The terms “red tag” and “red tagging” are used in the residential building industry to describe properties that have been cited for structural problems or other hazards. Often, these problems are the result of unpermitted construction work. In the state of California, it is the law that land developers and property owners must obtain building permits before proceeding with construction. Taking steps to get a permit for a building or improvement project will strongly reduce the likelihood of a property getting red tagged.
Topics: violation resolution
An aerial photograph can tell you a lot about a parcel of land. It can tell you where there are trees or lakes and where there are buildings or roads. It can even give you a basic sense of topographical variation.
Topics: land surveying
The use of drones for surveying is still a largely unknown fact for many individuals and businesses across the world. Being a relatively new device, drones are often not thought of first when it comes to using them for survey purposes. The world is still learning and accepting the use of drones into our everyday lives. What we would like to show you is how amazing these little flying machines can be, and how they can save you money, time, and provide a new set of results not easily accessible before.
When it comes to designing new building, most people think of blueprints and architectural plans. However, it’s important to remember that the building will not exist in a vacuum. On the contrary, the building, when finished, will be situated on a plot or parcel of land, and surrounded by landscaping. In addition to the architectural blueprints, every building project needs to have a site plan.
Anytime you are preparing to break ground on a new construction or development project; it is of paramount importance that you take some time to think about utilities. If you are building a house in a spot that is surrounded by existing buildings or other structures, there are likely existing utilities on the site that you will need to build around or connect to after construction is complete. If you are building in an entirely new place, you will need to consider the installation of utilities along with the more standard above-ground construction work of the project. Either way, a topographic survey is an essential first step.
Topics: topographic surveys
Every building project needs a site plan before it can move forward, and unless your project is set to break ground on an entirely flat parcel, your site plan needs to have contours. Contour lines illustrate variations of elevation throughout your property. They take your site plan and turn it into a topographical map. This topographic map is crucial to everyone involved in the design and construction of your project and can influence the cost of the job, to the timeline of completion, and quality of the finished product.
Are you going to rebuild the house that was there before, with either limited or no alterations? Or are you going to build a completely new home that doesn’t reflect what was there before? Once you decide what you would like to build and obtain floorplans, you will need to have them stamped by a non-expired California Engineer or Architect. All plans will also be required to meet present 2016 building codes, including structural engineering for wind and earthquake load, and energy code compliance. Hogan Land Services can provide review services, revision markups, structural engineering, calculations, and professional stamps on expired plan sets illustrating compliance with current 2016 building codes.
At this time in Northern California, one of the most pressing issues the community is facing is the Cleanup and Demolition process. After a catastrophic event such as the Tubbs Fire, leveling entire neighborhoods, the debris left behind must first be addressed before rebuilding and recovery may begin. Cleanup is most certainly everyone’s priority, with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors recently approving an ordinance for public cleanup guidelines. However, there’s also a private cleanup option homeowners can consider as well. We hope that in this time of need, the information below will assist the home and business owners in making a decision that best fits their needs.
If your home is removed significantly from access to city sewer lines, then constructing a septic system on your property is the most efficient and cost-effective way of wastewater treatment and disposal. These systems (referred to in most California legal documents as “onsite wastewater treatment systems,” or OWTS) are particularly common in rural or suburban residential areas.
Topics: septic services
Whether you are a residential property developer or a homeowner looking to add some improvements to your property, you need to understand the basics of building permits and when they are required. In the majority of situations, if you are building a new structure on a residential property—be it a brand-new house or an addition to an old one—you will need to obtain a permit from your local building council. Knowing how to get a permit, where you need to apply, and how much you can expect to pay, can help make the process that much smoother.