A Set-out Survey defines the exact position of a proposed structure within the legal boundaries of a piece of land. They are a physical transference of a building design onto the land itself for builders to follow during construction.

Building set out surveys for property development projects

What is a building set out survey?

A builting set out survey transfers a building design onto a precise survey of the land itself. Builders can follow this accurate set-out plan during construction. A set out survey shows the exact locations and measurements of proposed structures. It also outlines the legal boundaries for developments on a piece of land.


Why do I need a building set out survey?

Set out surveys ensure your construction is within the legal boundaries of your property, and as per the conditions of the building permit. Builders and contractors can follow your plans and designs precisely. Key points of your design are established and markers are set down by the survey to guide the building process from the foundations all the way through to floor heights if required.


Building Set-out Surveys are helpful for diverse construction projects such as:

  • Extensions to existing buildings.

  • Buildings of small dwellings to commercial high-rise.

  • Constructing roads, bridges, and tunnels


Set out surveys are important for any kind of construction work as it allows builders to accurately visualise how a proposed structure will fit into a space. Builders can follow key points and markers provided on the survey plan, and use these as a guide for complete confidence in construction. This allows for construction to be precise and efficient, saving your time and money.


Our experienced surveyors who specialise in commercial property team will work through the entire process with you. It will ensure you receive everything you need to complete your building project.


Our typical process

We utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data then produce our topographical survey plans. Using the latest CAD software programs the data is analysed and processed accurately to produce our topographical survey drawings. The equipment we use is state of the art, ranging from traditional total stations to 3D laser scanning or RPA (drone). We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.

Once our plans are drafted they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that what we have captured is delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible.

In summary;

  • Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.

  • Agree on a scope of work.

  • A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary data collection equipment.

  • All data is then processed via our team located in one of our offices around the Country.

  • All plans or drawings are then independently reviewed via our QA process.

  • All deliverables are then created for viewing in PDF, AutoCAD or Revit.

  • We also have the ability to create a 3D scan or virtual tour of your property to create a fully interactive view of a site.

Building set out survey samples

See some of our case studies