“...a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock....a foolish man...built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” - Matthew 7:24:27
So, you’ve found a prime location for your new home, commercial building, or even an industrial factory. Congratulations! It’s nice to finally settle on the piece of dirt that will serve you for years to come. There’s only one problem with your new location — the site isn’t ready for construction. The ground is filled with vegetation, old stumps, roots, and rock formations that have made the ground uneven and inconsistently dense. Preparing this area for construction requires site clearance.
Site clearance (also known as site clearing) is the process of demolishing and clearing away any elements of a plot of land to prepare it for the construction of a new structure. Giving a home or building’s foundation solid footing will ensure fewer foundational issues throughout the life of the structure.
During the site clearance process, construction or demolition specialists use a variety of tools in a variety of stages to clear away unwanted elements. These elements can include vegetation such as trees, overgrown brush, grasses, old stumps, and tree roots that may compromise construction. Some stages may consist of using hand-held tools and saws. Other steps may include heavy earth-moving equipment such as excavators and mounted jackhammers.
Before any site clearance can commence, compliance with site clearing permits is absolutely necessary. These permits ensure that those performing the site clearance have considered the required local laws dictating site clearance. Some of these regulations protect against land erosion as a consequence of such clearing processes. Other rules aim to prevent the damage of nearby water drainage systems or the contaminations of bodies of water.
Irresponsible site clearing practices can cause damage to adjacent properties as well as contaminate nearby habitats or even sources of drinking water. For this reason, it is essential to employ experienced and licensed demolition professionals to conduct any site clearing processes. The repercussions of not securing a site clearing permit or violating a site clearing permit’s requirements can be costly to the landowner and dangerous to nearby residents.