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.

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October 16, 2017

Dear Family, Friends, Clients and Prospective Clients,

We are sorry to have to cope with the devastation that these fires have brought to our lovely Sonoma County and neighboring Counties, Napa, Lake and Mendocino. We will remain strong, proud and confident in our Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, First Responders, and everyone involved in getting us back on our feet. This process may take some time because first concerns will be focused on the safe well being of our staff, their families and providing a safe work environment.

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