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Ontario Land Surveyors/Consulting Engineers

Canada Lands Surveyors

Engineering Services and Land Surveying in Orillia and Surrounding Areas

Dearden and Stanton Limited offers a variety of services in both the fields of engineering and land surveying in Orillia and surrounding areas. We have been providing professional services since our incorporation in 1964. On this page, you’ll find descriptions and illustrations of some of our most commonly requested services to give you a better idea of what is offered by Dearden and Stanton Limited. We understand that each project is different and we will work with you to ensure that you receive the services that you require. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Surveyor’s Real Property Report (SRPR):

A SRPR is an as-built survey of new and existing structures detailing the boundaries of the property and any rights of ways, encroachments or easements that may affect your property. Included with a SRPR is a drawing and a written report outlining any points of interest in regards to your property. A SRPR is most commonly needed when buying or selling a property or when trying to settle a boundary dispute.

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Topographic Survey:

A Topographic Survey is a document prepared from field data that defines the horizontal and vertical position of surface and obvious underground features in and around a subject property. A topographic plan can be used by the architect and/or engineer to complete lot grading, site servicing and/or storm water management design for the property.

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Lot Grading Plan in Orillia

A Lot Grading Plan is a preconstruction design document required prior to issuance of a building permit that precisely defines the horizontal and vertical positioning of proposed structures and other improvements on a property. This allows the municipality to confirm the suitability of the proposed grading and drainage patterns after construction and provides a guideline document to verify the conformance of construction while in progress, and when completed.


Why Do You Need Lot Grading?


Lot Grading Plans help in specifying design elevations, surface gradients, lot types and drainage related information. The purpose of a lot grading plan is to provide proper drainage away from buildings for the benefit of property owners.


Our team at Dearden and Stanton Limited is proud to offer professional lot grading plans for property owners in Orillia. Whether you are constructing a residential house or a commercial property, we provide accurate plans. We first conduct a physical examination of the place and then build the plan which can act as the outset of a project. Property owners can also use this plan for the approval process from local authorities.

What is a Lot Grading Plan?


A grading plan shows different physical components of the site in five-foot increments. It shows the slope of the site and gives an accurate overview of the site to the supervisor. With the help of a grading plan, the site supervisor can analyze the strength of the structure.


The grading plan also gives an idea of rough grading. This is a process where piles of dirt and debris are removed to smoothen the surface area.


At Dearden and Stanton Limited, we have been providing grading plans for Orillia residents for several years. We have gained expertise and knowledge in providing precise results. Count on us for your project planning needs and build your dream property! 


We have served many corporate and municipal clients including Canadian National Railway Real Estate Department, Casino Rama, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and more.

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Contact Us Today

If you need professional land grading services in Orillia, reach out to Dearden and Stanton Limited today! Request an estimate by filling a form or write to us at

Reference Plan:

A Reference Plan (R-Plan) illustrates existing boundaries or can be used to depict new boundaries created by severance. The final Plan of Survey defines the legal limits and/or boundaries of the property and is deposited in the local Land Registry Office.

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Boundary Survey:

Boundary surveys are essential if you are planning to begin any construction work within your property limits. This could include projects like building a fence, a retaining wall, deck or even a house. By making sure you are building on your own property, and by respecting the setback requirements of your local municipality, you can properly protect your investment.

Subdivision Plan (M-Plan):

An M-Plan is used to create a large number of lots within a parcel of land in which the boundary of the property has been certified. Once an M-Plan is registered the original property fabric is replaced by the new property identification information.

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Storm Water Management:

Storm Water Management design defines the method of drainage collection and control, including both rate and quality control, and ensures that released drainage does not damage private or municipal property, minimizes or eliminates flooding or impacts to the groundwater table or downstream drainage systems, prevents erosion or pollution, and does not negatively impact aquatic life or habitat. Storm Water Management requirements are often site-specific depending on the watershed, approval authority’s specifications and the methods of storm drainage controls proposed.

