that is drawn to scale. Secondly, each and every dimension must be shown and labeled on your site plan. You should always double check with your local building authorities to ensure that this is done in a sufficient manner.

A site plan has to show both property lines, all of the appropriate dimensions. It is very important to be able to distinguish the difference between what already exists and what is proposed. This is where dashed versus solid lines, to distinguish proposed versus existing structures, comes in handy.

Additionally, a site plan must always show the necessary existing structures, such as proposed walkways and patios. Large trees on the property should also be included, as some building authorities will want to see it drawn on the site plan. Generally speaking, if your tree is has a diameter of more than two feet, then you will want to include it, showing both its diameter and its species. You would need to provide these to us. 

Site preparation is extremely important. Once your plans are approved, a site plan will serve as a layout map for your proposed addition of a garage, a new room, a new driveway, or whatever else it is that you are creating.

Where Can I Get a Site Plan for My Property?

 Architect looking over designs on a table.

If you’ve decided to make alterations to your property, such as adding a shed or in-ground swimming pool, or if you’re planning on selling your home, you’ll need a copy of your site plan.

Your site plan is a document that shows an overhead view of your property’s structures and topography, and if you haven’t ever needed to have it on hand before, you might be understandably confused about where to find it. Fortunately, there are a few different places you can get a site plan, and in some cases, you may already have the document without even knowing it.

Closing documents. When you bought your home, a copy of the site plan should have been included in the paperwork you received. If you can’t find it in your closing documents, your mortgage lender or title insurance provider may have copies that they can send to you. However, if it’s been years since you purchased your home, you should look it over to ensure it’s still an accurate representation of your property.

Hire a Surveyor. This is by far the most accurate and useful option since property conditions can change over time. A professional surveyor will be able to locate your property corners, add all features and structures currently on the property. Additionally they can add current topography. If you are looking to find out if a feature falls on your property or your neighbors property or you want to build exactly on your legal setbacks this is the only option as all other lot lines are approximated with online sources. When in doubt, spend the money and hire a surveyor.

County government. In many places, the county government will hold copies of residential site plans in order to ensure that they conform to building regulations and city ordinances. Your local government may be able to provide you with either a hard copy of your site plan or a downloadable copy that you can print. If you decide to get your site plan from the county government, you’ll need to double-check that it’s up to date, and you’ll probably have to pay a service fee.

Building company. If you know the builder or construction company that built your house, you can try contacting them as they may have your house plan on file. Again, depending on the amount of time that’s passed, you should verify its accuracy.

Online services. If you can’t track down your site plan from any of the above sources, you may think that hiring a surveyor to draw up a new site plan is your only option. Unfortunately, this can be incredibly expensive, so it’s best to avoid it if possible. Instead, you can order a site plan online from a company like MySitePlan.

At MySitePlan, we use up-to-date satellite imagery, county parcel maps, and other resources to create your site plan at a much lower price than a typical surveyor. The site plans are accepted nationwide for over-the-counter permits and other minor alterations.

How to Get a Site Plan Online

Let’s say that you need to have a new site plan created (and if you’re reading our blog, there’s a good chance you do!). You essentially have two options: have a surveyor come out to your property and draw up a site plan, or have your site plan created online.

Your first thought might be to just have a surveyor come out. After all, you’re going to get the most accurate results if you actually have someone setting foot on your property, right? Yes, this is always the most accurate option, but if you are doing a simple alteration on your property and your building department allows a non-certified site plan the savings can be substantial.  According to, the national average cost for someone to come out and conduct a land survey is $753, and rates can go as high as $1,500+ depending on the size of the area and your location. Whereas you could draw it yourself for free if you are familiar with AutoCad or are handy with graph paper. You can also hire a company like MySitePlan for $99-$159 to help draw it.

The Nuts and Bolts of Online Site Plans

Your other option, of course, is to order a site plan online.  MySitePlan  uses the most up-to-date satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other data sources to digitally create plot plans. If your building department does not require a plan that is certified by a surveyor, architect or engineer this is a great option. 

The other nice things about ordering a site plan online are that it’s quick (MySitePlan will have your document to you within 24 hours) and, even more importantly, it’s a lot less expensive than hiring a surveyor. How much so? Try ten times cheaper for our most basic plan, and about six times cheaper for our most detailed plan. 

