Topographical Land Surveys | How Much Do They Cost?

Discover how much a topographical land survey can cost and top tips to help save you money.

Written By Tom Ayre – Company Director

In this guide, we explain how much a typical topographical survey can cost along with what aspects affect the overall price of the work.

This guide will hopefully shed light on how much a survey costs, how they are quoted for and what you can do to reduce the cost of your topographical survey.

In this article we discuss the following:

  • How much does a topographical survey cost?
  • How to save money when obtaining topographical survey quotes.
  • Example pricing that THS Concepts have charged.

Let’s get started.

How Much Does a Topographical Survey Cost?

In the UK land surveying companies typically charge between £300 and £1000 for a day’s surveying work on site. Once back in the office the information that has been collected whilst on site will be drawn up using computer aided design (CAD) software.

A typical cost to draw up the topographical survey would be between £300 and £600 per day. As a rough rule of thumb, for every day on site for 1 surveyor, expect a day in the office to draw up the topographical drawings.

Topgraphical survey service by THS Concepts
screenshot of a topographical survey CAD drawing

What Can Influence The Time / Costs?

The number of hours or days to survey a piece of land can vary based on several factors, these include:

  • The extent of the land to be surveyed.
  • How overgrown the area of land is.
  • The level of detail you require.
  • The level of accuracy you require.
  • The location of the plot of land.

Once back in the office the hours/days to draw a topographical survey heavily depend on:

  • The extent of the survey, is there a lot of information to show?
  • The detail required. If there is a lot of features to show then this takes time to complete.
  • The desired CAD output, do you need elements in 3D or 2D etc.

The topographical survey company undertaking the quote will typically work out how many days to survey on-site and draw up in the office. They will then produce a quote based on these time frames. Most land surveying companies typically charge VAT which is another cost to factor in.

How To Save Money On Your Topographical Quotes?

Getting the best value quote for your land survey project is important. Here are some quick ways you can reduce the cost of your topographical survey when asking for quotes from survey companies:

  • Reduce the size of the land to be surveyed, do you need the whole plot surveyed?
  • Can you reduce the detail? Do you need to pick up certain features such as spot heights in certain locations?
  • Can you make the survey process more efficient? Can you reduce overgrowth and make the Surveyors life easier?
  • Give a detailed RICS specification to avoid doubt. Let the topographical survey company know exactly what to pick up.
  • Check the surveyor’s credentials. Ensure you are using a credible surveying company.
  • Thoroughly check your quote to avoid costs that aren’t required.
  • Request example drawings in pdf & cad format to see what you will receive

We have written a more in-depth guide on how to save money with your topographical survey.

Land surveyor using a leica total station measuring a wall
aerial photo of a house showing the boundaries of a topographical survey

Small Site In London.

aerial photo showing a red lined area for a topographical survey

Medium Site in Essex

Topographical survey extent image large area

Large Site In Kent

Examples Of Our Topographical Land Survey Costs

Here we give you three examples of how much we charged to undertake three fairly standard topographical surveys. The land surveying costs quoted included a site survey and producing a topographical survey drawing in CAD and PDF format.

Please note that the surveying costs quoted are heavily based on the distance to the site. Our travel costs are charged from our office in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Small Site In London

Approx Dimensions: 50m long x 20m wide
Difficulty: Medium (moderately overgrown)
Cost: £600 + VAT

Medium Site in Essex

Approx Dimensions: 100m long x 100m wide
Difficulty: Medium (difficult shape land, moderately overgrown)
Cost: £1750 + VAT

Large Site in Essex

Approx Dimensions: 400m long x 50m wide
Difficulty: Medium (difficult shape land, moderately overgrown)
Cost: £3300+ VAT

How To Get A Topographical Land Survey Quote

Get your project off of the ground today and get a quote for your topographical land survey requirements. All quotes returned within 1 working day.

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  1. jose menete October 31, 2019 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Thank you for presenting the product. Please I would like to know how much can cost a topographical land survey level .

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