Determining your surveying needs can be an
overwhelming process. We are happy to discuss any questions you may
have regarding your property, either by telephone or email.
While some of our services speak for themselves, and are requested for
a specific need, other of our services are more general in nature, and
listed below are some general guidelines and resources to guide
Residential House Staking
Mortgage Loan Inspections
Your needs for a
boundary survey can be varied. If you are
considering erecting a fence, for example, on a residential
lot under an acre, you may need the dimensions of your lot
prominently marked on the ground, at each corner and along the
In the case of a real estate transfer, the
buyer, seller or lender may request that a boundary survey be
performed, including a drawing of the premises showing
improvements upon the land and the location of property corners
and the dimensions of boundary lines. This type of survey would,
graphically, show encroachments and other (unrecorded) uses
and conditions which may assist in preparing a deed description
that accurately reflects the physical conditions of the piece of
There are several other cases that might require
a boundary survey. If you feel you need this service that we
provide, feel free to contact us and we will discuss the details
of your needs.
One of the least
understood processes dealing with land use is the requirement for
and the process of platting a subdivision.
According to Tennessee state regulations
governing local planning authorities, a subdivision is defined as
any division of property resulting in two or more lots. The
regulation further states that if the area of the new lot(s) or
the remaining lot is less than 5 acres, it must be platted, in
accordance with the regulations of the local planning authority.
In Hamilton County, all plats require approval from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional
Planning Authority (RPA). Additionally, approval from the City
Engineer is required if the subdivision will be utilizing city
sewers. If the subdivision will require underground sewage
disposal, approval will be required from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health
Subdivisions requiring the design of roads,
sewers and other utilities are completed in tandem with a Licensed
Civil Engineer. In general, we provide the engineer with a
boundary and topographic survey that we have prepared. The
engineer performs all of the necessary calculations and designs.
Once preliminary approval is obtained by RPA, we prepare afinal
plat showing lot, street and utility layout.
There are also several fees that the developer will
incur that are separate from those agreed upon between land
surveyor and developer.
subdivisions (2-5 lots) generally do not require the services of a
Civil Engineer. We perform a boundary survey of the property. If
the subdivision lies outside of city sewers, we enlist the
services of a state-approved Soil Consultant to "map" the soil
and determine percolation rates and other matters requisite
for the Health Department to approve a subsurface sewage disposal
system (SSDS) easement area. In areas that are accessible to city
sewers, only approval of the City Engineer is required.
||$200 plat review fee|
|City of Chattanooga
||$110 review fee (1-10 lots), $10/lot (10+)|
|Chatt. Ham. Co. Health Dept.
||$65 (per lot) review fee|
|Register of Deeds
||$17 plat recording fee|
||see RPA fee schedule Chatt. Ham.
||see RPA fee schedule Chatt. Ham.
of the above offices are located at the Development Resource
Elevation Certificates are
usually required, by a lending institution, to determine if a
borrower needs to purchase flood insurance on a
particular piece of property. Elevations of the main
dwelling on the property are measured, relative to a known
benchmark and this information is transferred to the appropriate
form published by FEMA.
We have a wide
range of builders, large and small, that have utilized this
service. With the ever-decreasing lot sizes of subdivisions,
accurate placement of a structure, relative to setbacks and
easements, is critical. Typically, we first locate the house on
the lot for excavation. Once the footing is poured, we mark the
masonry locations. If necessary, we are able to prepare a
foundation survey to provide to a lending
Commonly referred to in the past
as "loan surveys", Inspections do not represent a boundary
survey-they merely locate the improvements upon the property with
reference to the recorded description of the property. By
Tennessee state statute, these are known as "non-monumentation
procedures", but they must still be prepared by a licensed land
Upon completion of
the foundation of a newly constructed house, many lending
institutions require a foundation survey. We simply locate the new
foundation, relative to the recorded description of the property,
and prepare a drawing showing the dimensions of the structure and
the dimensions to the nearest boundary lines. This survey is
similar in scope and effect to a mortgage loan