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Property Setbacks

Your property might be yours, but you can only build on it within allowable setbacks from neighboring properties. These setback distances are determined by your local municipality. A Property Survey is required as part of the architectural and structural engineering design process for exterior projects to determine these setback allowances. It illustrates the size of your property and identifies all structures on it, including the home, driveway, decks, etc. It provides a visual representation of where you may build, providing insight into possible impediments to your scope of design.
A Property Survey is typically included in the documentation upon purchasing a home. If not, you can reach out to your local building department to request a copy on file. Please note that if the Property Survey does not show your plot as currently developed, you may need to contact a licensed land surveyor to prepare an up-to-date document. In this scenario, we can provide referrals.


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