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Surveyor to define property boundaries in Canberra?

By ace2279 - 9 February 2012 6

I want to find out where my property boundaries are at our house and understand that I’ll need a surveyor to do this. We’re looking to extend our home and knowing where the boundaries are and what the laws are about how close you can build to them would be useful in the design stage.

Can anyone recommend a good survey company to do the work?

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Surveyor to define property boundaries in Canberra?
Pork Hunt 5:23 pm 09 Feb 12

Alderney said :

My next door neighbour is so anally retentive that he could tell you what’s yours and what’s not.

He even has the sticks to mark out the boundary for you should you need to know exactly how far to allow your plants to grow.

If any part of his property casts a shadow on yours, tell him to fuck off with his sticks…

aussielyn 4:55 pm 09 Feb 12

Ace
ESDD have a list of professionals on their website:
http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/24378/Surveyors_Registered_in_the_ACT.pdf
Out of courtesy talk to your neighbour and inform them of your plans. They may have privacy concerns about overlooking or limiting solar access. Setbacks to side and rear boundaries vary and may change further once the ACT Govt. decides the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan (DV 306).
See page 52 of below if this applies to you now;
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2008-27/copy/82860/pdf/2008-27.pdf
Check your easements on ACTMapi – building on a sewerage line without a riser (access for a snake) could haunt you

Alderney 3:00 pm 09 Feb 12

My next door neighbour is so anally retentive that he could tell you what’s yours and what’s not.

He even has the sticks to mark out the boundary for you should you need to know exactly how far to allow your plants to grow.

blub 1:27 pm 09 Feb 12

I don’t remember who I used some 5 years ago. I just pulled names out of the phone book and got quotes. Which I recommend. Some of the quotes can be quite glaringly different, so what is essentially the same job – not too many frills for the extra cost…

devils_advocate 11:16 am 09 Feb 12

davo101 said :

So long as they are registered to work in the ACT I think you’ll find that the quality of the work doesn’t vary that much. I’d suggest the Yellow Pages, ring around and get some quotes.

Yep, the survey work isn’t really subject to quality variation that much. Main thing is availability and cost.

I used M&S survey, their pricing seemed reasonable but they were pretty heavily booked so it took a while.

THe surveyor won’t tell you how close you can go to the boundary, that stuff is for the draftsman and is dictated by zoning/planning laws.

davo101 11:01 am 09 Feb 12

So long as they are registered to work in the ACT I think you’ll find that the quality of the work doesn’t vary that much. I’d suggest the Yellow Pages, ring around and get some quotes.

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