1. Is a plot plan required? - If the work involves a new structure or an addition to an existing structure (including a vertical addition), a plot plan is required.
2. I have a mortgage plan that was given to me by the bank when I purchased the property. Can this be used? - The purpose of a plot plan is for determination of compliance with dimensional controls of the Zoning Ordinances. A mortgage plan is only a rough approximation of where the house is located, and was prepared only for mortgage purposes. Due to the inaccuracy of these plans, they can only be used if the project involves non-permanent structures such as an above ground pool or a shed where no change in grade is proposed.
3. Can I prepare my own plot plan if I am certain where my property line is? - No. Plot plans can only be prepared by a Registered Land Surveyor, and must bear that person’s stamp.
4. What if I have over 100 feet to my property line and it is obvious that I will not be anywhere near the required setbacks? - A stamped plot plan is still required. There may be easements, wetlands or other restrictions that the homeowner is not aware of and will only be shown on a stamped plot plan.
5. What information is required on a plot plan? - The surveyor will know the procedure for preparing a plot plan and the information required. Setbacks to all structures must be shown. If any structure is to be demolished, its location must be shown. Also, any easements must be indicated on the plan. Any new driveway must have setback from the property line and its slope shown on the plan. Trees with a diameter of 8" or more must be shown, and grades (before and after construction), must be shown. Some of these requirements may be waived if the work is of a minor nature.
6. If I have a plot plan, can I draw my addition on it? - No.
7. If I don’t have a plot plan, where can I get one? - Mortgage plans can sometimes be obtained from the bank. In addition, the Department of Municipal Licenses & Inspections has plans on file for many properties in the town. If available, these may be acceptable. Otherwise, you must contact a Registered Land Surveyor to prepare a plan for you.
8. Can the town recommend a surveyor? - No. We suggest that you use one that is familiar with the area, and also shop around because the cost can vary greatly.
9. How much is a plot plan? - You can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a simple job to a few thousand dollars for more complex jobs. There are too many variables to give an accurate estimate. This amount should be considered when you are estimating the cost of your project.
10. How does the Department of Municipal Inspections know if the structure was placed in the proposed location? - For all new houses, a certified "as-built" plot plan must be submitted to the Department of Municipal Inspections after completion of the foundation. Framing cannot proceed until the plot plan is submitted.