FAQ’s

Below are some of the FAQ’s that we are commonly asked. If you need an answer to a question that is not below, please contact us here. 

ABOUT OUR SERVICES


What does a land surveyor and town planner do?

As land surveyors, we conduct boundary surveys to determine the exact property lines and the border of the land in question. We assess the spatial layout of the site and focus on the creation of re-establishment surveys, feature surveys and sub-division surveys. We will determine if there is easements and encroachments on the land or any other ‘roadblocks’ and requirements of the land. By doing a survey, this can help to resolve or avoid disputes about land and boundary lines and assist with the proper placement of fences and other structural items.

Our town planning expertise means that we are knowledgeable and able to plan and design the subdivision of land and assist with the entire development process. We help with sub division plans and surveying the land –  right through to managing road creation, utilities and landscaping of new estates and areas.

Do I need a land surveyor?

      • Buying a new home and want to cover yourself from future legal disputes?
      • Applying for a building permit?
      • Want to know the exact boundaries of your land?
      • Want to ensure you are erecting a fence in the correct area / on your property?
      • Planning a subdivision of your land?

If you are doing any of the above jobs, then yes! Give us a call today.

Can I do my own land survey on my property? 

In Victoria, the law states that property boundary surveys need to be conducted or at least supervised by a practising licensed surveyor. Any survey performed by unlicensed practitioners can compromise the development of the land or property as there is no legal standing for unlicensed surveys.

What’s the difference between a Land Surveyor and a Building Surveyor?

Land Surveyors focus on the spatial layout of the site – we look at the land and space you have to work with. We provide accurate details of boundaries, easements and other things that may affect your build on this land.

A Building Surveyor deals with the legal side of everything and ensures all permits and approvals are in place before building begins.

We can, and will, work closely with your building supervisor to ensure the project runs on track and as efficiently as possible.

I have a large block of land I’m thinking about sub-dividing, where do I start?

Firstly, check your original land contracts and the block or lot title to confirm whether the land is allowed to be subdivided. If you can’t find these documents, speak to a local title company or let us know and we can look into this for you. Consider the amount of plots you would like to have on the land, the larger the subdivision, the more complex it will become however speaking to Reddie Surveys or another experienced town planner will allow you to understand the possibilities and complexities of land subdivisions and we can  walk you through the entire process. We can help you out from start to finish; we’ll assist you with designing the subdivision, surveying the property, submitting applications to the relevant authorities and everything in between. Give us a call to set up an initial, obligation free meeting today about your subdivision plans.

ABOUT REDDIE SURVEYS


How Large Is Your Team?

We currently have 2 fully licensed surveyors, a survey assistant and a draftsman on our team. Together, our experience, knowledge and passion comes together to make us experts in all elements of land development and town planning.

How much experience do you have land surveying?

Owner and Manager of Reddie Surveys, Michael Reddie, has been a licensed land surveyor since 1977. Other Reddie Surveys team members have years of experience in the field and have appropriate qualifications and training. M.J. Reddie Surveys has been land surveying for over 25 years, therefore are well experienced.

How Far Do You Travel?

We can survey all over Victoria and am happy to travel to get to you. Our office locations are based in Berwick, Beaconsfield and Inverloch, however we move across the state to meet and service our customers.

Some of the areas that we have previously surveyed or assisted with town planning are:
Melbourne’s South East including Beaconsfield, Berwick, Narre Warren, Dandenong, Hallam, Pakenham, Cardinia, Officer, Bunyip, Lynbrook, Clyde and Cranbourne.
Gippland including Warragul, Traralgon, Morwell, Churchill and Mirboo North.
South Gippland including Wonthaggi, Sandy Point, Port Franklin, Kilcunda, Inverloch, Grantville, Korumburra, Leongatha and Tarwin.
Phillip Island including Cowes, Rhyll, Silverleaves, Ventnor, Summerlands, Smiths Beach, Newhaven  and Wimbledon heights

What Are Your Fees?

This is dependent on each and every project, size of the land, geographical location and the age of the land can vary fees. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to come out and give you an accurate quote for your land.

How much does a Re-Establishment Survey Cost?

GENERAL SUBDIVISION QUESTIONS


What are the steps in subdivision?

    1. Obtain a copy of the title and plan diagram – you can do so here: www.landata.vic.gov.au
    1. Complete a land survey with a licensed surveyor – they will liaise with council on your behalf
    1. Council will receive the plan from the surveyor and goes through an application process to ensure all requirements are met
    1.  Approved survey and application is sent to a conveyancer or lawyer who arranged the relevant documents for Land Victoria to lodge the application for registration of a plan of subdivision.
    1. Final approval takes place once Land Victoria is satisfied all requirements are met and then the new plan is registered. A new certificate of Title is issued to relevant stakeholders and development can commence.

How long does subdividing land take?

This depends on the council and how long the application spends with them and how long it takes to get all of the documents accurately verified. This generally takes between 3-6 months before building can be approved and begin.

How do I know if I can subdivide my land?

Whether or not you can subdivide you land depends on:

  • The size of your property
  • Town planning
  • Neighbourhood precedent
  • If is possible to build on the land
  • The land’s agricultural significance, and
  • Existing buildings that cannot be removed

Read more about whether your land is suitable for subdivision here.