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Save Money, Save Time and Effort

Just as any good online transaction should be, ordering a site plan online is incredibly straightforward. You can order a basic, medium detail, or detailed site plan straight from our website just by giving us your address, selecting a file type for the document, and uploading any helpful property documents that you have. (If you don’t have any, that’s fine, too!)

If you have specific questions before you order or want to learn about getting a customized site plan, you can fill out our short contact form, and we’ll get back to you right away. 

Why Choose MySitePlan for Site Plans

We Make Site Plans Quick and Easy!

We are a team of highly experienced CAD designers and provide drafting services to anyone who needs a site plan but doesn't have the time or experience to draw one.

We remotely create site plans in all of Canada and the US using GIS, public records and client provided information.

Site plans are our specialty, but our skills do not stop there. Ask about any our 3D renderings, conceptual layouts, floor plans, and any other CAD-related projects you might have in mind.

At My Site Plan, we have:

  • Drawn 1,000's of site plans for a wide range of project types and sizes
  • Over 20 years of drafting experience for large and small construction and landscaping firms
  • Had our site plans accepted by building departments nationwide

We are proud to have grown to be the nation's largest provider of remote site plans.

How We Work

 Construction company looking over plans on a table.

You start by selecting the level of detail you require for your site plan. If you are unsure, your building department is the best source of information.

Then you will be asked to provide the property's address. You may also provide any additional information you may already have, such as surveys, deeds, or sketches.

You will have the option to select the specifications for the final site plan, such as file type and dimensions.

From there, the order is assigned to one of our experienced designers. We will look up information about the property from existing data, such as satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other public information sources. If additional information is required, we will follow up with you via email.

In rare circumstances, we are unable to find the information we need. When this happens, you will be notified as soon as possible, and you will receive a full refund. However, this does not happen very often.

Once the required information is gathered, our designer works in AutoCAD to create the site plan.

Then the site plan is delivered to you. You have the chance to review the site plan. You can then verify dimension and if you need any adjustments, we will make them for no additional charge.

Learn more about how we work today.

5 Things to Know When Getting a Plot Plan Online

If you wanted to get a plot plan of your property 20 or even 10 years ago, you would most likely either have to cross your fingers that the city development department or title company had one on file, or you would have to hire a licensed surveyor to draw up a new plot plan for you. Now, however, there’s another option: you can order a plot plan online from AutoCAD professionals such as MySitePlan.

Here are a few things you should know if you decide to order your plot plan online.

You won’t need to have someone physically come to your house. Online plot plan providers use a combination of satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other available information sources to create an up-to-date plot plan of your property without ever actually coming to your house. They can simply combine the information sources, use AutoCAD to draw the plan, and send you the final plan as a PDF file.

There is a quick turnaround time when you order a plot plan online. Since MySitePlan is able to email plot plans to our clients as PDF files, we can get your plot plan to you within 24 hours at most.

You can still make adjustments to a plot plan that you order online. Some people might worry that if they order a plot plan online, they won’t be able to ask that adjustments be made to the final PDF. However, if you find any errors or need specific changes made to the plot plan you receive from MySitePlan, you can request to have those changes made at no extra charge. In fact, since all of the dimensions we have access to are approximate we expect most plans to need adjustments. That's why we do it free of charge.

The cost of an online site plan is significantly lower than the cost of hiring a surveyor. According to the most recent data from, the national average cost of hiring a land surveyor is $775, with most homeowners spending somewhere between $644 and $906 for a certified plan. As you can see My Site Site Plan's pricing for a non-certified plan is considerably less. So always make sure to verify whether you need a certified plan or not.

Online plot plans can be submitted with building permit applications. You’ll want to do your research on site plan providers and make sure you’re working with a company that has years of professional experience, but as long as you choose a reputable site plan provider, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your application for a building permit approved. If your plan is denied, don't worry! We're sticking with you until it gets approved.

If there’s anything else you want to know about ordering a plot plan online versus hiring a surveyor, check out MySitePlan’s FAQ page or contact us today.

What Is a Site Plan, Also Known as a Plot Plan?

 Building blueprint.

A site plan is a scaled drawing showing the existing conditions on a unit of land, including property lines, and detailing the location of any proposed and existing development, such as structures, paving, and uses of land.  

