What Elevation Drawing Scale Should I Commission?

Our clients may require an elevation drawing for multiple reasons; it may be required for planning applications, façade retention, rights of light, condition survey, roof survey and drainage alteration survey purposes.

At Michael Gallie & Partners, we advise our clients on what elevation drawing scale they should commission based upon their scope requirements and to make sure that what’s issued is fit for purpose.

What Are Typical Scales & What Purposes Are They Used For?

The following survey elevation drawings scales and what they are typically used for are shown below:

  • 1:200 Scale Elevations – Rights of Light, Context Elevations & Street Scene Elevations
  • 1:100 Scale Elevations – Standard Façade Elevations & Planning Drawings
  • 1:50 Scale Elevations – Detailed Façade Elevations, Condition Surveys & Façade Retention
  • 1:20 Scale Elevations – Interior Design, Architectural Detail Reproduction & Heritage Recording Surveys
  • 1:5 Scale Elevations – Interior Design, Architectural Moulding Reproduction & Heritage Recording Surveys
Is Survey Accuracy Affected Depending on Elevation Drawing Scale Used?

The simple answer is No. For example, we would show the corner of a window head in both height and position on an elevation drawing at the same survey accuracy whether it was a 1:200 Scale or 1:5 Scale. The only difference between all the scales is that there is a sliding scale on the level of detail shown on each, with 1:5 Scale Elevation drawings showing the most amount of detail up to 1:200 Scale Elevation drawings showing the least amount of detail. At Michael Gallie & Partners, survey accuracy is never compromised no matter what scale elevation drawing you commission.

Michael Gallie & Partners are regulated by the RICS and have industry-leading £10 million Professional Indemnity insurance cover.

If you need any advice on commissioning an elevation drawing in either 2D or 3D formats, please contact Sam Lloyd at Michael Gallie & Partners who will be happy to assist you in this matter.