Rebuild Permit Process

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Apr 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

After the October 2017 fires, many Sonoma County residents have been faced with having to rebuild their home or business. These home and business owners are now looking to obtain a building permit to rebuild after their lot has been cleared of debris. The issuance process for each permit is different, just as every rebuild project is different. Some owners choose to rebuild the exact same home in the same footprint while others may choose to change the floor plan or add additional square footage. With either option, a building permit must be obtained.

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Building Permits: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Apr 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

If you are in the process of planning a new construction project, be it a shed in your backyard, an addition to your house, a new home on vacant plot of land, or a large commercial development, you will most likely need a building permit. Although you may be eager to break ground on your project, it’s important to consider the legal aspects of the job first. Namely, what are your obligations concerning building permits?

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Boundary Surveys and How Their Cost is Determined

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Mar 29, 2018 2:59:27 PM

A boundary survey is a type of land survey carried out to determine the exact location of the land you are entitled to based on your deed. At the conclusion of a boundary survey, you will know where your boundary lines, corners, and easements, are located, and if there are any encroachments of over the boundary lines. Some of the most frequent reasons to get a boundary survey are: before purchasing a property to make sure that the seller is correct about the size and location of the land described in the property deed, to settle property disputes with neighbors, and to properly prepare site plans for building and development projects.

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Topics: boundary surveys

Site Plans – Everything You Need to Know About Site Planning and Design

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Mar 26, 2018 3:49:04 PM

Site Plan Design

A site plan is a map of a parcel that includes information about the existing features of the land as well as proposed improvements to it. If you have a vacant piece of property that you wish to build on or otherwise improve, you would need a site plan to outline the locations of buildings, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and landscaping elements. The site plan should also include information about underground improvements, including water lines, sanitary sewer lines, drainage lines, and more.

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Topics: topographic surveys

The Art of Resolution: What To Do When Your Building Permit Application Is Rejected

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Feb 21, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The permitting process for your building project should be simple. You submit a permit application with supporting construction documents, wait a few weeks to get an approval back, and then begin construction. Provided you plan and leave enough time for agency review, you should not have a problem.

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Keeping Your Septic System up and Running

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Feb 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Septic system design and construction can be complex processes. When you install your septic tank, you need to perform multiple tests on the chosen leach field, as well as consider other components, suchthe tank itself to ensure reliable, hygienic performance. With a careful, meticulous design and planning stage, your septic system should be able to operate for many years without issuealong with the occasional pumping.

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Topics: septic services

What You Need to Know about Building Permits

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Whether you are planning to build a house on a parcel you own, or construct a shed in your backyard, there is a chance that you will need to obtain a building permit to move forward with the process. A building permit represents an approval to proceed with a construction project usually from the local city or county building department.

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How Drones Have Changed Aerial Photography — and What It Means for Land Surveying

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Feb 6, 2018 4:26:54 PM

Drones are changing the landscape of many industries. From land surveying to real estate and journalism, drones have already had a pronounced impact on how many people do their day-to-day jobs. They’ve triggered those changes to a large extent by making aerial photography more accessible to the masses.

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Topics: drones, land surveying

What You Need to Know About California’s Septic Waiver System

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Feb 1, 2018 7:30:00 AM

If you live too far from an urban area to connect to the city sewer network, then you will need a septic system on your property to dispose of sewage and wastewater. However, under California law, developers and homeowners are required to obtain formal authorization from a state Water Board before moving forward with septic system design and installation. The Water Board can provide this authorization either by granting a permit or signing a septic waiver. The documentation you need to build a septic system will vary depending on where you reside in the state.

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Topics: septic services

Boundary Survey Cost Considerations

Posted by Hogan Land Services on Jan 20, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Do you need to know the exact location of property lines, encroachments, corners, or other property boundaries? If so, a boundary survey is what you need. A boundary survey is meant to tell you exactly where your property begins and ends. This information is useful if you are planning to build a fence or improvement at or along your property line. Accidentally building into an easement or over a boundary line into your neighbor’s property can be a costly mistake.

To avoid a situation where you might have to tear down or move improvements later, it’s best to clarify boundary locations now. You could also use a boundary survey to resolve property disputes with a neighbor or confirm a property you are buying is as big as the seller claims it is.

Boundary survey costs will vary from property to property depending on a few different variables. These factors include:

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