Last edited 03 May 2018

Soil report

Construction activities can have an adverse effect on soils and so its impacts need careful consideration as part of the development process. Local authorities may require a soil report as part of the planning application process.

A soil report is generally prepared by geotechnical engineers or civil engineers following a soil survey. It should provide an indication as to whether the site is suitable for the proposed construction, i.e. whether the soil and geological conditions will be able to provide the required support and stability. Consideration of the allowable soil bearing pressure and the possibilities of settlement is of particular importance.

The report may be incorporated into a Material Management Plan and Site Waste Management Plan. It can also be used by structural engineers to inform the choice of foundation design.

Some of the details that should be included in a soil report are:

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