Soil Testing

A soil test can often be required for a Building Permit.

The purpose of a soil test is to provide a soil type classification and footing type recommendation. The type of soil beneath your proposed construction can affect your footing designs dramatically.

We can provide you with a soil test through our current suppliers, or we can order on your behalf through your existing providers.


Site investigations
Slab/footing recommendations

Soil tests play an integral role in determining site costs and ensuring your structure has the required support base.

This geotechnical investigation includes the surface and subsurface exploration of the site. Depending on the physical properties of the soil and rock found on the site, the report will provide footing recommendations, borehole logs and classifies your site in accordance with Australian Standards AS 2870.

Soil reports may also contain additional information with regards to Wind Speed Ratings and BAL - Busfire Attack Levels depending on the provider.


Test pits are a highly effective way of obtaining data which is then used to provide an accurate representation of the soil and rock conditions which underlie a potential construction site.

The pits are normally either dug by hand or by excavating equipment. They can range in depths depending on the subsurface properties of the site and what is required to be achieved from the testing.

Footing probes

Footing probes are similar to testpits with the purpose of determining an existing footing's depth.

This normally occurs when construction works are proposed near a neighbouring wall on the boundary or if you are planning an extension next to an existing wall.

Percolation testing

Percolation testing can be required when a property is not serviced by a reticulated sewerage system and a septic system is required. It is a test used to determine the liquid absorption rate of underlying soils so that the septic system can be designed and located appropriately.

LCA - Land Capability Assessment

Council may request an LCA which is a detailed report that identifies the site features to determine a sustainable on-site waste water management system.

This report is usually required when the property is in not in a sewered area and will require a septic system. The report can determine the location and area required for the system, the sub-surface disposal method and which on-site wastewater management system will be most suited to your site. Percolation testing can also form part of this report.

Landslip Report

Some steep properties may be required to have a Landslip Report accompany their planning permit application if the property is located within an EMO - Erosion Management Overlay. This assesses how the proposed development manages the potential landslip risk.

Let us process your soil test

Imagine ordering your for your soil testing online the same way on every job. Yes, it's that simple.

You apply the same way through our online portal and we'll look after the rest.

We continue to expand in what we can provide but ultimately we strive to make your project's path to site quick and easy.