Every city has their own requirements, so make sure to check what they are in your city. We have been drawing site plans for over 15 years and always get our plans approved, even if it takes a couple of submissions. If you take one of our site plans to your city and they deny it, we'll make the adjustments free of charge. if it's denied a second time we will give you a full refund. 

When Is a Site Plan Required?

  • For any building permit for new development
  • Any redevelopment that includes exterior work
  • Many types of land use applications, such as site plan review, conditional use, or land divisions

All site plans require property line locations in relation to any existing and/or proposed structures, parking, or other site features, but they may have more detailed requirements as well. To determine what's required for your project, refer to your city or county application packet. This will include a list of necessary items that must be shown on the site plan, and you can use that information to determine what type of site plan you require. 

If you're not sure, reach out to us with this list of requirements, and we can guide you to the most cost-effective solution.

What You Need to Know about the Site Plan Review Process

You’ve decided to make some big changes to your property, applied for a building permit, and submitted your site plan… and now the waiting game begins.

You may not be thrilled about having to wait to start your home improvement project, but the site plan review process is necessary to ensure you’re complying with all land development regulations and building codes for your city. And waiting to have your site plan reviewed is much better than paying a hefty fine for failing to get a permit.

Of course, you may be wondering what’s actually happening while you’re waiting to hear back from your city’s building department. The specific details will vary from city to city, but the general site plan review process is outlined below.

You submit your preliminary site plan. The first step, of course, is to submit your preliminary site plan along with applications for the necessary permits to your city’s building or development department. In order to ensure a smooth review process, you should make sure your site plan includes all information that may be reasonably required for making an informed building decision, such as topography, walkways, drainage, structures, landscaping, and entry and exit points.

Your site plan goes to the appropriate officials. Your County Administrator will designate a group of officials to review your site plan and make sure it complies with all the county’s ordinances and regulations. The review committee may include government members from:

  • Public Works
  • Fire Prevention
  • Zoning
  • Survey Review
  • Health Department
  • Land Development
  • Real Estate Services
  • Construction Services
  • Environmental Review
  • Landscaping Review

County officials approve plan and issue permit. Once the county officials have determined that your building plans are up to code, they will be able to issue you the appropriate permits. Depending on the project, you may just need a building permit, while other projects might require something like a demolition permit or a plumbing permit.

From our 15 years of experience in the industry, we’ve found that professionally drawn plans are more likely to go through the process faster. Since they are clearer and easier to understand, officials typically have less questions or concerns, and it makes the site plan review process more straightforward for them.

You will receive a decision by mail. The officials will mail a letter of confirmation to you (as the applicant) and your agent (if you have one). In most cases, you should hear back within one week of the group’s scheduled review of your site plan, unless you’re told otherwise.

Once you’ve received the necessary permits, you can go ahead with the property changes you’ve envisioned. And remember, if you haven’t even gotten to the point of submitting the proper paperwork for review yet, you can get a PDF plot plan within 24 hours when you contact MySitePlan.

How Do I Get a Plot Plan for My Property?

If you’re applying for a building permit, organizing an event in a rented space, or working through a boundary dispute, you may be asked to produce a plot plan. While this can cause some confusion, a plot plan is really just the same thing as a site plan—it’s a two-dimensional, overhead view of a property with details like property lines, structures, and landscapes.

If you don’t already have a plot plan in the closing documents for your property, the main two ways of securing one are having someone come out to draw one or getting one through an online resource like MySitePlan. Here’s what you need to know about both those options.

Working with a Surveyor

Surveyor overlooking survey project in field.

If you want to have someone come out to your property to draw up a plot plan, you should work with either an experienced architect or a licensed surveyor. You can find surveyors locally by searching for the phrase “land surveyors” online or by looking in the yellow pages.

When you contact a surveyor, be sure to ask what will be included in the plot plan and get a fee estimate. The fee will be based on the size and location of your property as well as the rate charged by the individual surveyor. Rates can be upwards of $1,000, so make sure you are comfortable paying for the plot plan before you commit to hiring.

Once you’ve hired a surveyor, they will often come with a field crew to inspect your property. They will also use resources such as county maps and property deeds to determine the boundaries of your property. Based on their observations and research, they’ll produce an up-to-date plot plan.

