updated 12/15/22


WHAT IS A SITE PLAN?

A site plan is a diagram which is meant to show proposed improvements to a property.  A site plan is important because it also includes information in regards to the physical characteristics, features, and uses of a property.  The main purpose is to show the exact way that the intended land use relates to the features of a parcel and its surrounding area.  A
site plan should show what already exists, in addition to presenting what is being proposed. For example, a new structure, such as a garage or residence.

One of the most important features of a site plan is to show the relationship between what already exists, and what it is that you are planning to do.  A site plan is used to ensure that local and state codes are adhered to when it comes to making changes and additions to a specific property, and are retained for historical records.


PREPARING A SITE PLAN

One of the first steps in planning a project is the development of an accurate site plan.  And, to develop an accurate site plan requires a certain amount of pre-planning and information gathering.  The following is a list of information that we recommend obtaining to assist in preparing a site plan.

    1. A legal description of the land on which you plan to develop.
    2. A record of survey or a plat map of the parcel, drawn to scale if possible.
    3. Obtain Permit history for the property.
    4. The size, location, and use any easements recorded on the property.
    5. Location of underground and overhead utilities. These could include sewer, water, electric, etc.
    6. Name and/or number of adjacent streets, roads, or highways, and location and size of the rights of way.
    7. Zoning. Limitations on land use, allowable uses and structures, minimum yard requirements, etc.
    8. Critical Areas - wetlands, rivers, creeks, streams, steep slopes, erosion or land slide hazard areas, flood zones, habitat areas, etc.
    9. Proposed location of new structure(s) on the property.
    10. Location of existing structures - above and below ground.
    11. Assigned physical address(es).

NON-CERTIFIED VS CERTIFIED

A site plan may be non-certified or certified.  A non-certified site plan is one that is created by a property owner, contractor, or landscaper.  It is a drawing where the accuracy and dimensions are verified by the property owner.  A certified site plan is one that is prepared and stamped by an architect, engineer, surveyor, or other professional.  Grays Harbor County (GHC) accepts both certified and non-certified site plans.

SERVICES

Grays Harbor County does not provide site plan services. If a historical site plan of record exists, these may be provided upon request.  Should you need assistance preparing a site plan, please contact a consultant in the private sector, a contractor, title company, architect, engineer, surveyor, etc.  This is not a service provided by Grays Harbor County.


SITE PLAN REQUIREMENTS

The site plan may be prepared electronically or by hand, certified or non-certified, and meet the following standards:  

    1. Must be one of the following:
      • Letter Size (8 ½ X 11 inch)
      • Legal Size (8 ½ X 14 inch)
      • Ledger Size (11 X 17 inch)
    2. Drawn to scale
    3. North Arrow
    4. Scale
    5. Full Property Boundary Lines
    6. Driveway and Access Location (include name of road intersecting driveway)
    7. Easements (if applicable)
    8. Streams, Wetlands, Ponds
    9. Steep Slopes or Ravines (use arrows to depict slope direction)
    10. Septic Location (existing and/or proposed)
    11. Well or Spring Location (existing and/or proposed)
    12. Existing Structures (i.e. house, barn, garage, etc.)
    13. Proposed Structures (i.e. house, barn, garage, etc.)
    14. Off-street Parking
    15. Landowner Signature 
Timely processing of an application starts with an accurate site plan.  If the site plan does not meet the minimum standards, the application will be returned to the applicant or applicant's representative.  All further work will be on hold until a complete and accurate site plan is submitted.  Please take a moment to read the above listed requirements to ensure your application is not returned.


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