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Curb Cut Permits in Boston, MA.

On February 1, 2013, The City of Boston Commissioner of Public Works issued new guidelines for obtaining a curb cut permit. A proposed curb cut plan must be submitted with the application, and must be completed by a MA registered civil engineer or land surveyor. The new guidelines can be seen here.

What is an Elevation Certificate?

Homeowners who are paying for flood insurance may have heard the term “elevation certificate”, but just what is an elevation certificate? An elevation certificate is a certificate associated with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides information on elevation, building type, flood map location and other information. It measures the difference in elevation between […]

Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Acton, MA

Flood insurance rates have been rising across the state. If you’re seeking an elevation certificate in Acton, MA, the town does have information available to residents online. Information about flood zones in Acton can be found here. Acton has its own GIS/Mapping system which shows the town’s flood zones graphically, though the site does warn […]

Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Framingham, MA

For those seeking information on elevation certificates in Framingham, MA, some information can be found online on the town website. This includes a memo notifying residents of FEMA’s pending Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates. Residents can also view a map comparison of the draft 2014 FIRMs with the existing official 2010 FIRMs. This information […]

Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Woburn, MA

If you’re seeking an elevation certificate in Woburn, there is some information from the town available online, including a FAQ and Local 100 Year Floodplain Map. Also available online are FEMA FIRM maps. Property owners should keep in mind that flood zone designations are based on whole areas rather than an individual structure’s actual elevation. […]

Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Winthrop, MA

If you’re looking for information regarding elevation certificates in Winthrop, MA, the town is one which has a decent amount of information available online. According to the Town of Winthrop website, new flood maps for Winthrop are being proposed by FEMA and will take effect in July of 2015. Property owners who believe they will […]

How Much Does A Land Survey Cost in Massachusetts?

There are many factors which determine the cost of a land survey. When determining the land survey fee, a land surveyor will take the following into account: The type of survey, including the property size, shape and accessibility; the terrain and vegetation; and the time of year. Whether or not existing records and monuments on […]

The Electronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA)

Homeowners whose properties are considered to be within high-risk zones are often required by their lenders to obtain flood insurance. If the homeowner does not agree with this requirement, they can dispute it by getting a flood zone determination from FEMA. If the lowest adjacent grade elevation of the structure or the lowest lot elevation […]

Certified Plot Plans

In Boston Certified Plot Plans are required by the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department when you’re filing certain applications, including a Long Form Application, (BD-1, BD-1A) or (BD-2, 2A) Application to Amend Plans, and Permission for Use of Premises Application. Certified Plot Plans are stamped plans which must be drawn up by a Massachusetts […]

Property Survey in Newton, MA with Stakeout

There are many reasons why you may need the services of a land surveyor. Recently we conducted a property survey in Newton, MA. The homeowners were intending to cut down several trees on their property but first wanted a land survey to make certain that the trees were, in fact, on their property and not […]