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Working with an Online Plot Plan Provider

When a non-certified site plan is acceptable by your building department ordering a plan online can be a great option because it is typically less expensive and takes less time than hiring a surveyor to come out. You should, of course, compare the cost of online plot plans with the cost of hiring a surveyor. But for many projects, a non-certified site plan can cost just $99-$159, and you can have it delivered in 24 hours or less from MySitePlan.

All you need to do to order a plot plan online is to decide how much detail you need, place the plot plan with that level of detail in your cart, and purchase. If you order with MySitePlan, we’ll use a combination of satellite imagery, GIS information, county parcel maps, and other information that you provide to get you a PDF of an up-to-date, site plan in 24 hours or less.

However, this method isn’t suitable if the permit for your project specifically asks for a land survey, so check the requirements. If you’re uncertain, feel free to reach out to us, and we can help guide you to a solution that will fulfill the requirements set out by your location.

Drawing your own site plan? Follow the steps below.

All site plans require property line locations in relation to any existing and/or proposed structures, parking, or other site features. The following steps will help you on how to draw your site plan:


Step 1: Determine property boundaries and lot dimensions before drawing a site plan.

There are four ways to do this:

Option 1 – Use Tax Assessor’s Map

Using your property’s tax lot number, you may look up the County Tax Assessor’s Map that includes your lot. Assessor’s maps are regularly updated maps drawn to scale and based on the latest recorded surveys and plats of the area, and they will usually include lot dimensions for all sides of your property. The lot dimension information found on the Assessor’s map should allow you to correctly draw the property dimensions on your site plan, but it does not show the location of buildings, driveways, etc. You may then locate property corner pins.

Option 2 – Use Subdivision Plat Information

Similar to the Tax Assessor’s map, you may also look up your lot on the recorded plat that your property is within. The legal description of your property, which should be included on the deed, usually contains your property's lot or parcel number and the subdivision name in which your lot is located. In cases where the property is not within a subdivision plat, the legal description will likely be a ‘metes and bounds’ description that describes the perimeter of the property in greater detail, without reference to a plat.

Option 3 – Use Building Records

Using a previously approved site plan of the subject property as a guide can save time when preparing your site plan. If there is an existing structure on the property, which required building permits, that was built in the 1950s through the 1980s, there is a possibility that the City may have an archived copy of the original building plans on file, including a site plan. If there is an existing structure on the property, which required building permits, that was built after the 1980s, then there is a high likelihood that the City has archived the original site plan. You must make a public records request through the City Legal Department in order to obtain old site plans. 

Option 4 – Hire a Licensed Surveyor

A licensed surveyor can locate your property lines and prepare a topographic survey of your property, showing the property boundaries in relation to the street and existing buildings. This information can then be used to help you prepare your site plan correctly. This is a much more expensive option but necessary for larger projects.

Option 5 – Access GIS through your county website.

GIS (Geographic Information System) is a series of layers containing information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. How you use GIS depends on what your objective is.  It can be used to find a location for a new building, analyze property characteristics, detect patterns in environmental behavior, and so on. The information contained on this site is believed to be accurate but accuracy is not guaranteed. Mapping information is a representation of various data sources and is not a substitute for information that would result from an accurate land survey.

Step 2: Determine the location of structures and other site features in relation to the property boundaries before you draw a site plan.

Using the property boundary location and dimension information gathered in Step 1, you must next determine the location of existing buildings, streets, driveways, trees, and other site features in relation to the property boundaries. Measure the distance from these site features to the surrounding property lines. You can do this either with a tape measure, or you can use Google Earth’s measuring tool. 

Step 3: Finally draw a site plan.

Use all the information gathered in Steps 1 and 2 to prepare your site plan. You may draw your site plan by hand on graph paper or use a computer graphics or drafting program. Remember the site plan must to be scale. Click here for some easy to use CAD software free trials to play with.


Step 4: Check the drawing and make copies.

Check your work for accuracy before submitting it. The size and number of copies of the site plan required depends on what type of application you are submitting. Check the appropriate application submittal checklist.

Start Planning Today

Man drawing floor plan on paper.

As this article has shown you, starting a interior or exterior home renovation project is no easy task. Don’t try to start one on your own if you are unused to it.

Consult with My Site Plan today to help with your site plan.

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