GEOPLAN SURVEYING Ltd. offers a broad range of professional land surveying services to both public and private clients in the Greater Toronto Area. We have the knowledge and expertise to undertake any project to completion. We believe that every successful project starts with a high quality detailed survey. Often the first professional on site, it is our job as a surveyor to gather the necessary information that almost every other professional working on your project will rely on. We utilize the latest technology to provide accurate information in a timely manner.
There is a variety of land surveying services, each fulfilling a particular purpose. We understand that every individual project is different and will work with you to ensure that you receive the services that you require. Below are some of the more common types of survey services offered by GEOPLAN SURVEYING along with a brief description of each.
Surveyor’s Real Property Report
A Surveyor’s Real Property Report, or SRPR, is a plan of survey that is accompanied by a written report and must be prepared by a licensed Ontario Land Surveyor. The written report draws attention to any issues or potential problems discovered during the survey.
A Surveyor’s Real Property Report is prepared specifically to illustrate the location of buildings or structures relative to the boundaries of a unit of land. It also shows the location of any other physical features such as driveways, decks, retaining walls, or fences located on or near the property limits. It also indicates registered encumbrances, such as easements, on or immediately adjacent to the property.
In a Real Estate transaction, a current Surveyor’s Real Property Report can be relied upon by the purchaser, the seller, the lending institution, the municipality, the Realtor, and all other parties involved with the transaction as an accurate representation of the property prior to the purchase being completed. If the Surveyor’s Real Property Report reveals problems with the title of the property or with the position of improvements such as fences or outbuildings, a purchaser could require the vendor to rectify the problems before closing the deal.
We assume full professional responsibility for the accuracy of the survey, giving you peace of mind knowing the location of all buildings, registered easements, and encroachments.
Reference Plans (R-Plans)
A Reference Plan is a survey that is used to describe a specific property or parts of a property. These plans are a graphical representation of descriptions of land that are deposited in the local Land Registry Office. Reference Plans show the surveyed boundary and dimensions as well as any physical or documentary evidence that could affect the title to the property.This includes the location of fences, hedges, retaining walls, etc. in relation to the boundaries, and any easements or rights-of-way that are evident or that are registered on title. The plans are used for severance purposes, to define easements, or to describe a parcel of land.
A Boundary Survey is essential when you are planning to begin any construction work within your property limits, such as building a fence, house, retaining wall, deck, etc. You should protect your investment by making sure you are building on your own property and by recognizing the setback requirements of the local municipality’s zoning by-laws. An accurate location of your boundaries may avoid a potentially costly dispute resulting from the improper location of a fence or other structure. The saying “good fences make good neighbours” is only true if the fence is in its correct location and observing precise property lines.
If you need to know where your property begins and where it ends, please contact us to have a licensed surveyor determine your property boundaries.
The purpose of a Topographic Survey is to determine the configuration of the surface of the ground and the location of all natural and man-made features such as structures, fences, paved surfaces, trees, utilities, drainage ways, ingress and egress to the property, and any other visible limitations or enhancements to the property. This type of survey involves the locating of all features within and abutting the subject lands in a horizontal and vertical position. The existing grading information is usually related to a published vertical benchmark. This survey should be performed in conjunction with a boundary survey to show lines of possession.
Topographic surveys are essential to proper planning and subsequent development of a site. A topographic survey may compliment a development application. It shows the physical constraints that the proponent must consider in a development application or a detailed design of a site for development purposes. These plans may be used by engineers, architects, and planners to assist with the design of a development proposal.
A Site Plan is a drawing or set of drawings that would illustrate the physical arrangement of existing property improvements such as buildings, driveways, parking areas, pedestrian sidewalks, fences, municipal services, etc., as well as any proposed improvements. Site plan approval must normally be completed before the issuance of a building permit.
We provide a builder’s package for residential and commercial structures. This includes the grading plan for a building permit application, construction layout services, and a Surveyor’s Real Property Report (SRPR). Once construction and grading have been completed, a Grading Certificate will be issued.
A Plan of Subdivision is a plan that creates multiple lots fronting on new and existing roads. The approval process is governed by section 51 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chapter P.13 and includes consideration of where streets, parks, and dwellings will be located. A registered plan of subdivision shows:
- the surveyed boundaries
- numbering and dimensions of lots
- the location, width and names of streets
- the blocks of land for other future community purposes such as schools or parks
Our services begin with the initial conversion to Land Titles Absolute to final registration in the Land Registry Office. We will work with your legal, engineering, and planning teams closely through the approval process to ensure all requirements for final registration are met.