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Platting and Zoning


Platting and zoning are vital to developing a project. Without the proper zoning, the building may not be used for its intended purpose. Without a plat, you can not get a city permit for construction.

The plat process if fairly straight forward and consists of:

1) Provide A-1 Engineering, LLC with an address or property location

2) A-1 Engineering, LLC will research the current plat status of the property and provide a course of action for getting the plat completed

3) A surveyor is hired to collect that data on the property. Most of the time, a surveyor will need to be hired to help with the plat; even if you already have a survey for the property. The surveyor has to help verify the boundarys with their seal and signature.

4) City and county forms are filled

5) City and county fees are paid

6) Plat application along with engineering documents illustrating the plat are submitted

7) Plat committee/board approves the plat

8) Plat is recorded with the county/city clerks office

Once the plat has been approved and recorded, the next phase is getting the rest of your plans together for permitting your new building.


Zoning is different than platting. Where platting establishes the boundaries for the property, zoning provides the classification for you to operate your business or use the building. For instance, you can not operate a bar/pub on a Residential zoned lot. Similarly, you can not use a commercial building for apartments unless the zoning changes to a multi-family zoning classification. Zoning helps the city/county control the business activity or use of the building. Although is can be a head ache at time, zoning benefits the community by strategically placing certain business activity in a location that has minimal or no interference with residential communities.