Contour Surveys

A contour survey is necessary for any kind of land development. A Building Designer, Architect or Draftsperson won’t begin drawing up plans until a contour survey has been provided to them. A contour is a line following a constant elevation. Closely spaced contour lines indicate a steep slope, whereas widely spaced contour lines indicate a gentle slope. Contour surveys are required for planning and building approval through the Council, and they are commonly used for engineering and construction drawings, demolition plans, building additions, new buildings as well as drainage or environmental studies.

Contour surveys are also commonly referred to as topographical or feature surveys. It is important that these are accurate, and they are a mandatory requirement from the council. If any surveys are incorrect, it could affect several aspects of the development of the site. If the measurements are wrong all the plans and designs will have to be corrected which result in delays and unnecessary problems.

Survey Plus specialises in engineering surveying services, such as detail surveying, contour, feature survey, construction layout and topographic mapping. However, please note that Survey Plus is not a registered land surveyor and does not conduct activities typical of registered land surveyors, such as property boundary determination and strata boundaries. Clients requiring these types of services need to engage a registered land surveyor, or we can assist with recommendations. Survey Plus remains committed to providing high-quality engineering surveying solutions within our expertise.

Feature Surveys

Feature surveys detail the information about your property, adjoining properties, and street features. These are required to be submitted to the Council for planning and building permits.

Feature surveys show some of the following features

  • Levels
  • Existing structures, heights and ridges
  • Utility and underground services
  • Natural features
  • Vegetation such as trees and shrubs
  • Street furniture
  • Fence location and heights including any other structure details