Some home builders develop the land on which homes are built. In this capacity they act as the land surveyor. They must look carefully at a piece of land to determine whether it complies with zoning regulations, local planning laws and environmental restrictions, and whether it is suitable for development. In an attempt to determine what lies below the land’s surface, the home builders study a lot’s topography, searching for rock outcroppings, shallow depth bedrock, shallow groundwater, natural drainage sources and dense vegetation.
During this process, the home builders also considers landscaping options and erosion control. Once the builder determines a site suitable for construction, they must navigate through the permitting process.