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Boundary Disputes

Mr. Stanton has prepared several reports and has appeared as an expert witness regarding Boundary and Title disputes. He is very familiar with the process of completing Reports and Plans for submission in a Boundaries Act. Mr. Stanton has been cited in the following Ontario Court decisions regarding boundary issues:

  • Gall v. Rogers, 15 O.R., (3d) 250 [1993] O.J. No. 2285, Ontario Court, General Division
  • Meaford v. Grist, 2011 ONSC 3055
  • Tiny (Township) v. Battaglia, 2013 ONCA 274
  • Ellard v. Township of Tiny, 2012 ONSC 280
  • Bailey v. Barbour, 2013 ONSC 204

Additional Surveying Services

The following is a list of some of the Surveying Services offered by Dearden and Stanton Limited:

  • Crown Land Surveys (Provincial and Federal)
  • Conversion to Absolute Land Titles
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Property Surveys
  • Mortgage Surveys
  • Condominium Plans
  • Draft Plans of Condominium
  • Legal Plans
  • Canada Lands Surveys
  • Indian Reserves
  • Natural Resources Canada Federal Lands
  • Construction Layout
  • Integrated Surveys

Are You Thinking about Building a House?

When considering building a house and/or garage, or putting an addition on to an existing house, you will most likely require a building permit. The following are the steps we perform in order to help you to the building permit stage.

Permit Application Stage

  1. We prepare a base topographic plan. 
  2. Based on our topographic plan, the client, architect or builder design a Site Plan. 
  3. We prepare a grading plan using the building plans and the site plan that have been provided to us. 
  4. The client, or their agent, applies for permits (the services we perform are only a small part of the application). 
  5. Permits are issued, construction may begin.

Construction Layout Stage

We make all the necessary calculations in our office based on the final building plans that have been provided to us by our client and/or builder. Construction layout typically requires two or three field visits. Additional field visits might be necessary depending on the requirements, or complexity of the project.

  1. Stakeout for Excavation and Installation of Local Benchmark: This visit usually takes place before the excavation for the new building. It will determine where to dig and how deep. Marks are provided at major foundation corners of the proposed structure in order to show where the new structure is to be built. The depth of the excavation is guided by providing a cut stake referencing the underside of footing. A local benchmark is installed during the topographic survey process to be used throughout the construction. A benchmark is a point with a known elevation to which a builder can refer over the course of the project. It is often a nail in a permanent structure such as a fence or utility pole. 
  2. Stakeout for Footings: Pins are placed at exterior wall corners to allow footings to be set in the proper location. The bottom of excavation elevation is recorded and reported to the municipality, if required. 
  3. Layout for Foundation Walls Placement: Once the concrete is cast you may choose to have the house perimeter marked again on top of the footings. This will confirm that the foundation wall forms are set in the correct location. The markers that were used in-the-hole can be moved during the construction process. There is no guarantee the points remain in the original location as set by the survey crew. By staking the wall perimeter on top of footings you may avoid potential issues with setbacks to the property lines. 
  4. Surveyor’s Real Property Report (As-Built Survey): A field crew measures the new house and reports any other changes that have occurred on the property. Based on their measurements and findings, a Surveyor’s Real Property Report of the concrete foundation(s) is drafted in our office. This survey will confirm that the new structure is at appropriate setbacks from property lines and that elevations are correct. 
  5. Grading Certificate: Once the house has been built, and the landscaping complete, a lot grading inspection and certification will need to be completed in order to obtain a Grading Certificate from the Township. This certificate confirms that the grading has been completed in conformance with the Grading Plan that was submitted with the permit application. All of the landscaping must be completed before a certificate can be issued. Upon acceptance of our certification, the municipality will release lot grading deposits less than their processing fee.

Consulting Services

The following is a list of some of the Consulting Services offered by Dearden and Stanton Limited:

  • Preliminary Design
  • Detailed Design and Approvals
  • Site Servicing
  • Storm Water Management
  • Construction Cost Estimates
  • Construction Layout and Supervision
  • Service Testing & Certification
  • Development Agreements
  • Pre-Engineering Mapping
  • Tender Process
  • Project Management


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Dearden And Stanton Limited

89 Coldwater Street East

Orillia, ON Canada

L3V 1W8

Phone: 705-325-9521

Toll Free: 800-461-0219

Fax: 705-325-0241


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