A Land Title Survey is a comprehensive investigation and evaluation of significant factors affecting and influencing boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way and easements within or immediately surrounding a certain lot, parcel or quantity of real estate. This survey locates, determines, or reestablishes on the ground the perimeters, division lines, or boundaries and area of the certain lot, parcel or quantity of real estate. A Land Title Survey differs from a traditional or standard property survey in that the Land Title Survey is for title insuring purposes and therefore must include greater detail not normally gathered in the traditional or standard property survey. The practice of locating land boundaries requires the services of a Registered Professional Land Surveyor well-versed in the science and art of boundary law and the mechanics of measuring and computing values pertaining to such surveys.
The purpose of a Land Title Survey will establish or reestablish on the ground the physical or record location and extent of real property lines, political boundaries or lines defining the perimeters of public or private ownership. This includes exteriors or centerlines of record easements, the evidence indicating the possibility of prescription or limitation rights, and visible improvements within the site. A Land Title Survey is a means of marking such lines or boundaries for sufficient definition and identification. Thereby, it uniquely locates each plot, parcel, lot, or other specific land area in relation to well recognized and established points of reference, adjoining properties, and rights of way.
Purposes of this specification: This specification is designed to provide for the normal needs of all title insuring agencies. This specification lists procedures and processes for the purpose of determining boundaries, quantity or area, for preparing a written description or for platting or mapping real estate as a professional service for the public.
Land Title Surveys may include, but are not limited to, the proper location, monumentation, description or platting of the following real estate:
- Residential, commercial and industrial lots, tracts, plots, blocks, sites or subdivisions.
- Acreage tracts for homesites, farms and ranches.
- Investment, agricultural or commercial lands for production of timber, crops, livestock, oil, gas, coal, or quarries, mines or other excavations.
- Public properties such as parks, beaches, lakes, roads, streets, waterways, highways, or building sites.
- Leases for commercial, agricultural or industrial purposes.
- Improved properties for the purpose of locating buildings, utilities or other facilities in relation to the property lines.