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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2017

My new house builders claim county wants survey to issue building permits. County says not true. What do I do?

The home company says the county will not issue building permits without a survey.The county building department says they did not require the survey. Was told the home company will call their surveyors for $800 to do the survey that they claim the county wants done. County is confused as i am. They state they did not request a survey. Property has a previous survey which I supplied to the builders. I feel like I am being scammed.

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Sounds screwy - I would inform them IN WRITING that you talked to Mr. X at the building department and they said no permit was required - though I would check first with the Planning and Zoning Department - they are the ones who more commonly require a survey and plan before signing off on the plans.

$800 sounds like a LOT for a survey (assuming they means boundary marking) - more like $150-200 in my area assuming lot corners are mostly intact, not out in the boonies with no local control.

Sounds like maybe the contractor is trying to add to your cost wby claiming an unplanned lot survey is required, when actually they are talking the layout and construction site control for the foundation excavation - which should have been included in their bid.

For that matter, if they are getting the permits at least, any required survey should have been included in their bid so if IS needed they should be paying for it anyway.

I would consider this a possible yellow flag - could be a simple misunderstanding, or could be an indication they are looking at your job as a change order mill and planning on nickel and diming (OK, more like Ben Franklining) you to death. And this sort of thing right at the start of job like this - I would be cautious, and double check on just how tightly the scope of work and price is in your contract, because if it is open to this sort of question sounds like potential problem. Hopefully you have a firm price project (with possible allowances for certain fixtures and such if needed) and not a cost-plus situation.

IF you are using an Architect working for you on the job for design and/or inspection, he/she might be abl eto shed some light on the permitting requirements too. Generally, Planning and Zoning, as part of their permit review (separate Land Use permit in some areas, part of Building Permit review in others) they commonly require a drawing showing property lines and planned location (with distances marked) of building, drive, well, septic, etc. to ensure that regulation-required clearances are being adhered to.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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