Frequently Asked Questions

What does Hogan Land Services provide?

We provide a variety of services to increase the value of your property.

What services does Hogan Land Services provide?

 Land surveyingcivil engineeringstructural engineeringseptic solutionsplanningviolation resolution and permit assistance.

What is Land Surveying?

Land Surveying is the measurement of the land and the determination of the boundary of a certain parcel.

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering is the design of fixed works related to a property for construction, drainage and grading purposes.

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural Engineering is the design and preparation of calculations for drawings related to commercial and residential structures, roads, driveways, bridges, ponds, retaining walls and other structures.

What do plans consist of?

Plans include a design of the items being built, notes, details and specifications.

Why do I need plans?

You might need plans based on county or city regulations, and the need to have the work properly priced (Bid) and constructed.

Why do I need a permit anyway, my project is so small?

County or city regulations usually dictate when a permit is required.

What are the steps in the process with HLS?

We discuss your project needs and goals, we prepare a scope and fee proposal for your review, upon your authorization, we perform the work in accordance to the authorized scope. We invoice you as significant progress is made and we finish the scope of work, making recommendations about any necessary follow up efforts.

How long will my project take?

It depends on the complexity, and we’re always willing to estimate this for you after our initial research.

How much can I expect to pay?

It depends on the complexity and special needs of your project. We are always willing to estimate this for you after our initial research.

Why is my bill different from my original estimate?

An estimate is a “best guess”. The final bill may be more or less than the estimated fees. When the project is running over the estimated fees by more than 10%, you will be notified, the reasons will be discussed and your authorization will be requested.

What is a “modification?”

A change to the plan required by the client, the agency or the site specifics which may or may not change the fees involved.

When will I be billed for the work HLS performs?

Each time a milestone or significant progress is made. On large projects, a monthly billing might be made. On smaller projects, the billing is usually done after the product is complete.

Why is my project taking longer than we thought it would?

There might be several reasons, and we’ll discuss those with you based on your project specifics.

What is Topographical Mapping?

A survey locating topographical features both man-made and natural as a basis for improvements or changes to the land.

What is a Boundary Retracement Survey?

A boundary retracement survey shows the record boundary of the parcel using record data for the parcel and found monumentation.

What is a Boundary Survey?

Using the Boundary retracement, material discrepancies with the record data, overlaps and gaps and encroachments are all worked out. A Record of Survey is prepared and recorded with the County.

Who have you worked with in our community, in the land development field?

Hogan Land Services, Inc. and our Principals have worked with many professional consultants and contractors in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake and Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties.

The Hogan Land Services team is ready to help you with your land development project! Whether you are in Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Livermore, or anywhere in our great state of California we can help!

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