What is a Topographic Survey and when is it needed?

Topographic Surveys are used to identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the surface of the earth or slightly above or below the earth's surface (i.e. trees, buildings, streets, walkways, manholes, utility poles, retaining walls, etc.).  If the purpose of the survey is to serve as a base map for the design of a residence or building of some type, or design a road or driveway, it may be necessary to show perimeter boundary lines and the lines of easements on or crossing the property being surveyed, in order for a designer to accurately show zoning and other agency required setbacks.


Topographic Surveys require "bench marks" to which ground contours are related, information regarding surface and underground utilities, determination of required setbacks, etc.

From Weblog

January 30, 2017

Adobe Associates, Inc. Land Surveyors Maya Eoff and Sarah Gierok recently provided topographic mapping services for a Sonoma County property located in rural Western Petaluma. Data was collected for a proposed approved septic area, driveway, single family residence and future barn.

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