If you are in the due-diligence phase of purchasing a site for your new dental office (see site analysis & selection), you will definitely want to consider (or, have your architect consider) all of the following details which will impact your project. If your dental office designer/architect is about to design your Site Plan, you can either transfer the file you compiled during due-diligence, or you can task your architect with vetting all of the following:


Site Survey Requirements

To prepare an accurate Site Plan, Fred w. Ballard, Architect will require a Land Survey before designing the site for your new dental office.  A sealed (wet-stamped and signed by a licensed professional) Land Survey is generally required for a site development permit (…sometimes even for a building permit), but early into the construction of a new building you will realize that a Site Plan prepared from a Land Survey is one of your most important tools in the design and cost-estimation of the entire project.  The following list indicates the minimum data that will typically appear on a complete Land Survey.  Please direct your Civil Engineer or Registered Professional Land Surveyor to email Fred w. Ballard, Architect a digital copy of your Land Survey (saved as an AutoCAD 2000 .DWG file) and a sealed hardcopy which includes all of the following information:

• Legal Description;

• Closed Property Line with bearings;

• Right-Of-Way (including center line, curb & gutter or edge of pavement, storm sewer inlets, manholes, sidewalks, existing curb cuts);

• Setbacks;

• Easements (existing or future utilities, drainage, access, proprietary pipeline, etc.);

• Existing poles or monuments for overhead utilities (Electric, Telephone, Cable TV);

• Existing manholes or monuments for underground utilities (Water, Gas, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer, Electric, Telephone, Cable TV);

• Existing fire hydrants;

• Topography at one foot intervals;

• All trees greater than six inch caliper at four feet above existing grade;

• Flood plain, and any other existing site conditions that might affect siting of building or parking, or which may indicate subsurface geotechnical conditions;

• Zoning of the property, and ownership and use of all adjacent properties;

• Street address (or range of numbers) for the property.