Layout is the exact location of a future construction on a property. After the issuance of a permit, a layout certificate will then be issued by the land surveyor. It is a written confirmation of the execution of the work carried out.

Before delivering a construction permit, most municipalities demand the issuance of a layout project plan. The land surveyor prepares a layout project plan, which defines the future position of the new structure in relation to the property boundaries.

Layout is governed by the Regulations respecting standards of practice for staking and layout, established by the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (R.S.Q c. A-23. r.8.1.1).

Source: Publications du Québec website