Why Do I Need A Plot Plan?

Why a Certified Plot Plan is Important for Your Project

Why do I need a plot plan?

When working with Almar, you may see a requirement for a Certified Plot Plan. This document is crucial for planning entryways, dumpster locations, and understanding property boundaries. While not always needed for interior projects like kitchens or bathrooms, it is essential for additions, deck enlargements, or any exterior work.

What is a plot plan? 
A plot plan shows your house’s location on your property. Provided during home purchase, it may be referred to as a “mortgage plan.”

When might I need to supply a plot plan to get a permit? 
Requirements vary by town. Generally, a plot plan is necessary for any exterior changes, ensuring no encroachments on lot lines and compliance with local setbacks.

The rule of thumb used to be you need a plot plan if you are changing the foot print of the house, but that is no longer the case. Many towns requirement you to provide one anytime you do exterior work.  

Plot plan will also help the town understand if you are building in the ‘build able area’ of your property.   While you own all the way to the property line of your house, and pay taxes for it, you cannot build right to that property line.  Every town has “setbacks”… set backs are the allowable distance that you are allowed to build to the property line.   Every town and even every street in a town may have different setbacks.  

Our team has been working with families like yours for over 65 years. And it is important to use that everyone works together to create the best possible remodeling experience. While we can not create plots plans, you will need an engineer to do that, we can certainly help point you in he right directions as we go thru the planning process.

If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information Contact Almar: (781-826-2577) and watch our videos: http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.